The Outdoor Education Program at the College challenges students to develop a range of personal, interpersonal and practical skills, using the outdoors as a powerful tool for learning. Outdoor Education is sequential program for all students from Yr 7 through to Yr 10. The program is viewed as part of the curriculum, as the students receive instruction and experience in important areas such as fitness, first aid and leisure and survival skills. Activities cover experiences in canoeing, camping, bush craft, bush walking, mountain biking, surfing, and orienteering.
The program also includes a wide range of outdoor activities and learning excursion that will allow the students to develop personally through interaction with others and the natural environment. Students will have the opportunity to experience different activities at each year level;
• Year 7 Camp Outdoor Education camp at Garema Dumont camp (Brisbane Ranges)
• Year 8 Aquatic Camp at Anglesea
• Year 9 Outdoor Education and inquiry based learning Camp at Garema Dumont
• Year 10 Nordic skiing trip to Lake Mountain
• Year 11 and 12 Outdoor and Environmental Studies expeditions involving a wide range of activities including: snorkelling, rock climbing, horse riding, camping and Nordic skiing
Part of the Outdoor Education Programme is conducted at Garema Dumont, a camp site owned by the College and located in the Brisbane Ranges, one and a half hours drive from the College. Garema has excellent accommodation for staff and students and a range of facilities have been developed including:
• A flying fox
• High and low ropes courses
• A ‘pampa pole’
• Mountain bikes
• Orienteering and bush walking trails
Garema is also used for incidental weekend Homegroup and subject based camps.
Use is also made of campsites at Anglesea and Lake Mountain for the year level Outdoor Education Program.