Through interaction with the natural world, outdoor education aims to develop an understanding of our relationships with the environment, others and ourselves. The emphasis for learning is placed on relationships concerning humans and natural resources. – (Priest & Gass 2005)
The Year 9 program invites students to the following:
- Physically challenge themselves over a 3 day, 2 night fully self-sufficient expedition. Covering up to 30km trekking & paddling through the Wellington National Park. This also includes a full day of abseiling and rock-climbing the Wellington Dam Quarry.
- Develop a respect for the human-nature relationship we all share with our connection with the land. Focusing on conservation and Indigenous cultures and practices of the world.
- Build fires from scratch then learning to cook traditional Indigenous meals.
- Up-skilling in their roping techniques, knowledge and practices. Activities within the roping program include: prussiking and slack-lining.
- Snorkelling the beautiful turquoise coast.
- Learn the basics of mountain biking.
- Complete the Statement of Commitment Form.
- Students will need to complete a Swim Competency Test in class. This will consist of the following:
- 200m continuous swim with NO assistance (no floatation aids, kickboards, fins/flippers or wetsuits etc.)
- 3 minutes treading water
- 7m+ underwater swim. (A rashie must be worn – does not need to be an ODE rashie. Can be one you already own.)
- A genuine interest in outdoor activities and the environment.
- A rashie for sun protection. Should you not own a rashie already, they are available for purchase from the Uniform Shop.
Additional Course Fee
This course/subject attracts a fee of $500 and is in addition to 2022 Family Fees. The fee will be invoiced on your family fee account and is payable in full on the 17th February 2022.