Outdoor education provides a range of opportunities that support and facilitate every boy’s personal, spiritual and social development as they progress through College life.
Boys thrive as they participate in a range of camps and retreats as well as optional hikes, bushwalks, road trips, treks and a huge range of other outdoor experiences.
These experiences enhance learning, build relationships and respect, develop leadership and teamwork, as well as resilience as boys overcome fear and adversity as they push outside their comfort zones. Connection with nature also provides a platform for spiritual growth and experience.
Highlights of the Outdoor Education Program include:
- Milson Island camp (Year 5)
- Camp Toukley (Year 6)
- The Great Aussie Bush Camp (Year 7)
- Ski Trip (Year 8)
- Workul Koo Retreat Center Terrigal (Year 9)
- Immersions to Walgett and Bowraville (Year 10)
- Snowy Hike (Year 11, the 100 km 6-day trek is a 30 + year tradition at the College)
- Bush Retreat to Tallow Beach (Year 12)
- Duke of Edinburgh practice hikes and expeditions
- Kokoda preparation
- Warrumbungles expedition
Other programs included weekly boxercise, paddle boarding, indoor rock-climbing, hikes for ‘Be You’ programs, surf life-saving and surfing for PDHPE, peer support and peer mentoring activities.
Outdoor Education Brochure
Outdoor education provides a range of opportunities that support and facilitate every boy’s personal, spiritual and social development as they progress through College life. The program encourages self-development by:
- promoting positive relationships
- building respect amongst students, as well as between students and staff
- challenging students to test themselves in a controlled environment.
- promoting personal resilience
- developing co-operation, teamwork and an awareness of the power of a unified group
- developing positive attitudes towards conservation and a sense of stewardship of all Australia’s natural environments
- providing opportunities for students to learn and exercise leadership
- allowing students to learn in an enjoyable, activity-based manner