Learning Areas > Outdoor Education
Head of Outdoor Education: Mr Stuart Coleman
P: +61 3 9816 1259 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Learning Area
Outdoor Education focusses on personal development through interaction with others and responsible use of the natural environment.
Structured outdoor experiences promote aspects of personal development such as self-esteem, resourcefulness, interdependence, independence, leadership, judgement, co-operation, tolerance and resilience.
Students live communally, enabling them to co-operate, not only with the environment but also with their peers. They are faced with challenges that provide the opportunity for personal growth and expansion of their horizons.
Experiences in the outdoors allow students to become more aware of the effect life in the 21st century is having on the earth and encourages them to develop and implement ecologically sound living principles. They are involved in practical work that assists in the preservation of natural resources and the reversal of human impact on the areas we visit.
Adventure captures the interest of students, stimulates their learning, challenges them physically and mentally, while providing access to a range of natural environments.
Enjoyment is a crucial part of all programs as it creates an ideal learning environment. Outdoor Education experiences provide the opportunity for students and staff to get to know one another in a less formal setting than that of the classroom.
Outdoor Education in the Middle School
Through the Outdoor Education program students have the opportunity to visit and explore three very different and exciting environments. All students are required to complete one Outdoor Education unit in each of the three years in Middle School.
At present these environments are:
- Coastal - Carey's Camp Toonallook on the Gippsland Lakes in East Gippsland
- Semi-arid - Hattah-Kulkyne National Park in North Western Victoria
- Sub-alpine Mountains - King River and Wabonga Plateau of the Alpine National Park in North Eastern Victoria
The timing of each unit varies so that the environmental and climatic conditions are utilised to the best advantage of each particular area and to provide challenges which are relevant and reasonable for the age group.
Through each of these Outdoor Education programs, students reinforce previously learnt skills as well as being given the opportunity to learn new skills. As they move through each of the units, students are increasingly allocated to groups on a random basis, with the exception of choice of tent partner. This ensures that students mix and work with others in their year level, which also assists with broadening friendship groups.
Students utilise the experience to make links to other units of study which are being undertaken in the classroom at Kew, both before and after their participation in a program.
The Middle School Outdoor Education programs prepare students for the exciting range of expeditions which are offered as part of the Year 10 Outdoor Education curriculum in the Senior School.