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Year 9 Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education

Common Unit

Unit Description

Year 9 students participate in a variety of adventure activities whilst undertaking a seven-day expedition at the King River-Wabonga Plateau (Alpine National Park).

  • Bushwalking and navigation.
  • Canoeing.
  • Mountain Bike Riding.
  • River crossings.
  • White water rafting/sledding.

Students develop and utilise the necessary skills to successfully complete their journey. The responsibility for navigation, leadership and group management rests primarily with them. They live communally during the expedition, which encourages them to take a co-operative approach in their interaction with their peers and with the environment.

The Year 9 Outdoor Education program continues to build on the learning of previous years, encouraging students to develop and implement more ecologically sound living principles and supporting the development of key characteristics in line with Carey’s Positive Learner Attributes including; 

  • Self-esteem.
  • Resourcefulness.
  • Interdependence.
  • Independence.
  • Leadership.
  • Judgement.
  • Co-operation.
  • Tolerance.
  • Determination.
  • Resilience.


Informal assessment occurs throughout the program with staff providing feedback as necessary. Students write reflections on their experiences and their learning based on Carey’s nine Attributes of a Positive Learner and are encouraged to self-assess based on a series of guided questions. This aspect of personal and social learning is an important element of Outdoor Education.