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Year 10 Physical Education

Outdoor Education

Course Description

All Year 10, students participate in an Outdoor Education Expedition – this is the culmination of a sequential program that has its foundation in Year 4.

Structured Outdoor Education experiences provide the opportunity for promotion of independence and group co-operation, as well as providing each student with leadership and small group living experiences. All Outdoor Education programs at Carey aim to assist students in developing an awareness of, and appreciation for, the natural environment and encourage them to implement more ecologically sound living principles.

In Year 10 students nominate their preference for participation in an eight day expedition which will be conducted in either Semester 1 or Semester 2. Each expedition involves students in further development of adventure activity skills and encourages personal development.


Students are assessed through a process of observation of all aspects of their participation throughout the program.

Staff complete a criterion based checklist, which is issued in the reporting period during which the student participated in their Outdoor Education Expedition.


Students choose from 11 different expeditions.

Bogong High Plains Cross Country Skiing

This expedition begins with three days of cross country skills training, staying overnight in hard-top accommodation near Falls Creek.

Participants join one of two expedition groups which will ski off to separate locations, carrying all of their food, personal and group equipment in backpacks and one group sled. Each group spends four nights camped in the wonders of the snow environment in snow tents, with the possibility of constructing snow shelters.

There is a combination of skiing with and without packs on a range of terrain, practising skiing techniques and observing some of Victoria's highest peaks. Students do not need to have previous skiing experience, however, a keen sense of adventure is necessary.

Two experienced staff and one member of the teaching staff will accompany each group.

Corryong to Carey Bike Ride

Students tour some of Victoria's most stunning country on this demanding activity, pedalling on road bikes from Corryong to Kew, through areas of the Snowy Mountains. This program is for those seeking a significant challenge as a number of days involve cycling in excess of 100 kilometres.

Safety vehicles travel at the front and rear of the group and track notes are issued at nightly briefings. A number of practise rides and road safety lessons are offered before this activity and these are highly recommended as essential preparation for the Corryong to Carey ride.

Accommodation will be in basic hard-top settings and all cooking will be done by the students.

Gippsland Lakes Sailing

This expedition begins with three days of introductory sailing in dinghy yachts based at Camp Toonallook on the Banksia Peninsula. Students gain skills and an understanding of the basic principles of sailing. On day four students will move from the smaller yachts to larger, fixed keel yachts (up to 33 feet/10 metres) and further explore the Gippsland Lakes.

Students are responsible for menu planning, food ordering, route planning and navigation. All personal clothing and equipment is carried in the yachts for the duration of the expedition.

It is intended that by the completion of the expedition students will have developed sufficient skills to manage and operate the yachts. No previous sailing experience is needed.

Each yacht will be supervised by a suitably experienced member of staff.

Great Ocean Walk

The Great Ocean Walk on Victoria's west coast stretches 91 kilometres from Apollo Bay to Glenample Homestead near the Twelve Apostles. It passes through beautiful National Parks and overlooks the Marine National Parks and Sanctuary.

It takes participants along beaches, sand dunes, rock platforms, cliff tops, through pristine coastal forest, scrub land and grass trees, by waterfalls, amazing geology and wildlife, with awesome sea views. Groups stop at camping sites en-route and are independent throughout the walk.

Students with a keen interest in walking should consider this option.

Mitchell River Rafting

This white water rafting activity is run on the Mitchell River in Gippsland; water levels determine the nature and precise location of this trip.

Preparation for the trip includes briefings on food and clothing packing, raft management, paddling techniques and safety.

It is planned, weather and water conditions permitting, that students spend at least six to seven nights sleeping under tarps on the river banks. Each group does their own cooking.

The trip is run by professional rafting guides, supported by Carey Outdoor Education and teaching staff.

Rock and Bike

This expedition combines rock climbing and mountain biking. The adventure begins in the Northern Grampians and from there students mountain bike to Mount Arapiles in Victoria's Western District.

The cycle from the Grampians to Mount Arapiles is supported by vehicles to ensure safety and to carry equipment. There is a possibility that students will be able to sleep in a cave in the Black Range on one night. Some time may also be taken to look at the history of the Indigenous peoples of the area and their use of the land. Students must provide their own mountain bike.

At Mount Arapiles, students challenge themselves on the rock face where there is a wide range of graded climbs to suit all abilities. The climbs range from short, single-pitch climbs to the longer multi-pitch climbs, providing all students with time to explore the cliffs higher up and take in spectacular views of the surrounding land. Professional climbing instructors are on hand to ensure safe and enjoyable climbing.

Sea Kayaking

This expedition involves paddling on the open waters of the Gippsland Lakes in East Gippsland.

The first day is spent developing skills on protected water before venturing out into more open waters for the remainder of the expedition. The eight days are spent journeying and exploring the lakes system commencing and finishing at Carey's Camp Toonallook. All gear and food is stowed in the double sea kayaks paddled by the students.

Each of the two expeditions is led by experienced and qualified instructors.

Snowy River Rafting

This white water rafting takes place on the Snowy River in far East Gippsland; water levels determine the nature and precise location of this trip.

Preparation for the trip includes briefings on food and clothing packing, raft management, paddling techniques and safety.

It is planned, weather and water conditions permitting, that students spend at least six to seven nights sleeping under tarps on the river banks. Each group does their own cooking.

The trip is run by professional rafting guides, supported by Carey Outdoor Education and teaching staff.

Glenelg Canoe/Walk

This expedition has two components: canoeing on the Glenelg River in far western Victoria and walking part of the Great South West Walk, along Discovery Bay, situated near the border of Victoria and South Australia.

The canoeing section wanders through beautiful limestone cliff and remote bush areas with an abundance of wildlife, while the walking component begins at the end of the river journey, at the mouth of the Glenelg River, and involves long stretches of striking beach-walking.​

Tall Ship Sail Training

Students depart Hobart on the tall ship training vessel, Windeward Bound.

Whilst on board students are involved in the ship's daily operations and participate in all aspects of sailing, including climbing the rigging to set and furl sails, navigation, steering and course plotting, maintenance tasks, food preparation and cleaning tasks. Students are allocated to a Watch Group, with each taking turns at operating the ship in four-hourly rotations over a 24 hour period.


Toonallook Program

This program is for students new to the School who have no experience of Outdoor Education or for students who, for medical reasons, cannot participate in the general program. The program is designed to give students an opportunity to experience a variety of outdoor activities and to develop integration skills for living in a small community, in a new environment.

The program is undertaken at Carey's Camp Toonallook on the shores of the Gippsland Lakes, 300 kilometres from Melbourne.

Adventure, achievement, accountability and living and working together in a small community are vital components of the program.

The first few days introduce students to a number of activities. These sessions provide students with the necessary skills and confidence to complete the two night expedition camping at Rotamah Island among the sand dunes of Ninety Mile Beach.

  • Sea kayaking.
  • Canoeing.
  • Sailing.
  • Environmental awareness.
  • Bushcraft.
  • Cooking.
  • Initiative activities.
  • Problem-solving.
  • Food and equipment preparation and packing.