Outdoor Education - Policy Document

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Outdoor Education Policy

Purpose: To establish Outdoor Education as an integral part of the school's co-curricular program in Stages 4 & 5 (Years 7-10).

Definition: An outdoor education program involves a series of physically and mentally challenging activities which are outdoor and adventure based. They are design to be sequential but are structured so that the students can participate at their own level.


  1. Students at SBHS need ample opportunities to develop kinaesthetic awareness, coordination and physical strength.
  2. There is a need for students to foster a greater sense of cooperation to counteract the competitive environment which exists in the school.


  1. To develop teamwork, leadership and imitative skills that the students can utilise in their school environment and community.
  2. To provide the students with the opportunity to participate in a challenging activities in order to increase self-esteem, self-reliance and self-confidence.
  3. To provide a medium which promotes communication, planning, decision making and acceptance of others,
  4. To foster an understanding and appreciation of the natural environment.

Outcomes: Students should be able to:

  • Value themselves as an important member of various groups.
  • Express a realistic perception of their personal capabilities.
  • Respect the rights, feelings and efforts of others.
  • Show concern for the welfare of others.
  • Enjoy participating in worthwhile physical activities.
  • Recognise the challenging and satisfying nature of performance.
  • Share ideas, feelings and information with others.
  • Select appropriate ways to express feelings, values and beliefs in different contexts.
  • Use a variety of communication skills including assertiveness and conflict resolution, where appropriate.
  • Make positive contributions to the group activity within both competitive and cooperative situations.
  • Demonstrate the correct use of specified equipment and apparatus.
  • Select appropriate roles in different group situations.
  • Demonstrate the effective and efficient use of a range of equipment and apparatus.
  • Respond to new movement tasks in known and unknown situations.
  • Adapt to the varied demands of a range of physical activities.
  • Use safety devices and protective equipment in relevant situations.
  • Generate alternatives to particular situations.
  • Use problem-solving strategies in response to unfamiliar situations.

Student Program:

  • There will be a 3 day camp each year for Years 7-9
  • The dates for the camp will be chosen to cause minimum disruption to the academic program and GPS calendar.
  • The cap venues will vary from year to year to ensure that the activities compliment the sequential nature of the program.

Staff Program:

  • At least six teachers are required to ensure duty of care at each camp.
  • Staff who volunteer will be entitled to one day's leave in lieu of the 2 nights spent at camp.