Senior College 10-12

Outdoor Education

Students often describe the Year 10 Outdoor Education programme as life changing, particularly those who choose the 20 day 'Kosi to Coast' trip.

The aim of our comprehensive Outdoor Education programme is to foster a love of the outdoors, to provide the opportunity to live simply in community with others and to challenge students’ personal boundaries.

We provide amazing experiences in amazing places, developing leadership, initiative, self-esteem and resilience, all within a Christian context. 

Our School’s Year 10 Outdoor Education programme is the culmination of an extensive programme that starts in the junior years. Each expedition focuses on the students being self-sufficient, and they carry all the equipment and food necessary for their time away. Those students who have not previously had experience in Outdoor Education need not be concerned as the Year 10 options are designed to assist them in achieving the set goals and are within student ability levels. 

Each group consists of between 12 and 15 students, with a minimum of two staff. Expeditions (for 7 to 20 days duration) cover a range of disciplines and locations. Students can choose to go hiking in the Snowy Mountains; sea kayaking at Myall Lakes; horse riding in the Victorian high country; backcountry snow camping / touring in Kosciuszko National Park; touring Central Australia; cycling in New Zealand and multi-sport adventuring (caving, abseiling and packrafting) in the Shoalhaven.

Duke of Edinburgh

The internationally-recognised Duke of Edinburgh award is also offered as an optional programme for students from age 14, or at the beginning of Year 8. It is coordinated at St Andrew’s Cathedral School through the Co-curricular department with support from Outdoor Education.

The Award is comprised of three levels, each progressively more challenging: 

  • Bronze – for those over 14 years old 
  • Silver – for those over 15 years old 
  • Gold – for those over 16 years old 

Participants are required to complete four sections at each level: Service, Skill, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey. Gold level participants also complete a Residential Project.

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