Outdoor Education at Heritage Christian School

Students at Heritage have the opportunity to challenge themselves physically and spiritually and to develop relationships between staff, parents and themselves through our Outdoor Education program. At Heritage, we recognise the importance of students spending time in the outdoors and experiencing the amazing creation of our God.

In Stage Four, students attend a multi-day adventure-based camp in Year 7. This camp is aimed at fostering relationships as students enter high school. Students also have the option to choose outdoor education activities during Wednesday afternoon sport time where they learn survival skills such as shelter building, lighting campfires and basic navigation. Through these programs, students build resilience, maturity, self-esteem and develop a connection with the outdoors.

In Stage Five, Outdoor Education is offered through the elective subject PASS and through the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Each outdoor experience is designed to present situations to the students to extend them through challenging activities such as camping, kayaking, mountain biking, snorkelling, abseiling and bushwalking. The outdoor education program continues with an increasing emphasis on skill development and interdependence. Students work collaboratively to solve practical needs of nutrition, shelter, safety and first aid and navigation, as well as toward building meaningful relationships with their peers. Students wishing to experience a range of outdoor education experiences should choose PASS. Students wishing to extend themselves in outdoor education should enrol in the Duke of Edinburgh program.

In Stage Six, Outdoor Education continues to build on the skills developed and students are given more independence and leadership opportunities. All students in Year 11 attend the week-long snow trip, a real highlight of the Heritage Outdoor Education Program. Students learn to ski or snowboard and, within groups, are responsible for looking after themselves for the week. Any students wishing to extend themselves further in Outdoor Education should select the subject Sports, Leisure and Recreation. This subject builds on the knowledge and skills developed in PASS and students are involved in a surf trip and hiking trip. Students in Stage 6 are also encouraged to continue with the Duke of Edinburgh program and may wish to achieve their Silver and Gold Award.

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