Year 6 Outdoor Education Program
The program will be held at Kooringal Outdoor Education Centre in Dwellingup. Kooringal is Christ Church Grammar School’s residential outdoor centre and St Hilda’s has been given exclusive use of the centre for the duration of the programs.
The Year 6 program takes place over three days and two nights. Students will participate in a variety of outdoor experiences, with the main aim being to foster enquiry and adventure in the natural world, while feeling comfortable and safe. The program will also serve to link in to the sequence of outdoor learning within the Senior School, where expedition camping develops as the main learning framework.
A strong theme of all of the Outdoor Education programs is learning about the cultural and natural history of the area that the program takes place in. The groups will participate in an indigenous cultural session with a local Noongar lady and have the opportunity to make artefacts and taste some bush foods. The natural history of the area will also be looked at from a European and Indigenous perspective, through interactive experiences.
The program will focus on introducing the students to the Australian bush in a safe and comfortable environment as well as introduce them to basic camping and bush craft skills. Some of the activities students will take part in are:
- Introduction to Canoeing & Bushwalking
- Orienteering & map reading
- Overnight camping journey
- Indigenous culture & craft session
- Trees Adventure course
- Visit local orchard
Trees Adventure Course
The Trees Adventure course features an exciting and challenging obstacle course up in the tree canopy where students will be giving the opportunity to zip between the trees on flying foxes while cargo nets, rope bridges and wooden obstacles offer challenges above the ground. Prior to starting the course, all students will have a safety briefing before being fitted with a harness, complete with lanyards, karabiners, pulley, gloves and helmet. Students will be safely secured on the course for the duration using the karabiners.
There will be a separate waiver form for parents to complete. Please follow the link in the confirmation email after completing the Year 6 Program Student Details and Consent form.
For further information please click here to be taken to the Trees Adventure website page.
Dates (classes will be confirmed in 2019)
- Class 1 Depart Chidley Campus 9.00am Wednesday 9 May and return to Chidley Campus 2.45pm Friday 11 May.
- Class 6P Depart Chidley Campus 9.00am Monday 14 May and return to Chidley Campus 2.45pm Wednesday 16 May.
- Class 6M Depart Chidley Campus 9.00am Wednesday 16 May and return to Chidley Campus 2.45pm Friday 18 May.
Groups and Accommodation
We will divide the students in to smaller groups for certain activities, but for the most part they will experience the program as a class. The students will spend one night in dormitory accommodation and one night camping in tents.
Coaches from Horizons West and the St Hilda’s coaster bus and people mover will be used to transport students. All vehicles are equipped with seat belts.
Students need to provide their own lunch on the first day. All other snacks & meals will be supplied throughout the program.
The School accommodates specific medical dietary requirements as indicated on a student’s medical records or the camp sign up form. If students have alternative diets due to lifestyle choices, they will need to be flexible while participating in the outdoor education program.
Students please take a small day pack on the coach with their lunch, water bottle & hat. Students should pack their remaining luggage in their school sports bag or similar small bag. Suitcases are not suitable.
The consent link and program updates will be emailed to all families in Term 1.