Compulsory Curriculum Program - Year 8

Year 8 Outdoor Education Program 2019

Year 8 A Week by the Coast


School departure - Monday 28 October at 7.30am
School return - Friday 1 November at 3.00pm

The coaches will depart from and return to the Bay View Terrace bus bays. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure and pick up.


The program takes place in the Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park in the Margaret River region, where students will be camping for the duration of the program.
We will be based at the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Contos Camp Ground. Students will spend at least one night at Contos base and the remaining nights camping at alternative DPaW campsites or the Hamelin Bay Caravan Park.


The Year 8 program is sequenced as the introduction to expedition style outdoor education, which continues and develops in Years 9 and 10.

The experience is designed to provide a positive experience for students in the outdoors, ignite an interest in the natural world and encourage student adventure.

Students are introduced to a range of outdoor skills and experiences including:

  • Expedition planning & weather observation
  • Leave No Trace camping techniques
  • Map reading / navigation & camp cooking
  • Introductory caving
  • Abseiling

A strong theme of all St Hilda’s 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 elder and have the opportunity to investigate and hear about some of the amazing cultural and natural history of the area.


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.

Accommodation and Groups

Students will attend in their Tutor group to strengthen the relationships and pastoral care within these support networks. They will stay in two to three person hiking tents throughout the expedition. Each tutor groups will be accompanied by their school tutor and two tertiary qualified Outdoor Education Instructors for the duration of the program.

Program information and Student packing list

Once the consent form has been submitted parents will receive an automated confirmation email with a link to the program information and student packing list.

If further information is required, please don’t hesitate to contact the Outdoor Education department or email

The consent link and program updates will be sent to all families in Term 3.