Compulsory Curriculum Program - Year 9

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Walpole Expedition

Year 9 Outdoor Education Program 2020


School departure – Sunday 29 March at 7.30 am

School return – Friday 3 April at 3pm

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


The program takes place in the Greater Walpole Wilderness area and includes the D'Entrecasteaux National Park and the Walpole-Nornalup National Park. Included in these areas is the Bibbulmun Track as well as the Nornalup inlet, Deep River and Franklin River.


The Year 9 program is a five night six day expedition where students will walk and paddle in groups between campsites each day. They will carry the majority of their food, tents and equipment in school issue back-packs.

The program builds on outdoor learning areas established during the Year 8 Outdoor Education experience and is a lead on to the Year 10 Wooleen Expedition in 2021.  

The expedition will focus on creating a wonderful experience with friends and having time to enjoy the spectacular natural environment of the south west coast.  

In addition, the students will be taught and develop a range of outdoor skills including navigation, expedition-style camping techniques, paddling and camp cooking skills.

Accommodation and Groups

After attending Year 7 & 8 programs in their well-being groups, students will attend the Year 9 and 10 Outdoor programs in mixed groups. Students will be asked to select several people that they would like to have in their camp group. All students will have at least one and often multiple choices in their group.

Students will stay in two or three person hiking tents and sleep on foam sleeping mats provided by the school throughout the expedition. Groups and tent partners will be arranged on camp.


Transport is by coaches from Horizons West, the St Hilda’s coaster bus and the St Hilda’s people mover.  All vehicles are equipped with seat belts.    

Medical Information

Medical details for students will be taken from the student records data base.  If your daughter’s medical history has recently changed, please email

If your daughter regularly takes an Asthma Ventolin inhaler, it's recommended that she also starts her preventer medication / inhaler at least 2 weeks prior to departure. If you have any questions regarding Asthma management during camp, please email the school health center. 

Prescribed medications

If your daughter is taking any prescribed medications:

  1. Please complete this medications form
  2. Email a copy to so the nurse attending camp has a record
  3. Instruct your daughter to hand a copy of the form and her labeled medication to her Outdoor Leader upon arrival

It is NOT recommended that your daughter bring over the counter medications to camp, unless arranged with staff.  These include paracetamol, antihistamines, anti-inflammatory, ibuprofen, cold & flu etc. We need to be aware of all and any medication given to students in our care.

*A school nurse will be on 24 hr call at the program base throughout the camp.


A St Hilda’s staff member and two qualified outdoor instructors will be with each student group. Among other things, the outdoor instructor will be in charge of safety and risk management. The St Hilda’s staff member is primarily responsible for student well-being.


All food will be organised and provided by St Hilda’s. The students will be involved in preparing and cooking all meals with the guidance of the staff.

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 will need to provide lunch and snacks in disposable container on the first day travelling from school to Walpole.

The following items are NOT ALLOWED:

Electronic games, radios, iPods, mobile phones. Extra food or ‘junk’ food such as chips, lollies, chocolate, chewing gum, sports drinks. Please use roll on deodorant and repellent NOT aerosol cans.

After providing consent you will be emailed a confirmation letter with a link to the Packing list.

Please click here to complete consent.