I commenced at St Andrew's in 2017 to take on the role of Outdoor Education and Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator. Once I had settled in I undertook the task of reviewing the existing Camps program. I reviewed staff and student feedback as well as drawing on my own experience working on a variety of Outdoor Education programs over the last ten years. The aim of our program will be to maximise student learning outcomes and experiences while away on Outdoor Education programs at St Andrew’s.
The review resulted in submitting a proposal to the Executive team about implementing some changes. They are designed to increase the value of the Outdoor Education program in terms of educational outcomes for students, to bring the program in to line with Australian Adventure Activity Standards and to align it with the school’s strategic objectives. After consulting with key areas of the College (Co-curricular Sport and Music, Heads of Faculty and the Senior Leadership team) and refining the model so it will best fit the St Andrew’s community the following exciting changes will take effect next year:
- Separating the Year 7, Year 8 and Year 10 program so they are not all in one “Camp Week”. This will allow the College to better resource the program, allow me to focus on one year level at a time and to attend each program.
- Taking only two classes at a time in Years 7 and 8. This allows for smaller group sizes and a more personalised program and attention for each student.
- Employing professional Outdoor Instructors to assist with each program. This will increase the safety and quality of the experience for students, help us meet Australian Adventure Activity Standards and industry guidelines, provides experienced Instructors to support teachers in running the program and reduces the number of classroom teachers needed to run the program.
- Increase the amount of briefing and reporting pre and post program. This will ensure what is learnt or experienced isn’t lost or left in the bush, and ensures the College receives the personal student educational outcomes that align with the strategic plan.
What will stay the same:
- Year 7, 8 and 10 students will still be away for a week
- Year 7 will still travel to Girraween in Term 3
- Year 8 will still do a similar program in the Upper Noosa River Area
- Year 10 program options will be the same in 2019. Potentially more or different options in future.
Secondary Outdoor Education Dates 2019:
½ Cohort Week 4, Term 3
½ Cohort Week 5, Term 3
½ Cohort Week 5, Term 2
½ Cohort Week 6, Term 2
Week 10, Term 3
I look forward to implementing these changes in 2019 and beyond. Please contact me if you have any questions or comments - firstname.lastname@example.org
OUTDOOR EDUCATION AND DUKE OF EDINBURGH COORDINATOR