The underlying purpose of the Outdoor Education and Camping Program is to provide experiences that help students learn about themselves. Education about the natural environment and sustainability are fundamental components of the Outdoor Education and Camping Program. We believe that students understand how the natural environment has an impact on their daily lives, and in turn, what kind of impact their daily lives have on the environment. We provide students with opportunities to learn about the functioning of natural systems, identify their beliefs and opinions, consider a range of views, and ultimately make informed and responsible decisions.
Outdoor Education & Camps
To develop the healthy social unit of the class group
To provide positive personal growth experiences that help students develop beneficial character traits
To help students develop a greater understanding of the natural world
To provide instruction in the safe and proper means of participating in these activities
To introduce each student to a variety of outdoor activities
Goals & Objectives
The Year 8 child is now at the point where the physical and psychological changes which have caused them inner insecurity are starting to stabilise. There is often a see-sawing between seeking solitude and engaging in activities with great intensity. They may experience periods of being very ready to go out and meet the world whilst at other times being uncommunicative and uncertain. The students are in an expansive age, loud and gregarious but with strong group loyalties.
The physical challenges of this camp reflect the developmental stage of the students. The activities allow for solitude whilst others rely on team work. The physical experience is a testing one which is important for students of this developmental age and also include elements of environmental awareness and appreciation. Their fourteenth birthday will mark the threshold between the second and third 7 – year stage. They will leave childhood behind and this camp with its elements of risk, need for team planning and cooperation, and consequences of actions helps prepare them for the new stage and adulthood.
Hike, Row, Climb & Ride
The individual components of the “big picture” or the ‘whole’ are now the primary focus of the Year 11 student. They are much more self-aware than in previous years and often subject their own lives to quite rigorous ‘analysis’ which is facilitated by the Main Lesson – Parzival. The aim is to get the students to stand back from themselves for the purpose of objectively reflecting upon their direction in life.
The overarching goals are to provide young people the basis on which to develop into free, morally responsible and integrated individuals with the aim of helping young people “go out into the world as free, independent and creative beings”.
Carnavon Gorge or Kakadu
As a High School offering Rudolf Steiner education we aim to develop students who are creative thinkers, enthusiastic about life and motivated to contribute their gifts to the world, whatever they may be. This is accomplished by nurturing the overall health of students so that they are able to take up their life’s tasks out of their own free will. The Cape Byron Camps and Outdoor Education Program is designed to support this overall goal.