Outdoor Education / Camps for Specific Purposes
Recognising that learning is sometimes best facilitated with “hands on” experiences away from the more formal atmosphere of the classroom, outdoor education experiences are both encouraged and considered to be an integral part of the curriculum at St Augustine’s.
Such experiences, be they camps of shorter or longer duration, or excursions into the playground, local area or further afield, provide numerous opportunities to integrate the physical, social, spiritual, academic, emotional and artistic components of a balanced education.
Outdoor education experiences by their very nature are highly motivational, enjoyable and challenging. They also require careful planning with particular attention to safety, hygiene, cost, and integration in the curriculum. Staff are currently developing a comprehensive program of outdoor activities, including camps, for the College. Particular activities are outlined at various class parent teacher meetings early in the College year. The following chart outlines the sequencing of school camps:
Level Nature of Camp Timing
Junior Years [Yrs 3 – 5] 3 day camp with introduction to outdoor skills including canoeing Annually in third termMiddle Years [Yrs 6 – 9] 3 day camp with focus on higher level Outdoor skills Year 6 or 7 annually and Yr 8 and 9 annuallySenior Years [Yr 10] Significant experience for one week with choices for students Annually in term 4Senior Years [Yr 11] 3 day Leadership and Service camp Early 4th termSenior Years [Yr 12] 3 day Retreat Experience Term 3