In Year 10 Outdoor Education, students study human relationships with the natural environment through a combination of both theory and practical activities. The subject requires students to participate in a range of outdoor experiences, all of which link to the environmental content studied in class. These experiences are at the core of the subject and are a compulsory component. Some of the topics covered included sustainability, human experiences with nature and role of risk, challenge and adventure in peoples daily lives.
While learning about these topics, some of the outdoor activities students may participate in include;
- 3 day bush walk - Depending on the time of year this may take place at Mt. Stirling, Wilsons Promontory or the Howqua Valley. Students must be self–sufficent for the entire trip, carrying their own packs, tents, food and equipment.
- 3-4 Murray River paddling trip - Exploring Barmah Forest National Park on the Murray, students complete a canoe based journey and are entirely self-sufficient throughout the trip.
- 3 day Rock climbing camp – Students travel to Mount Arapiles in Western Victoria and complete several guided climbs.
- Surfing – Day trips at Phillip Island or Mornington Peninsula beaches.
- Cross-Country skiing – Day trips to Lake Mountain in Yarra Ranges NP.
Throughout the semester, students can expect to learn practical skills in the activities listed above and will comfortable to explore different outdoor environments on their own. The knowledge base of the subject equips them to question their everyday lives and the impact they have on planet. This is a recommended subject for students considering Outdoor and Environmental Studies in V.C.E.
Assessment tasks for the subject include;
- Practical Leaning – Personal skills developed throughout the practical program.
- Representation Of Experience – A student chosen task in which participants represent the ‘trip story’ in some way. Examples include film, photography, journals, presentations
- Sustainability Poster – Collection of knowledge and experiences that demonstrates their personal understanding of sustainability.
This is a high cost subject, which covers cost of activities, instructors, staff and transportation.