At Tintern we offer a program of outdoor education for all students from Year 3. They are also sequential in nature, each camp building on the experiences of the year before. The experiential learning that occurs at these camps allows the students to clarify their personal values in a social setting. In addition, they can explore a variety of natural environments and are challenged to consider the effect of their actions upon their surroundings. Outdoor education promotes personal growth in a co-operative team environment and assists in our understanding of working towards a sustainable future.
Year 3 and 4 girls have just enjoyed a three day visit to Camp Adanac in Yarra Junction. This camp is an introductory experience for the girls, with the major emphasis being placed on social activities in a comfortable, scenic, forest environment. Enjoy some of the recent photos! (See attached photos)
Next term the Year 5 girls will enjoy a four day stay at Sovereign Hill in Ballarat while staying on a property called Nambool. Here, they experience first-hand the lifestyle of youngsters living in an 1850’s goldfields location. The girls role-play the lives of such youngsters and learn to appreciate the social rules of that era. The girls are accommodated at a purpose-built Earth Studies Centre at “Narmbool”. This two day outdoor addition to the Sovereign Hill experience adds an exciting component to the trip – it is in fact two camps in one!
The Year 6 camp was in Canberra. It is primarily a curriculum-based activity, focusing on our compulsory Civics study of Government and Decision-Making. The girls were away for five days in May this year. They attended parliament in session and visited places of national importance such as the War Memorial and Questacon. Many of the girls reported that this has been their highlight so far this year.
All of these camps have been developed with the girls’ health and welfare as our highest priority. The experiences offered are multi-layered and are intended to complement the educational program at school. It is our view that these camps are of primary importance to the growth and development of each girl.
Outdoor education can make a very positive impact…
There is substantial research evidence to suggest that outdoor adventure programmes can impact positively on young people’s attitudes, beliefs and self-perceptions in terms of independence, confidence, self-esteem, personal effectiveness and coping strategies. Students also benefit from developing their interpersonal and social skills such as communication strategies, group cohesion and teamwork. Outdoor education and recreation promote active learning through direct personal experience and offer excitement, fun and adventure within a framework of safety.