Outdoor Education at Westbourne Grammar is a sequential program from Prep to Year 12. The School’s core values; community, creativity, scholarship and courage are reflected upon in each and every aspect of the program to ensure it is a truly individual program. Throughout all the Year levels, activities and requirements are age appropriate, whilst experiences in each Year level are enriched as competence is built upon.
From Prep to Year 9, each student attends a compulsory Year level camp which varies in length from an afternoon after school, to a five-day journey. Camps are held throughout Victoria in both dormitory-style accommodation and tents. During these camps the students participate in a wide variety of activities, including abseiling, rock climbing, hiking, kayaking and mountain biking.
As well as their camps, in Years 7 and 8, there are compulsory Outdoor Education classes in snorkelling, rock climbing and kayaking.
There are also optional Outdoor Education experiences in which the students can participate. In Year 6, day trips are held throughout the year. Optional camps are held in Years 10, 11 and 12. These experiences are open to any student, and include cross country skiing, white water rafting, downhill skiing, snowboarding and hiking along Australia’s iconic Great Alpine Walk.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award and Compass Award are available for a number of students to participate in. These awards are optional for students, and take them on a journey of self-awareness.
Adventure Racing is another optional experience in which students can participate. Westbourne Grammar has a team that competes in the annual Snowgum Hillary Challenge and the Victorian Schools’ Championships of Adventure Racing.
By the end of a student’s Outdoor Education experience at Westbourne Grammar, they will have developed an appreciation of the natural environment, whilst also developing the skills, the knowledge and the understanding required to be, not only students, but young adults.
Jeff Rieniets, Director of Outdoor Education