At Lakeside, our Outdoor Education Program is part of the total education of students and a key component of the Years 6 to 9 school curriculum. The Outdoor Education program is designed to be progressive and sequential, meeting individual student needs to ensure participation for all. The program is planned and run by Lakeside staff working in close association with specialist outdoor educators.
Outdoor Education is about developing an understanding of our relationships with the environment, ourselves and others. Students learn in this area by participation in a range of experiential, learning-based, adventurous activities. This empowers students to redefine their concept of where learning can occur, and to ‘connect’.
Our Outdoor Education program provides unique and meaningful learning experiences where students are encouraged to think ‘outside the box’. Students will learn in environments which challenge their independence, group skills, inhibitions and tolerance; encouraging them to take responsibility and use their initiative.
Led by skilled Outdoor Education specialists and College staff, each student will:
- discover more about themselves, develop self-confidence, resourcefulness and independence;
- develop skills in working co-operatively, foster communication skills and a caring attitude toward others;
- gain a greater understanding of leadership;
- experience various natural environments and develop a sense of responsibility towards their use and care;
- develop skills and interests that promote purposeful and enjoyable use of leisure time in the future.