Year 12- Outdoor Education

Length: Full Year (20 SACE Credits)
Contact: Health & Physical Education Leader

Recommended Background
Advantage: Successful completion of Stage 1 Outdoor Education

Course Description
The  study of Outdoor Education provides students with opportunities to experiences personal growth and to develop social skills, self-confidence, self-reliance, initiative, leadership, and collaboration skills. Students learn about environmental sustainability and cultural perspectives. Students develop skills in risk management, navigation, and camp craft. The three primary areas of learning are: Conservation and Sustainability, Human Connections with Nature and Personal and Social Growth and Development.

As part of learning, students experience outdoor experiences and journeys in natural environments for a minimum of 9-days in Stage 2. This includes a self-reliant 3-day journey. Activities for Stage 2 could include: Canoeing/Kayaking, Bushwalking, Rock-Climbing, or Snorkelling.

Students’ performance will be determined according to the subject’s Performance Standards, as outlined by the SACE Board. Grades A to E will be used for reporting purposes. Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:

School assessment (70%)

  • Assessment Type 1: About Natural Environments (20%) (2x Tasks)
    • 1x 800 Word Comparative Study on Management Strategies of a local environment, from different perspectives
    • 2x 800 Word Investigation into Environment Issues, Causes and Solutions of a local environment.
  • Assessment Type 2: Experiences in Natural Environments (50%) (2x Task)
    • 1x 1000 Word ‘Tale of Two Journeys’- Comparing personal development across two outdoor journeys.
    • 1x 1500 Word ‘The Final Journey’- Personal reflection and evaluation of development OE experiences, culminating in the self-reliant journey.

External assessment (30%)

  • Assessment Type 3: Connections with Natural Environments (30%).
    • 1x 2000 Word Investigation/Exploration of a personal connection with a natural areas. This topic is chosen by the student.

Note: As the course involves external activities there is a requirement to charge an additional cost of $400 to cover subject related expenses. No refunds will be given if a student withdraws from the course or does not attend a camp or excursion without a medical certificate. This is due to costs being calculated and bookings made for each activity before the year starts.

Students choosing this course must be prepared to fully commit themselves to the various activities and journeys involved in Outdoor Education. They will be accountable to themselves and to the class for appropriate participation and completion of these activities.