Christ Church’s Outdoor Education program develops the character and skills of boys. Challenge, initiative, self-reliance, leadership, teamwork, responsibility, healthy risk-taking, communal living and environmental care are all promoted through annual camps for boys from Years 7 to 10.
The program takes boys on a journey from the School’s outdoor education campus at Kooringal near Dwellingup, to Shark Bay on board the Leeuwin, and culminates in an 11-day expedition through Walpole. It is aligned with the School’s ‘Phases of Learning’, matching the age and stages of development with appropriate experiences to challenge the boys.
These camps are a compulsory part of the curriculum and the cost is incorporated into the inclusive fee structure.
The Year 7 camp to Kooringal runs over four days in House groups. The activities and challenges are designed to build a strong awareness of self and living with others. The program includes expedition bushwalking, environmental awareness activities, orienteering, canoeing and abseiling. They also cook one of their own evening meals.
Year 8 Leeuwin adventure
The Outdoor Education program for Year 8 takes to the seas aboard the Leeuwin II for six days, sailing around the World Heritage Site of Shark Bay. By providing a highly challenging experience, the aim of this partnership with the Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation is to expand the boys’ capabilities and sense of themselves.
The Year 9 boys experience nine days at Kooringal, taking on more challenges to build their capabilities in readiness for the Year 10 Venture. Their activities include expedition bushwalking and navigation, canoeing, a ropes course, regaining, a solo experience as well as community service. They cook many of their own evening meals and live in small groups that are randomly selected.
Year 10 Venture expedition
Venture has been going for more than 20 years and is a rite of passage for Year 10 boys. It is an 11-day journey on walk routes through the bushland and coastal setting of Walpole-Nornalup National Park and a culmination of the Outdoor Education program. In the days before Venture, the curriculum becomes focused on Walpole, to deepen the learning opportunities from the experience.