St Andrews is committed to developing the ‘whole child’ and outdoor education plays a significant part in providing students with opportunities to develop independence and resilience, where they learn to adapt to new and challenging situations. The Outdoor Education program requires students in Years 4, 5 and 6 to spend three days each year at an outdoor education facility, learning new skills, and extending themselves away from the familiarity of home.
Currently, Year 4 visit Tyalgum Ridge Resort in northern NSW, Year 5 are based at Luther Heights in Coolum and Year 6 travel to Lake Ainsworth, Lennox Head. Trained and qualified instructors facilitate activities such as ropes courses, archery, orienteering, bush skills, river rafting, obstacle courses and camp crafts. Many of the most long-lasting memories of a child’s time in the Junior School come from their camp experiences.
The Year 6 students visit Sydney and Canberra. While in Sydney the students tour some historical sites relating to life in early Australia. From there the students travel to Canberra where they will gain a greater understanding of the political process and what it means to be an Australian citizen.