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 3, 4 and 5 to spend time at an outdoor education facility, learning new skills, and extending themselves away from the familiarity of home.
Currently, Year 3 visit Tallebudgera Recreation Centre for one night. Year 4 visit Lake Ainsworth, Lennox Head in northern NSW and Year 5 are based at Luther Heights in Coolum for two nights each. Trained and qualified instructors facilitate activities such as ropes courses, archery, orienteering, bush skills, river rafting, obstacle courses and camp crafts. Many of the long-lasting memories of a child’s time in the Junior School come from their camp experiences.
The Year 6 students visit Canberra where they will gain a greater understanding of the political process and what it means to be an Australian citizen. This trip lasts for five days and four nights and gives them a basis for future learning.