Outdoor Education

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    In Terms 1 and 2, Year 3 to 11 classes venture on an annual school camp that works on many levels of personal development. Students get to know each other out of the traditional school environment, while participating in adventurous physical activities such as abseiling, canoeing and bushwalking.

    The ability to work as a team and gain new skills creates a bond between the girls, who also develop self-confidence and resilience when faced with challenges.

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    Queenwood Outdoor Education Philosophy

    Queenwood provides exemplary Outdoor Education for its students. For years 3 to 11.

    The Outdoor Education Group has been selected to provide a sequential program designed to ease students into notions of independence and discovery in the outdoors, while incrementally and appropriately increasing the level of challenge from year to year. The partnership is geared towards creating unique opportunities for Queenwood girls to gain insight into the person they are how they interacted with others and the natural world, while beginning to define themselves and their world ultimately on a journey to deciding how they should live.

    Queenwood Junior School Camp Philosophy
    Building teamwork and leadership
    Venturing beyond your comfort zone
    Learning to love nature and the outdoors
    Being away from home and taking care of yourself
    Getting to know your friends and teachers

    Specific Queenwood School Camp dates are available on Q Online.

    PROGRAM INFORMATION

    YEAR 3

    VENUE: Stanwell Tops (Boronia accommodation block) www.thetops.com.au

    COURSE DESCRIPTION: Introductory program focusing on whole year level bonding. Students are introduced to Outdoor Education through team building activities, a basic cycle skills session, a giant swing and an National Parks and Wildlife session.

    YEAR 4

    VENUE: Stanwell Tops (Acacia accommodation block) www.thetops.com.au

    COURSE DESCRIPTION: Building upon Year 3 this program develops skills which the students will use in subsequent year levels. The program includes vertical challenge sessions, team building activities, archery and a native animal interpretative display.
    YEAR 5

    VENUE: Fitzroy Falls (Belmore accommodation block)www.christianvenues.org.au/

    COURSE DESCRIPTION: This program continues the sequential ropes skills using the Centre’s vertical challenge activities and also further develops cycling skills, as well as the exploration of team building and group problem solving. An evening reptile interpretive display is also included.
    YEAR 6

    VENUE: Baden Powell Scout Centre www.nsw.scouts.com.au/bpsc

    COURSE DESCRIPTION: At Year 6 students are ready for more adventure; in addition to group problem solving, team building, navigation and bushwalking activities this year will include extended vertical challenge sessions. These include; climbing wall, crate stack and leap of faith.

    Further information

    General Information on OEG visit www.oeg.org.au

    Risk Management

    For more information on Queenwood’s School Camp Program Specific Risk Management Information click here

    Gear List

    Click here for a Junior School Gear List

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    The Outdoor Education Group has been selected to provide a sequential program designed to ease students into notions of independence and discovery in the outdoors, while incrementally and appropriately increasing the level of challenge from year to year. The partnership is geared towards creating unique opportunities for Queenwood girls to gain insight into the person they are how they interacted with others and the natural world, while beginning to define themselves and their world ultimately on a journey to deciding how they should live.
    The Senior School Camp Philosophy and Sequence is available here.

    Specific Queenwood School Camp dates are available on Q Online.

    Senior School Program information

    YEAR 7

    VENUE: Tallong Outdoor Education Centre located just outside the village of Tallong in the Southern Highlands, about 2.5 hrs south of Sydney. OEG information

    COURSE DESCRIPTION: Continuing with the notion of challenging students by putting them further afield, this program gives students the opportunity to camp in tents in a cleared green space and to cook their first meal on camp stoves. Applying the skills acquired on previous programs they will also participate in team building, bushwalking, navigation, high ropes activities and a mountain bike journey.

    ACCOMMODATION AND OTHER EXPENSES: Accommodation is in cabins for 2 nights for all staff and students. All students and staff spend 2 nights in tents when on expedition. Queenwood students are provided the opportunity to sleep inside.

    YEAR 8

    VENUE: Castle Mountain Outdoor Adventure Centre located on Webbs Creek in the Hawkesbury River Basin near Wiseman’s Ferry. OEG Information

    COURSE DESCRIPTION: A multi-faceted program providing students with the opportunity to bond as a year level, discover their strengths and those of others by overcoming challenges as a group, cycling and exploring Webbs Creek by canoe. An expedition through nearby bushland immerses students within a breathtaking natural landscape of the Hawkesbury River Basin. Other activities include abseiling and high ropes.

    ACCOMMODATION AND OTHER EXPENSES: Accommodation is in cabins for 2 nights for all staff and students. All students and staff spend 2 nights in tents when on expedition. Queenwood students are provided the opportunity to sleep inside.
    YEAR 9

    VENUE: Biloela; Surrounding National Park and State Forest. Located in the Southern Highlands about 2 hrs south of Sydney The Outdoor Education Groups own Property is ideal to introduce students to expeditioning in a well supported environment. OEG Information

    COURSE DESCRIPTION: This five day experience offers varied level of challenge using OEG’s purpose built property in the Southern Highlands, Biloela. The program allows students to challenge themselves through a bushwalking and tenting expedition or have a base camp experience while staying in the Centre’s Eco-Cabins. Activities include overnight bushwalking, abseiling, flying fox and canoeing.

    ACCOMMODATION AND OTHER EXPENSES: All participants have at least one night in Eco-Cabins where students are provided the opportunity to sleep inside. Some groups will also be staying in tents either on Biloela property or in the surrounding Sate Forest or National Park. Queenwood students are provided the opportunity to sleep inside.

    YEAR 10

    VENUE: Sydney, surrounding Suburbs and National Parks. OEG Information.Accommodation varries between groups using a combination of the following venues:
    • Baden Powell Scout Centre www.nsw.scouts.com.au/bpsc
    • Cockatoo Island www.cockatooisland.gov.au/stay/camping-sites.html
    • Roseville Scout Hall nsw.scouts.com.au
    • Glengarry Girl Guides Centre www.girlguidesnswact.org.au/glengarry 
    • Camp Kedron http://campkedron.com 
    • Gibberagong Environmental Education Centre www.gibberagon-e.schools.nsw.edu.au
    • The Basin www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

    COURSE DESCRIPTION: This multi-activity program explores adventure and solace in Sydney’s “backyard”. Students will have the opportunity to learn independent travel using public transport, bushwalking, cycling and canoeing while traveling from School through Sydney Suburbs, and surrounding National Parks. Some groups will participate in highropes, climbing and abseiling activities.

    ACCOMMODATION AND OTHER EXPENSES: All participants have the opportunity to spend one night camping on Cockatoo Island. Some groups will be staying in tents for the entire program while others will be camping as well as staying in dormitory accommodation. Queenwood students are provided the opportunity to sleep inside.

    YEAR 11

    Borambola Sport and Recreation Centre
    Run by NSW Department of Sport and Recreation
    For more detailed information on location, facilities etc
    www.dsr.nsw.gov.au

    Further information

    General Information on OEG visit www.oeg.org.au

    Risk Management

    For more information on Queenwood’s School Camp Program Specific Risk Management Information click here

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