Scotch College Adelaide is an independent, co-educational day and
boarding school offering an outstanding education from
Early Learning to Year 12
From Year 2 to Year 10 Scotch has a camp program that is a compulsory part of the curriculum. There are also a variety of voluntary camps and expeditions offered in holidays. Year 11 and 12 students have the opportunity to take Outdoor Education as a SACE subject at Stage 1 and 2.
Scotch Outdoor Education aims are:
Scotch Environmental Education major aims:
Every Junior School student participates in the Outdoor Education program providing a range of activities and experiences from bushwalking to aquatics. Outdoor Education in the Junior School is integral to the total school curriculum. It focuses on four major areas:
"Camps provide a unique opportunity for students to develop relationships with each other and learn more about themselves. Our program offers a progression of experiences as students move through the Junior School."
Reception students venture out of the school grounds on bushwalks, beachwalks and farm visits. The Year 1 students get accustomed to a night away from the comforts of home through involvement in an extended day of fun activities at school. Warrawong Sanctuary provides an exciting tenting experience for the Year 2s with a night walk to see the animals. Year 3 and Year 4 head for the south coast for their camp. Narnu Farm is visited by the Year 3s and the Year 4 classes spend their time at Victor Harbor. Year 5 students visit the Murray river on their two night camping experience. They study the environment and are involved in a number of activities including some aquatic activities, at Wellington. Year 6 experience is aquatics. The camp activities take place at Port Noarlunga Aquatics Centre. Later in the year they also experience a day of sailing at West Lakes Aquatics Centre.
Outdoor Education (and Environmental Sciences) in the Middle School offers great challenges and personal rewards to our students.
In just three short years your child can get involved in camping and:
This program aims to develop:
These exciting adventures await every Middle School student at Scotch!
The Goose Island Conservation Park lies to the north of Wardang Island in the Spencer Gulf, 13km from Port Victoria. Each class spends five days on the island. The physical activities include sailing, snorkelling, kayaking and visiting the interesting shipwrecks in the area.
These activities are intended to enable all students to gain a better appreciation of the natural environment in and around the island. Students are expected to be fully involved in all activities and maintenance routines whilst on Goose. Students have the opportunity to learn important marine safety skills and sailing skills.
Goose Island provides all who attend these camps with some significant challenges. It is an inshore island but the passage to the island is exposed to the weather. Students should prepare for glassy seas and hot weather through to rough, windy and cold. Such are the variations of the South Australian spring!
The journey to the island is completed in two Austral 24s, a Yamaha Southwind 22 and the dive boat Achilles16. All students undertake a comprehensive training program in the lead up to each camp, including hands-on opportunities to use the skills required for the successful completion of these camps.
Everyone camps in tents, while the hut has a kitchen, eating/recreation area and store room. Students are put into cooking/cleaning/activities teams taking turns doing the meal preparation for the entire camp group.
Within 100 metres of the island, on White Rocks, lives a small colony of sea lions students can visit by boat. Being a marine sanctuary, snorkellers see much fish life around the island and dolphins are often seen in the area.
The island is an important breeding site for many different types of sea birds, eg. crested terns, fairy terns, pacific gulls, seagulls and oyster catchers, providing a unique opportunity to observe and study these birds in their natural habitat. Of an evening, students come across fairy penguins waddling back to their burrows after fishing trips. The cacophony of sounds from the nearby nesting terns and penguins relentlessly carries on through the night.
Goose is a unique and special place for all students who visit it. It teaches the students not only marine skills, but teaches them about nature, providing them with an invaluable perspective of the natural environment.
This puts them in good stead for the modern world, where environment and progress need to be constantly considered in relation to the decisions we make.
Goose Island is another of the unique and excellent facilities available at Scotch College through the Outdoor Education department.
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