Outdoor education is a key component of our curriculum at Prince of Peace and our varied, challenging program is central to holistic student development.
We believe that the outdoor education opportunities provided to our students, from their very first ‘sleep over’ experience in Year 2 right through to the Year 11 Leadership Camp, support the development of confidence, self sufficiency, initiative, teamwork and leadership skills. All students are expected to participate as part of their educational journey.
Our outdoor education program is an integral part of each year group’s curriculum and develops as follows:
Year 2 students enjoy their first ‘sleep over’ at the College’s Senior Campus after an excursion or learning activities throughout the day.
Year 3 students enjoy their first off-site experience with a one-night stay at a camping venue on the northern outskirts of Brisbane. Students enjoy two days of excursion, team work and camping activities.
Year 4 students enjoy a three-day, two-night stay at Luther Heights, Coolum. At this scenic hilltop and beachside location the children experience a wide range of outdoor challenges including a ropes course, teamwork activities and beach-based tasks.
Year 5 students head to Maranatha Recreational Educational Camp in Yandina on the Sunshine Coast for four days of fun and personal development in Term 2. Their camp is full of challenging individual and team-building activities and also teaches the children to appreciate the natural bushland environment.
Year 6 students spend five days in Canberra to complement and enhance their studies into the Australian parliamentary system. Highlights of the trip include visits to Parliament House, the National Library, the Australian War Memorial, the Australian Institute of Sport and Questacon.
Year 7 students commence the school year with a three-day outdoor education program at Camp Warawee, Joyner. Heading off together on the first day of secondary school provides the perfect opportunity for building positive relationships and powerful partnerships. Camp activities challenge our newest members to create connections, build a sense of unity and ensure all students are welcomed into the Senior Campus community.
Year 8 students develop their leadership skills at a camp at Luther Heights, Coolum Beach. Students undertake a number of physical activities and challenges that build teamwork, confidence and trust.
Year 9 students participate mid year in a three-week outdoor education experience at Mt Binga, near Blackbutt, as part of their yearlong Ubuntu program. The camp is a significant milestone in the social, emotional and spiritual development of our Middle School students and includes community living, horse riding, farm work, abseiling, hiking, overnight outdoor camping and team challenges. At the end of Year 9, students then participate in a day hike as part of their Ubuntu closing activities.
Year 10 students spend three days camping at Comboyuro near Bulwer on Moreton Island, undertaking a range of water-based and land-based physical activities and challenges to further develop their teamwork and confidence.
Year 11 students attend a Leadership Camp at Emu Gully that, in the words of one student, ‘sorts the men from the boys’ – regardless of gender! Over two days, the cohort faces a range of ANZAC-themed physical and mental challenges, designed to test the group’s resilience, teamwork and tenacity.