Outdoor Education

St Andrew’s provides an exciting camps program for all our Prep to Year 10 students. The Camps are a compulsory and fun part of each child’s education. The aims of this program are to improve:

  • Self-confidence
  • Social skills
  • Bonding within year groups
  • Environmental understandings
  • Outdoor skills
  • Understanding of self and others

The program is designed to build on skills and provide increasing levels of challenge and self-reliance as children progress through the year levels. Locations and activities are chosen to be age-appropriate as well as to provide a variety of environments and activities. Camps are learning-rich experiences where students achieve incredible personal growth.

Year 7 go to Camp Kokoda for five days of challenge and self-discovery. The Meebunn-bia site is a mountainous open bushland adventure, with spectacular views over Maroon Dam, Mt May and Mt Barney NP, housing 6 rudimentary campsites, equipped with all necessary facilities including toilets, accomodation, water and cooking areas. Students work in smaller groups during the week as they hike to remote bush campsites and complete challenges enroute. Everything is carried in their backpacks and group meals are prepared by students themselves. Challenges include Giant Swing, 480m Flying Fox, Canyon Traverse, Abseil and Canoeing. The main focuses of this camp are group living and individual challenge. Our students return to school with greater confidence, knowing more about themselves and their peers.
Year 8 students are spending five days in the Granite high country at Girraween National Park. We travel to Castle Rock Camp ground where students set up tents for the week. Activities are mentally and physically challenging and include the "Tunnel of Terror", scaling the Pyramid and climbing Turtle Rock. This is a truly majestic landscape that provides the perfect environment for an exciting school camp.
Year 9 Camp is a big step up for our students. Every day is a new challenge- canoeing, hiking, sailing, abseiling, mountain biking- that has to be conquered to get to the next campsite. Campsites include Boreen Point, Noosa North Shore, Elanda Point and the Noosa Sea Scouts. Students travel and camp in groups of around 20 students with 2 staff. Specialist instructors meet the groups each day to take them on a new adventure.
Our Year 10 students have three camp options to choose from:

Sea Kayaking

Moreton Bay is a wilderness jewel on our back doorstep. Before the camp even begins, students must work with buddies to plan their menus and buy their food. The journey begins in the sheltered waters of the southern bay, then they venture out to campsites on South Stradbroke Island. They learn paddling techniques and by the end of the week are navigating themselves and planning their route depending on tides and conditions.

Fraser Island Hike

Traveling in small groups of 14 students with 2 teachers, this camp provides a unique wilderness experience on World Heritage listed Fraser Island. Approximately 40 kilometers is hiked over the five days with each group staying in a new location every night. Students (and teachers) must carry everything on their backs including food, tents and clothing.

Mountain Biking

Based in the Noosa Hinterland region, students travel a trail network through forests and small towns. Each night sees us setting up camp in a new location and each day brings a mixture of relaxing fire trails and more technical single track. Students self-cater for the entire week and navigation becomes their responsibility as the week progresses. 

Whitsundays Scuba Camp

Students fly to Airlie Beach and spend 3 nights in town completing class and pool sessions. They then set sail on a maxi yacht to the islands where they complete their open water dives and spend 2 nights living on board.

Students in Year 11 undertake a targeted development of their group (social) and leadership skills, albeit in an appropriate and inspiring outdoor setting, with their Leadership Retreat. This week-long course is pivotal in assisting each Year 11 cohort to strengthen their skills and capacity to become the best leaders possible in the pending school year to come, and also to help them focus their personal goals for their final and vital year of schooling. Students in Year 12 attend their "Futures Week" - a series of events targeting issues and skills specific to the needs of Year 12s. This includes a 3 day trip to Brisbane to explore a variety of tertiary institutions.

News & Events

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 -
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Wed, 25 Oct 2017 -
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Tue, 31 Oct 2017 - 9:00am
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