Regarded as one of the leading programs of its type in the country, the award-winning TAS Outdoor Education Program is unique in its broad and comprehensive scope and sequence. All students in Years 1-12 engage in the Outdoor Education Program to further their relationships with self, others and the natural environment. The programs are rich with a myriad of learning outcomes, all linked to the Australian Curriculum.
Regarded as a forefather of outdoor education and founder of Outward Bound, Kurt Hahn quoted that “there is more in you than you think, and if only you can be made to see it, for the rest of your life you will be unwilling to settle for anything less.” TAS Outdoor Education Program aims to reveal to students their potential, and moreover nurtures personal growth to inspire students to become the best version of themselves.
From Years 1 to 12, the typical TAS student spends 16 days completing primary school outdoor education programs and 38 days on secondary school programs. These range in duration from an initial day experience in Year 1 and an overnight experience in Year 2, up to the 18-day Year 9 Outdoor Education Program, which is framed as a “rite of passage” at a crucial time in a young person’s development. Primary school programs are centre-based, sequentially building on a range of personal and outdoor education skills, such as sleeping in tents from Year 5. Secondary school programs are journey or expedition-based, with Year 11 and 12 programs focusing on leadership, teamwork and effective communication.
Several additional and extension opportunities are also available in Outdoor Education, including the bespoke Year 10 Outdoor Recreation Program (24 activity days), 28-day World Challenge Expedition to developing countries, and the Duke of Edinburgh (International) Award.
The activities offered within the program are simply a vehicle to achieve learning outcomes. These including hiking, canoeing, mountain-biking, abseiling, challenge ropes courses, orienteering, caving, sailing. Most programs incorporate an environmental community service component and all programs have significant personal and group reflection time built in.
Our meticulously managed scope and sequence framework sets the agenda for our program design and delivery. We are also not limited to using designated centres or facilities and therefore have significant flexibility in customizing and continually refining our programs to meet the evolving needs of our students. Our program is further enhanced through incorporating the wonderful tropical north Queensland environment, including the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, and Wet Tropics Rainforests and further afield the dry savannah country.
View the highlights of our Outdoor Education Program
The Value of Outdoor Education
Year 10 Outdoor Recreation Program