The TAS Outdoor Education Program is highly-regarded as one of the leading programs of its type in the country, being unique in its broad and comprehensive scope and sequence. All students in Years 2-12 engage in the Outdoor Education Program with a view to furthering their relationships with self, others and the natural environment. The programs are rich in varied learning outcomes all linked with the Australian Curriculum. Regarded as a forefather of outdoor education and founder of Outward Bound, Kurt Hahn quoted that “there is more in you thank 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 encourage students in becoming the best version of themselves.
From Years 2 to 12, the typical TAS student spends 15 days completing junior school outdoor education programs and 38 days on senior school programs. The programs range in duration from an initial overnight experience for 7-year-olds in Year 2, up to the 18-day Year 9 Outdoor Education Program, which is framed as a right of passage at a crucial time in a young person’s development. Junior school programs are centre-based, sequentially building on a range of personal and outdoor education skills, such as sleeping in tents from Year 5. Senior school programs are journey or expedition-based in nature, with Year 11 and 12 programs being focused on leadership, teamwork and effective communication, along with other personal development aims.
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. Selected programs also utilise climbing, sea kayaking and white-water kayaking. Most programs also feature an environmental community service component and all programs have significant personal reflection time built in. We are not limited to using particular centres or facilities and therefore have significant flexibility in customizing and continually refining our programs to meet the needs of the students and other key stakeholders. Our scope and sequence framework therefore sets the agenda for our program design and delivery. 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
Outdoor Education Handbook for Students and Parents
The Value of Outdoor Education
Curriculum - Years 2 to 12
Year 10 Outdoor Recreation Program