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Outdoor Education

In a world where people are increasingly driven indoors, we purposefully take students outdoors. Our Outdoor Education program sets us apart and is an integral part of school life at Southern Hills Christian College, from Pre-Kindergarten right through to Year 12.

Our setting, surrounded by Bungendore park, is unique and easy access to other nearby areas such as the Munda Biddi Trail, the Bibbulmun Track and Wungong Dam, leads to experience based learning – both the action as well as the theory - being part of our DNA.

The College has the best outdoor education facilities in Western Australia, including high ropes, flying fox, a giant swing and a 30m abseiling tower. It is no surprise that our ATAR and General results in Outdoor Education far exceed the state averages but more importantly we equip our students with essential life skills.

Outdoor Education lends itself to personal development, leadership development, communication, risk assessment (identifying, calculating, taking risk within safe, controlled environment), team work development, self-sufficiency and resilience. We take our students out of their comfort zone in a safe and controlled manner, and encourage them to go beyond what they believe they could achieve.

From Pre-Kindergarten to Year 7, Outdoor Education is part of the curriculum. From Year 8 to Year 12, it is a popular elective following a skills development program, focusing on a new outdoor pursuit each term. Examples include hiking, mountain biking, roping and canoeing.

The Outdoor Education Camps are second to none and have consistent themes such as making good choices, being independent, planning and organizing and being responsible in the outdoors.

Year 8 – One-night on Bibbulmun track, hiking from Sullivans Rock to Monadnocks

Year 9 – Two-night hiking and canoeing camp in Dwellingup

Year 10 – Three-night mountain biking camp on the Munda Biddi Trail

Year 11 – Three-night water sports camp in Dwellingup

Year 12 – Cape-to-Cape hike

 

Classroom Camps

Year 3 – Evening activity at school with a fire pit, night walk and nature play

Year 4 – Activity at school with a fire pit and night walk, followed by a sleepover in the classroom

Year 5 – Evening activity at school, sleeping in tents on the lawn

Year 6 – Leadership camp, sleeping in tents on the school lawn

Year 6 – Sydney Canberra trip

Year 7 – Father/son, mother/daughter adventure camp with activity challenges, a guest speaker and a bonfire

Year 9 – The Rite Journey

Year 10 – Service camp to Kurrawang

Year 11 – Life choices camp in Busselton

Year 12 – Leavers 2 Leaders service camp in the Phillippines

 

Service Camps

Whether local or international, our service camps emphasise cultural exchange, living like locals, a heart for the poor and a Christian mindset for the world around us.

Year 10 students from our College can join a trip to the Kurrawang Aboriginal Community, just outside of Kalgoorlie.  Enabling our students to challenge their pre conceived ideas and paradigms,  they assist in classroom literacy and numeracy as well as small building and maintenance projects. The trip presents an opportunity for students to fundraise and pay their way and serve the community of Kurrawang.

Southern Hills Christian College is the home of the Leavers 2 Leaders service trip to the Philippines, open to students in Year 11 and Year 12. 

The program exposes students to what life is like in a third world country and will challenge them both physically and emotionally to make a real difference in this world.

Additionally, the work and programs the students complete makes a tangible difference to the poverty-stricken communities they visit, by funding and assisting with education, feeding, infrastructure, health, pastoral care and business projects.

Find out more about Leavers2Leaders and the next trip here