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The theme “Taking Time to Grow” epitomises the inclusive nature of the Outdoor Education Program and is a vital part of a holistic approach to education. 

It encompasses four key areas:

  • Environmental EducationOutdoor
  • Personal Social Development
  • Leisure Education
  • Cross-Curricular Education

Each child at St Peter’s is a valued member of the school community; the Camp structure recognises this and the contribution of the students in their own education outside the classroom.

Year 7

Progressive in nature the Program begins early in Year 7 with three days at Southern Cross Outdoor Education Centre in Somersby. This camp allows the students to forge new relationships as they embark on a new school career

Year 8

Students continue in a similar manner with a more challenging experience over four days at Great Aussie Bush Camp just south of Forster.

Year 9

Students appreciate the real nature of camping under canvas and are able to select from the following options; Wee Jasper, where caving, abseiling, climbing and Bush walking keep the students occupied for their five days. At the same time there is a more intimate challenge set by the staff at Broken Bay Sport and Recreation Camp on the Hawkesbury River . The third option for students is the Surf and Water Activities camp held at Tiona Park, situated on the Lakesway, Pacific Palms, in the Booti Booti National Park.

Further experiences present themselves as part of elective subject choices

In all these camps students are placed in an environment that nurtures and develops a sense of self as part of a wider community. In most cases the students prepare food and participate in activities that require them to contribute as part of a team.

The Program reflects and promotes the underlying philosophy of St Peter’s through the following:

  • To support the Christian Ideals of the Church
  • To heighten the students’ awareness of the natural environment
  • To teach students to value themselves
  • To establish and promote a healthy lifestyle of lifelong activity
  • To develop a sense of community
  • To adapt to a changing world
  • To provide a holistic education outside the classroom in a safe environment
  • To assist in the development of student/staff relationships
  • To challenge the student to step outside their ‘comfort zone’

Staff participation is key to the success of the Program and opportunities exist for all staff at St Peter’s to attend the camps if possible. Parents have also formed an integral part of the camp experience and we look forward to furthering the relationship with all interested parties in the continuing development of the Program.