- Student Life
The primary goal of the Woodcroft College Outdoor Education Program is to develop the following three qualities in our students:
Perseverance, Selflessness and Community Spirit
The activities students take part in are not viewed as ends in themselves: that is, we do not think it is vital that all our students learn how to sleep in a tent, rock climb or solve initiative problems. Rather, we see these experiences as effective ways to teach valuable lessons about life. The program’s method of achieving this goal rests on the principle of experiential learning.
Year 3 students have a sleepover at the Adelaide Zoo. The Adelaide Zoosnooze includes education sessions highlighting important animal and habitat conservation issues. This one night sleep over also helps to develop the students independence and team building skills.
Year 4 students take part in an overnight stay, held at Mylor Adventure Camp. It encompasses the transdisciplinary skills of the PYP (social, thinking, communication and self-management). Activities include the giant swing, bridge building, low ropes, initiative pursuits, flying fox plus a whole range of other facilitated activities to give our students the opportunity to develop their team building and problem solving skills.
Year 5 students attend a two-night camp which is held at Woodhouse Activity Centre. Students participate in Challenge Hill, The Labyrinth, laser skirmish, bouldering, orienteering, Tube Slide and Disc Golf. These activities along with other team games, develop our students leadership, team building and problem solving skills.
Year 6 students visit Narnu Farm on Hindmarsh Island for a three-day camp with activities including horse-riding, archery, rock-climbing and swimming. The theme of the camp is ‘Getting together, getting along’ and aims to build strong relationships between students and teaching staff early in the year, to develop an understanding of inclusion, to focus on developing self-esteem and confidence and to introduce the students to a range of outdoor activities.
Year 7 students take part in a three-day camp at the Murraylands Aquatic Centre near Murray Bridge. Activities include sailing, sailboarding, knee-boarding, kayaking, canoeing and rowing. The aim of the camp is to further the personal development of students, focusing on self-esteem and confidence, build interpersonal bonds between students and staff and introduce students to camping and aquatic activities in preparation for the Outdoor Education Program in Years 8 to 12.
Year 8 students visit Middleton Caravan Park on the Fleurieu Peninsula for a five-day camp. The focus of the camp is outdoor living, personal development and problem-solving which is achieved through initiative games, surfing, kayaking and abseiling.
Year 9 Quest Camp is the pinnacle of the Middle School for many students. The aim of this 14-day camp in the Grampians is to develop the qualities of perseverance, selflessness and community spirit. Our experience with this program reinforces our belief that experiencing challenges in a controlled and safe environment, gives students powerful insights and personal skills that will prepare them for learning environment of life.
Year 10 students use their Quest skills and knowledge on a four-day camp at Tuilkilkey Station in the Mid-North. Students are involved in a Rogaine that takes them back to the 1800s. Small independent groups compete in an extended initiative game as they move around the 20,000 hectare property.
Year 11 and 12 students can choose to to study Outdoor Education as part of their SACE electives. The course provides an opportunity to connect learning between the classroom and the natural environment. Students investigate the sensitivities of the natural world and acquire the skills to conduct outdoor adventurous activities in a sustainable way.