St Andrews is committed to developing the ‘whole’ person, and outdoor education plays a significant part in providing students with opportunities to develop independence and resilience, where they learn to adapt to new and challenging situations. The Outdoor Education program requires students in Years 4, 5 and 6 to spend three days each year at an outdoor education centre, learning new skills, and extending themselves away from the familiarity of home.
Currently, Year 4 visit Tyalgum Ridge Resort in northern NSW, Year 5 are based at Luther Heights in Coolum and Year 6 travel Lake Ainsworth, Lennox Head.
Students learn team skills, endurance (physical and emotional) and Trained and qualified instructors facilitate activities such as high and low ropes, archery, orienteering, bush skills, river rafting, obstacle courses and camp crafts, while the class teachers provide supervision, encouragement and pastoral care during the three-day experience. Many of the most long-lasting memories of a child’s time in the Junior School come from their camp experiences.