Scared Heart Girls College Oakleigh

Outdoor and Environmental Education

Outdoor Education is an exciting and stimulating way to engage students outside the classroom and to facilitate experiential learning.

Learning takes place in many ways and in different environments both inside and outside the classroom. Outdoor Education at Sacred Heart Girls’ College encourages students to: develop their social and leadership skills; accept all challenges both physical and mental; build on their independence and teamwork skills and develop an appreciation for and wonder of natural environments.
Our sequencial outdoor learning program commences in Year 7 and is part of the curriculum for all students in Years 7 to 10.

Discovery Camp
The Year 7 camp is located at Camp Jungai in the Rubicon Valley. It is a three day Centre based program consisting of a number of adventure style activities. The camp forms the foundation for relationships with both peers and teachers as they begin their secondary education. Activities facilitate the core focus, which includes accepting challenges and goal setting. Students experience a number of adventure style activities, sleep in cabins for one night and hike to a bush campsite for the second night.

Challenge Camp
The Year 8 camp is located on the Mornington Peninsula’s coastline and has a focus on marine environments. It is a three day program consisting of a number of adventure style activities. This camp aims to extend the skills students acquired from their year 7 camp experience. Individual and group challenges focus on teamwork and group problem solving. A number of adventure activities including: beach hiking, initiative games, camping and camp cooking, and surfing lessons are enjoyed by the girls.

Year 9 Camp
The Year 9 camp is located at Wollangarra Outdoor Education Centre, near Licola. This unique venue aims to educate students about practical conservation and environmental sustainability. It aims to build a strong sense of community and positive relationships with the environment. It is a five day program consisting of cooking, baking, working in the garden, hiking and other conservational activities.

Year 10 Summit Camp
The Year 10 camp is based in four stunning locations across the State. It is a four day journey based camp and marks for many, the finale of their Outdoor Education experience at Sacred Heart. The focus of the Year 10 experience is on leadership, accepting challenge and community action. Students have four camp options to choose from:

• Hiking: Groups will be bushwalking the Great Ocean Walk in the Otways National Park, taking in spectacular scenery and learning the skills of travelling lightly. Students will spend two nights base camping in the area, before walking to a second campsite carrying all their own gear.

• Canoeing: Groups will be journeying on a stretch of the Murray River between Cobram and Tocumwal in a region known as the Sun Country on the Murray. Groups will paddle up to 30 km each day, carrying all they need in their canoes.

• Rock climbing: Located approximately two hours North East of Melbourne between Buxton and Alexandra, the Cathedral Range is a spectacular 7 km ridge of sharply upturned sedimentary rock. Groups will spend two nights base camping in the area with a day walk to the top of Ned's Peak and a full-day climbing journey from Sugarloaf Saddle.

• Sea kayaking: The sea kayaking journey will take place on the Gippsland Lakes. The Gippy Lakes is Australia’s largest natural enclosed waterway being 103 km long. Students will paddle in double sea kayaks and carry all their food and equipment for their journey.

Years 9, 11 and 12 students can continue to pursue outdoor and environmental learning through the Year 9 elective subject Mountains to the Sea or at VCE via Outdoor & Environmental Studies Units 1- 4.