As more and more students are engaging with Facebook, Twitter, MSN and other electronic social networks as a part of their daily routine, their engagement with their natural surrounds are becoming less frequent.
Outdoor and Environmental Education relies upon the concept of experiential learning as a major part of its pedagogy. Experiential learning embraces a philosophy and approach in which educators purposefully engage with students in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills and clarify values.
Such experiences enable students to develop the necessary skills and expertise to address challenges, foster proactive attitudes, self-motivation, and fulfil commitments to be able to make informed decisions and take responsible action in their journey to becoming life-long learners.
Kormilda College provides a developmental and sequential Outdoor Educational Program through two main streams:
The College provides students with the opportunity to study Outdoor and Environmental Education as a part of their school curriculum. All Year 9 students engage with a semester of Outdoor and Environmental Education through the MYP. It is then offered as a Stage 1 and 2 elective for students in Year 10, 11 and 12. This program provides a successive delivery of skills and knowledge aimed to foster understanding and engagement with a student’s community and individual learning. Environmental awareness and related ecological ethics are a common theme throughout this subject’s scope.
Offered to all students in Year 6 – 10, the Camp Program provides a balanced and progressive sequence which aims to integrate knowledge with experiential activities. The program is designed through a series of journey based experiences that allow students to participate in a variety of activities and challenges that increase understanding and awareness about themselves, others and the environment. Although the Camp Program is separate to the Outdoor & Environmental Education Curriculum, it is an integral part of the school’s educational philosophy and contributes significantly to the fulfilment of the College Mission Statement.