The outdoor education program at Saints is an integral part of the educational experience for our students. As its name implies, ‘Pushing the Boundaries’ is designed to encourage students out of their comfort zone, taking them beyond the traditional school grounds and providing experiences designed to enhance their personal growth in a way that cannot be achieved inside the classroom.
On Sunday 13 May our Year 8 students departed for the Grampians for their 2018 journey. It comprised six days of hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and abseiling. Students were required to transport their essential equipment, plan and cater for meals and cook for themselves on trangias. Each night they had to set up tents and conquer a range of skills-based challenges.
Each boy encountered his own unique set of challenges throughout the journey. Importantly, it was the support of their team members that enabled all students to make it through the week. Character strengths of courage, grit, determination and endurance underpinned the success of each group and we congratulate all those involved in what was a highly successful program.
A special thanks to Mr Anthony Bates, Head of Outdoor Education who oversaw the journey. Thank you to the team of Year 8 mentors who provided outstanding pastoral care and support for the students.
Head of Middle Years
Photos courtesy of Mr William Freesmith, Year 8 Teacher.