Outdoor Education

The Outdoor Education program at St Michael’s Collegiate School  draws on a wonderful asset right on our doorstep: the rugged Tasmanian wilderness.

Outdoor Education is a key component of the curriculum at St Michael's Collegiate. There is no better place than Tasmania to explore breathtaking scenery, experience wildlife in its natural state and breathe in pure solitude. Facilitated, wilderness-based, experiential learning adventures promote cross-curricular learning opportunities for our girls and young women. They are encouraged to test their limits and push their own individual boundaries.

Outdoor education begins with broad-based programs in the Middle School years and progresses into our Senior School.  In the Middle School Program, activities range from single day bushwalking, mountain bike riding, rock climbing, low and high ropes courses, and orienteering, to multi-day, challenging camps offering diverse experiences such as abseiling, alpine bushwalking, white-water rafting and surf rafting.

Unique to Collegiate is the 9 ASPIRE Program which aims to provide a challenging yet safe and supportive realistic environment in which students are encouraged to aspire to new, positive and stimulating challenges and opportunities. This innovative program encourages and assists all Year 9 girls to develop the skills to grow in independence, maturity, self-belief and to become more resilient and responsible global citizens.  The 9 ASPIRE Program provides the opportunity to learn through self-directed projects, group programs, outdoor education, community service learning programs and volunteering.  The 9 ASPIRE Program offers a range of diverse learning opportunities beyond the classroom that provide a practical and experiential approach to learning.  The Program is based on three key themes: exploration, expedition and service learning.  All Year 9 girls may use their 9 ASPIRE experiences to gain recognition towards an award in the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (Australia).  9 ASPIRE experiences include walking the Overland Track in winter, sailing aboard replica square-riggers, exploring Flinders Island and the Tarkine wilderness, sea-kayaking on Tasmania’s east-coast, rock climbing on granite sea cliffs, and working with partner organisations to create sustainable community partnerships in such places as Bruny Island, North Stradbroke Island and the Solomon Islands.

In Year 10, girls take part in whole-year outdoor activities that build on previous outdoor experiences and provide opportunities for team building, leadership, learning greater responsibility and how to critically measure risk and reward.  These programs assist the acquisition and development of resilience by promoting purposeful exposure to challenge, high adventure and growth in each girl.

Collegiate’s Outdoor Education Program offers experiences that are uniquely challenging and meaningful, and which are a highly rewarding part of a girl’s life and education at our school.

 

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The hardest and best thing I’ve ever done.

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Georgia Abel
Year 9 ASPIRE Student
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Taking the girls out of their usual routine and comfort zone, and reaching beyond the standard academic realm develops life skills and explores the diverse interests of our students.

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Judith Tudball
Principal