Outdoor education, adventure and engagement with the natural world is an important part of school life at Toorak College.
Wardle House Outdoor Education Program
Each year, students from Years 2 to 6 participate in a dynamic, structured and challenging Outdoor Education program that takes students into environments different from their everyday life.
Programs are sequentially linked to the Primary Years Program of Inquiry (PYP) and tailored to develop the whole person, promoting self-esteem, resourcefulness, independence, resilience, tolerance and determination. Students have the opportunity to build on skills and understandings from previous years and increase awareness and understanding of the natural environment.
The Wardle House Outdoor Education experience begins in Year 2 with an overnight stay and by Year 6 students progress to a week-long camp. Students benefit from the socialisation, experience and fun of being ‘on camp’, which builds confidence, communication and collegiate collaboration.
Students participate in a sleepover at school where activities focus on emerging independence, teamwork and play.
Students travel to the local ‘adventure by the bay’, Camp Manyung. This two-day Outdoor Education experience provides opportunities for personal growth, independence, building community spirit and immersion in the natural world.
Students participate in a three-day experience at Phillip Island, where they explore the environment, participate in team challenges and learn about the native fauna.
Linking with curriculum focus on immigration, students travel to Ballarat to the heart of the Gold Rush at Sovereign Hill. Students connect their studies with the stories of immigrant gold miners of the 1850s and explore the exhibits.
Students participate in cultural, environmental and internationally focussed activities, travelling to the Australian Capital, Canberra, as part of curriculum focus on governance, identity and heritage. Every second year, students have a choice of exchange programs that support global awareness. New Zealand’s Kristin School hosts students with strong sporting interests, whilst students with more cultural and technological preferences visit Ravenswood School for Girls in Sydney. Students stay with exchange families, developing friendships beyond the school environment. At year’s end, students camp at Point Leo for a series of adventure activities, including kayaking, surfing and team challenges.
Senior School Outdoor Education Program
Our Senior School camps focus on the School's guiding values of Empower, Academic Growth, Personal Growth and Thrive, to enrich and enhance each girl's learning journey at Toorak College.
Programs are delivered sequentially, reinforcing our pastoral curriculum as the girls undertake challenges to foster new friendships and strengthen connections as they proceed through Senior School together.
Students build resilience and acquire leadership skills through a range of physical, emotional and social challenges, both locally and internationally, enabling them to develop into independent, critical thinking, globally conscious and considerate young women.
In Years 7 and 8, our tailored Outdoor Education Program aims to continue and foster a love and appreciation of the outdoors as well as providing positive social experiences. Through a range of challenging and adventurous activities students learn valuable life skills such as working in a team, independence and resilience.
In Year 9 students select an adventure that extends them beyond their boundaries. It is an opportunity to travel abroad or to remote areas of Australia, where they can have a unique experience.
Immersed in a different culture to their own, this opportunity affords time to think about not only a different way of life, but also to reflect on their own culture. Our program emphasises participation in activities that make a tangible difference in the lives of a local community. The experience allows for greater understanding that we are all global citizens and do have responsibilities to the world we live in.
There is a physical component to the tour which endeavours to challenge the girls to strengthen their skills in resilience and grit. Independence, self-leadership, working collaboratively with their peers are all attributes that students acquire from this program. After completing the adventure, students reflect on their own personal challenges, on what they have personally learnt and how this has enriched their lives.
Past journeys have included experiences in the following locations:
• Indigenous Australia
This three day camp builds on skills associated with team building, communication and collaboration developed through previous years in outdoor education activities. Working in teams, students are provided with a range of outdoor challenges which focus on both physical and mental agility as the girls navigate through fun and engaging challenges.