Outdoor Education at O’Loughlin Catholic College is a Senior subject offered to students in Years 10, 11 and 12.
Outdoor Education is a very practical subject that contributes to an inspirational education by promoting relationships, resilience and reflection. It provides students with an opportunity to develop essential life skills and physical activity skills, and an opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of the environment and a positive relationship with nature.
Students will also have to face challenges in areas of perceived risk to themselves and while recognising their own limitations, will challenge these and relate the outcome back to other environments such as home and school.
Students who choose Outdoor Education will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of exciting and challenging camps across the Northern Territory. As much as possible the timing of these camps and excursions is designed to minimise the impact on academic programmes as well as sport, retreat, music and other OCC commitments.
Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
This exciting program encourages students to challenge themselves in the following sections - Skill, Volunteering, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey. Gold Award participants also undertake a Residential Project. Students choose and undertake an activity that fits in with the purpose of each section for at least the minimum amount of time specified for their chosen level: Bronze, Silver or Gold.
The purpose of the Award is to give young people of all abilities the opportunity to volunteer in their communities, develop their skills, join a physical activity and embark on adventurous journeys. Students in Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 can complete their Bronze, Silver or Gold Award at O’Loughlin Catholic College.
The adventurous journey component of the Award can be fulfilled through participation in the curiculum Outdoor Education Program with in the College. In Years 11 and 12, students design, plan and organise their own extended expedition.
“A journey of a thousand miles starts from beneath one’s own feet” (Lao Tzu)