Outdoor Education

What boy doesn’t like to climb, abseil, canoe or camp?!

Building resilience in Hale School boys for the community's sustainable future, Outdoor Education provides opportunities to develop positive relationships with the environment, others and ourselves through interaction with the natural world. These relationships are essential for the wellbeing and sustainability of individuals, society and our environment. Students are engaged in practical and active learning experiences in natural environments and settings typically beyond the school classroom. Outdoor Education is uniquely placed to address the general capabilities and cross curriculum priorities of the Australian Curriculum, in particular personal and social capabilities, critical and creative thinking, ethical understanding, Aboriginal perspectives and sustainability.

The programme aims for every student to:
  • Develop personal and social capability.
  • Develop the capacity for critical thinking and self-reflection.
  • Develop strategies for management of personal risk.
  • Gain an appreciation for the natural environment.
  • Be committed to service.

Our Outdoor Education programme spans across the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools.

Year 4 - The Lorax Adventure
Year 4 students will attend an overnight programme on campus. The theme of the camp is based around the 1971, Dr. Seuss book “The Lorax”. A mysterious character ‘The Lorax’ is the guardian of the forest who loves to share the marvels and mysteries of the natural world. As students earn badges to become Forest Guardian’s it is the intention they will explore how humans can connect with the natural environment and discuss ways they can develop solutions to better protect our natural world.

Year 5 - The adventure begins!
In Year 5, students attend a three day programme in Geographe Bay, Busselton. Boys participate in adventure activities such as snorkelling, rock climbing, archery, caving, Aboriginal cultural experience and more. The intention is to gently introduce boys to different natural environments and group settings that is important in developing a sense of personal responsibility and comfort away from the home environment.

Year 6 - Forest discovery; gaining confidence in the outdoors.
Year 6 student attend a four day programme at Pemberton Camp School. The boys participate in activities close to the camp and around Pemberton, including mountain biking, archery, rafting and a circus workshop. The bush environment is a great setting to develop and enhance boys’ knowledge and respect of the environment, and at the same time gain confidence in the outdoors.

Year 7 - Forming relationships and working together.
The Year 7 camp is four days and held at Dwellingup, in the Murray River region (130km south-east of Perth). The campsite, within the Lane-Poole Reserve, provides excellent access to the Murray River and surrounding Jarrah forest. Students participate in a number of activities in the surrounding areas including tent camping, cooking, orienteering, canoeing, rafting, mountain biking, team games and more.

Year 8 - Personal challenge; preparing for expedition journeys.
The Year 8 camp at Wharncliffe Mill Forest Camp (north of Margaret River) sees boys participate in mountain biking, canoeing, abseiling and rock climbing in the surrounding areas; and cooking their evening meal each night. These activities are challenging, exciting and fun. The aim of the camp is to develop boys’ knowledge of environmental camping and improve their teamwork and leadership skills.

Year 9 - Team leadership; experiential expedition learning.
Year 9 students attend a six day camp held on the southern coast of Western Australia. Students participate in a challenging multi-day expedition, aimed at developing skills in team leadership in a supportive learning environment. Designed to be challenging and engaging for this age group, Year 9 students will hike, paddle and mountain bike as part of the journey.

Year 10 - Extended personal challenge and exploration of human-nature relationships.
In Year 10, all students attend a nine-day field programme in the Exmouth Region. The camp is operated from Hale School’s base in Exmouth Township. After a 15 hour overnight coach trip to the base, students prepare for the next eight nights camping under the stars. Up to four groups are in the field at one time, where they rotate through three programme sections ranging from two to four days long.Camp highlights include:

  • Rowing a 24ft rowboat amongst the islands of Exmouth Gulf, where groups need to be self-sufficient (to a degree) though fishing and foraging in a shipwreck camp scenario.
  • Hiking/backpacking the 30km, four-day southern walk from shore to shore across Cape Range and Exmouth Peninsula. The walk is through an elevation of 300m and includes a lay-day of rock climbing and abseiling.
  • Sea kayaking along the pristine waters of Ningaloo Reef for two days with a beach campout.

The expedition focuses around environmental, group and personal observations and includes many structured learning and review opportunities, as well as an introduction to individual leadership among peers. Following the final debrief, the students say goodbye to Exmouth and board the coach once again for the 15 hour ride home.