Outdoor education is an important part of our learning journey here at Redlands as it develops each student’s ability, understanding and skills needed to excel as part of a holistic education.
Experiential outdoor education provides a stimulating complement to the traditional classroom environment. From Years 2 to 11, all students are involved in camps, where residential-style experiences are conducted in a sequential learning program in a wide range of environments throughout New South Wales.
Camps are a vital part of a Redlands education aiming to enhance student’s perceptions of their abilities, improve self-confidence, add to essential life skills and develop a deep respect for the natural environment.
An Extension of the Classroom
Outdoor Education allows for the extension of knowledge gained in the classroom into safe, yet challenging and adventurous experiences under the expert guidance of the Outdoor Education Group (OEG) and appropriately trained Redlands staff. The program demonstrates a logical sequence of activities offering a progression of physical and mental challenges which are skills based, experiential and build on the previous years’ experiences.
Developing Young Leaders
The camps that are a part of the Redlands outdoor education program help develop our students awareness of oneself, group dynamics and living skills, positive decision making and use of practical initiatives, confidence communicating with others and leadership qualities that all form a valuable part in the development of our students.
A Variety of Locations
Camps are held at a variety of locations in New South Wales, including the Royal National Park, Kangaroo Valley region, Myall Lakes National Park, Canberra, Galston Crosslands and Redlands High Country Campus outside Jindabyne in the Snowy Mountains.
Duke of Edinburgh
All students from Year 9 onwards have the opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. This is a balanced, non-competitive program of voluntary activities that encourages personal discovery and growth, self-reliance, perseverance, self-responsibility and service to the community.
Each year approximately 60 Redlands students participate in the Bronze level, 20 students the Silver level and 20 students the Gold level.
Redlands High Country
The Redlands High Country Campus in Jindabyne in the Snowy Mountains region offers the greatest array of possibilities for both curriculum fieldwork and experiential learning. The campus is utilised for both outdoor education and also our Winter School, providing students a unique opportunity to combine their studies with routine snowsports training.