Endeavouring to utilise all of the senses as well as engaging the heart - through completely immersing students in unique and culturally challenging environments.
Outdoor Education is an elective study offered at Christian College from Year 8 through to VCE Outdoor and Environmental Studies. A range of Victorian outdoor environments are experienced from the mountains to the coast – in all seasons and conditions – so that students gain a knowledge and understanding of each environment and the ways in which humans have utilised the areas since the earliest days. Journeying through these environments enables students to also develop competence in a range of outdoor recreational activities. Safety is paramount and after thorough risk assessment of activities and environments, challenge is sought and provided.
Living in unpredictable and sometimes hostile environments necessitates students to be prepared and develop personal independence and group interdependence. This can provide for character development and a life-long enjoyment and appreciation of the intricacies of God’s creation.
An interest in the outdoors begins during the early years at Christian College through the Junior and Middle School camping programs. These trips introduce students to a range of Australian environments and build a curiosity for the natural environment while encouraging the students to become leaders and grow outside of their comfort zones.
The love for Outdoor Education continues at Senior School through the subject VCE Outdoor and Environmental Studies. Christian College has celebrated top Year 12 ATAR results for many years within this subject and 3 students have achieved Premier’s Awards.