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Outdoor Education – Middle School

Outdoor Education is an integral component of the curriculum at Immanuel College. Programs play an important role in developing the student’s sense of self, relationships with other people and relationships with natural environments. Students are introduced to outdoor activities that can be used as a way of achieving good health and personal development. Programs are progressive over the Middle School years, with students participating in a culminating expedition at Year 10. All programs are staffed by Immanuel staff and appropriately qualified Outdoor Education staff.

Year 7

At the start of Term 1, students participate in a three day Aquatics Camp held at Murraylands Aquatic Centre, Murray Bridge. Students have the opportunity to experience activities including kayaking, canoeing, sail boarding, dinghy sailing, knee boarding and small boat handling.

These camps are an ideal setting for students to get to know their teachers and new classmates. There is a significant emphasis placed on working with others, acquiring new skills and safety issues.

In Term 3, students learn navigation skills and complete an orienteering course and half day walk in the Adelaide Hills.

Year 8

Students spend four days at Douglas Scrub, Blewitt Springs. Students are involved in a high ropes course, mountain biking, bushwalking and camping. Skills are also developed in the areas of teamwork, leadership and initiative through a series of active group problem solving tasks. Students sleep in tents and spend one night in Kuitpo Forest and the other two nights at Douglas Scrub.

Students also complete a surfing day where they are introduced to the sport and gain an understanding of safety in the surf zone.

These camps have team work and personal challenge as their major focus. Students are encouraged to extend their comfort zones and play positive roles within their peer group.

Year 9

Programs are based in the Flinders Ranges and are conducted over ten days during Term 2. Students participate in bushwalking, kayaking, rock climbing and camping – where in supervised small groups they develop skills in group management, lightweight camping and minimal impact techniques. Students are also involved in the community by providing service to the environment and townships. Our Humanities department provide an excellent day of integrating their subject in the local area. There is a significant emphasis placed on teamwork, self reliance, leadership, cooperation and responsibility.


The school supplies quality equipment (for example: tents, rucksacks, kayaks, PFD’s, trangia stoves) which is utilised for all programs. Students will need their own sleeping bag (compact and below zero rated), closed cell foam roll mat and water proof jacket for use during all outdoor education programs.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

The school has a strong tradition of offering this very worthwhile scheme. Students are involved in adventure, recreation, developing skills and community service. There are three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. As students progress through the Award, a greater committment is needed. Immanuel and the outside community hold the Award in very high regard.


Year 7 camp costs are included in school fees. Year 8–9 camps will be charged to school accounts. 

As camps are compulsory, all students are required to attend. Credits due to non-attendance will only be considered when a medical certificate has been produced however costs incurred by the College on a student’s behalf remain the responsibility of parents.


Outdoor Education is part of the College’s core curriculum and is assessed as part of the Pastoral or Physical Education program.


Senior School Outdoor Education Program