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Outdoor Education – Senior 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 10

Students participate in Adventure Week where they select from a variety of programs. The programs allow students to experience an activity that they have enjoyed in their Middle School years on a more demanding scale. Activities include kayaking on the Murray River/Coorong, rock climbing at Mount Arapiles (Victoria), downhill skiing in Victoria, fishing, surfing or PADI scuba diving on Yorke Peninsula and rock climbing and rafting in Tasmania. Numbers are limited for these activities and an application process may apply.

SACE Years 11 & 12

Students can study Outdoor Education as part of their SACE course. Outdoor Education is the study of the human connection to natural environments through outdoor activities. In Outdoor Education, students develop their sense of self-reliance and build relationships with people and natural environments. By participating in outdoor activities, students develop an understanding of ecology, environmental sustainability, physical, emotional and spiritual health. Students increase their effectiveness as members of a group and develop skills in reflection, assessing and managing risks, managing safety and minimising environmental impacts for sustainable futures.


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 10 Adventure Camps are charged to school accounts as soon as camps are finalised. Year 10 camps are compulsory and 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.

Fees apply to SACE Outdoor Education camps for those students choosing this subject in Years 11 and 12.


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