Outdoor education is considered to be an intrinsic part of the curriculum as it promotes active learning through direct personal experience as well as offering fun and excitement in a safe environment. We believe that providing girls with challenging experiences offers alternative avenues for achievement as well as opportunities to develop self-reliance, overcome fear, learn to work as part of a team and give and receive support. In the process the girls’ confidence and self-esteem are enhanced as well as their personal and social development.
As well as the physical challenges offered in the girls’ outdoor education, we place a strong emphasis on environmental awareness, teaching the girls in a practical way about the world they live in and how to care for their environment.
The outdoor education programme has been carefully tailored so that each year builds on the skills of the previous one and new, age-appropriate challenges are introduced. The programme culminates in Grade 11 with a final adventure where the emphasis is on social cohesion and camaraderie. The Grade 10 Journey is the pinnacle of our outdoor education programme. The girls and the boys from St Andrew’s College canoe, hike, run and cycle the 600 km from the source of the Fish River to its mouth at the coast over 21 days. As well as the physical challenges presented, the pupils learn about the rich historical, cultural and environmental heritage of the area and are challenged by the pressing social, environmental and sustainability issues they encounter during their journey.