The Geelong College aims to provide knowledge, experience and skills in outdoor, environmental, adventure and Indigenous education, in order to prepare students for the personal, social, physical and environmental challenges in their lives.
The Learning Outdoors program is an integral part of the Geelong College curriculum, providing unique opportunities and experiences for students from Early Learning to Year 12. Learning Outdoors links the classroom curriculum to the outdoors, and allows students to learn through practical experience, reflection, and discussion. Students are challenged to engage in environmentally-sustainable living practices, and to develop key personal and social competencies.
The Learning Outdoors program provides a level of challenge and complexity that requires students to be resilient, creative, organised, and resourceful, it develops the skills required to live harmoniously and sustainably in a dynamic world.
Learning Outdoors – Key Themes
- Educational focus that links to classroom learning
- Environmental activites, both practical and theoretical
- Service to a community and the environment
- Personal reflection, quiet time or ‘stillness’
- Physical, personal, social or emotional challenge
- Inclusive social interaction
- Embedded indigenous education
- Sense of adventure in the outdoors
The Geelong College recognises the fragile and complex nature of our global living systems. We are aware of the role that humans can, and have continued to play in positively or negatively affecting the environment.
The Geelong College is committed to a sustainable global future. Our policies and practices will continue to be increasingly environmentally sympathetic over the short, medium and long term. We will continue to develop learning programmes and experiences which instil in students a connectedness to the environment and a commitment to being active environmental stewards.
We recognise the significant and imminent environmental concerns facing the current and future generations, and commit to working thoughtfully and sympathetically to have made a positive environmental impact.