Curricular - Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education (OED) is a leadership course developed by The Riverina Anglican College which combines skills and knowledge from a number of different subjects and is assessed through both academic study and practical application through Adventure Based Experiential Learning similarly to the Duke Of Edinburgh program.

Adventure Based Experiential Learning is a learning process that draws upon experiences during journeys or through specific activities such as bushwalking, kayaking, rock climbing and abseiling. The focus of the journey is not necessarily on the mode (eg. Kayaking or bushwalking) of journey but on the underlying study/project being carried out. For Example, students could journey by foot through mountainous countryside and be expected to demonstrate competency in areas such as:

  • Geography: GPS mapping, climate, weather, charts, sustainability, topography,
  • Science – entomology, classification, water testing, environmental impact
  • Business Studies – Trip planning, budgeting, management
  • Physical Education – The human body, health & fitness
  • English – Journal writing and public speaking 

The journeys can encompass physical, social, emotional and intellectual dimensions of experience. Students use their foundation skills in the experience, bear the consequence of their actions in a constructive manner and then use reflection to determine how they might approach similar situations in the future. The final element is the transfer of learning into everyday situations.

Students working together in small, supervised groups address concepts such as leadership and being led, inclusiveness, the value of working towards a common goal and the recognition of the attributes each individual can bring to the team.

As they complete the course, students will gain nationally recognised credentials in kayaking, abseiling, bushwalking and remote/wilderness first aid. This course requires some commitment outside of school hours to assist with community events.

Students wishing to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award program should undertake this course. Having successfully completed the Year 9 component of this course, students will be eligible for the Bronze Award, and successful Year 10 students will be eligible for the Silver Award.