Outdoor Education

Outdoor education uniquely addresses the cross-curriculum priorities of the Australian Curriculum, including personal and social capability, ethical understanding, and Aboriginal perspectives of land and country.

Pittwater House offers an innovative Outdoor Education Program that builds critical and creative thinking, leadership, independence and teamwork. Our Outdoor Education Program reinforces our HEROIC values, and our School focus on well-being and personal development.

Students stay in a variety of unique locations to remove them from their 'everyday' life. They work together in small, professionally facilitated groups run by an independent organisation.

The program is available to students from Year 2 to Year 11.

As part of our Outdoor Education Program at Pittwater House, we have partnered with Macpac to enable our School community to receive discounts on their merchandise.

For any enquiries please email [email protected].

The Outdoor Education Program

Year 2 (day camp only)Focus: Teamwork, listening to instructions

Activities: Scavenger hunt, playground parachute

Location: Lane Cove National Park

Term: 3

Year 3

Focus: Developing Independence

Activities: Giant swing, tree climb, bush skills, low ropes and treasure hunt

Location: Vision Valley

Term: 1

Year 4

Focus: Attitudes - "Have a go"

Activities: Giant swing, climbing tower, bushwalk, team challenges

Location: Stanwell Tops, Boronia

Term: 2

Year 5

Focus: Leadership/Teamwork

Activities: Wilderness challenge, low ropes, rock climb, raft build

Location: Wombaroo

Term: 3

Year 6

Focus: Civics and Parliamentary Democracy Study Tour

Activities: Parliament House, The Mint, Australian War Memorial, National Museum

Location: Canberra

Term: 4

Year 7

Focus: Relationships

Building new personal relationships with people and with nature. Experiencing safe journeys in nature and practicing effective communication skills

Activities: Mountain biking, surfing, beach games, Kiama Blowhole experience, snorkelling and rock pool swim

Location: Illawarra Region

Term: 1

Year 8

Focus: Teamwork

Working beyond comfort zones and learning new skills. Assessing risk and making judgements by practicing problem-solving skills. Developing teamwork and interdependence.

Activities: Kayaking, snorkelling, stand-up paddle boarding, Great North Walk, sailing and Indigenous Immersion session

Location: Cockatoo Island and Chowder Bay

Term: 4

Year 9

Focus: Resilience

Developing an adventurous spirit and increasing self-confidence. Increasing personal autonomy through adversity and challenge in the outdoor environment.

Activities: Coastal hiking, kayaking, snorkelling, surfing, and Indigenous Immersion experience

Location: Murramarang National Park, South Coast

Term: 4

Year 10

Focus: Leadership

Building independence and ownership. Providing opportunities to practice stewardship and initiative to work towards future leadership opportunities.

Activities: Snow sports, cross country skiing, snow camping, navigation and snowshoeing.

Location: Perisher, Kosciuszko National Park and surrounds

Term: 3

Year 11

Focus: Year 12 and Beyond

Activities: Study skills, orienteering, archery, kayaking

Location: Sydney Academy of Sport & Recreation, Narrabeen

Term: 1