College offers a wealth of outdoor educational experiences. We aim to
enhance and enrich students' classroom experiences with cross
curricular teaching and opportunities for learning outside of the
classroom. Our philosophy applies to expeditions, residential trips,
community programmes and after school activities.
who inspired the establishment of the UWC movement, believed that
education should have the effect of drawing from students a greater
range of skills and talents than they knew they possessed. Kurt Hahn's
motto was "Plus est en vous", "There is more in you than you think".
This is one of the foundations of adventure based learning.
Grade 6 and Grade 7 students go on expeditions to Pulau Tioman in
Malaysia, while Grade 8 students spend two weeks in Chiang Mai,
Thailand. These challenging and fun expeditions provide invaluable
learning experiences, and elements from these trips are drawn into the
classroom across the academic curriculum. All students are expected to
participate each year.
All are well within the capabilities of
the students, though they may discover that they are taken "out of
their comfort zones." Each adventure requires a level of commitment
from the student and offers them the chance to succeed in a novel
setting. Students not only enjoy these trips, but are often surprised
to find that they possess the determination, adaptability and sense of
teamwork to rise to the challenges presented.
College also offers opportunities to participate in optional
expeditions during school holidays. Recent holiday trips have included
a trek for families in Nepal, rafting in Nepal, an adventure week in
New Zealand, a survivor expedition to Australia, a cultural trip to
China, housebuilding in Cambodia and a trip to South Africa and
Waterford UWC in Swaziland. Several of these optional trips support
elements of the school curriculum, such as the History house-building
trip to Cambodia.
We operate a policy of
"Challenge Of Choice". This principle refers to the participant's
responsibility to choose his or her level of risk-taking in the
learning experience. It is based on the belief that significant
learning occurs when one pushes oneself out of a known "comfort zone,"
while at the same time recognizing that each person's experience will
This encourages respect for one another, the
skill of making one's own choices free of peer-group pressure and
promotes an experience where everyone contributes to each other's
choices and self esteem development.
Safety and working relationships
department uses "best preferred practice" collated from experts around
the world. This enables us to make appropriately informed management
decisions as we develop the college outdoor education programme.
enjoy good relationships with third party activity operators who have
met our preferred provider status. Our annual Outdoor Education
Conferences and technical advisor visits provide the latest training