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Meet the Outdoor Education team

UWCSEA's specialist Outdoor Education team bring their passion for the outdoors to our students and make the learning possible on and off campus.

Meet the Outdoor Education team

UWCSEA’s Outdoor Education team supports the provision of our K-12 outdoor education curriculum, which is most visible through the expedition programme. A diverse group of highly qualified specialists, our team harness their exceptional skills and deep passion for the outdoors to support students both overseas and in Singapore. 

A rare model in international schools, UWCSEA’s full-time outdoor education team delivers a bespoke curriculum, working closely with their teaching faculty peers and a group of hand-picked external providers to deliver a bespoke curriculum. This encompasses a broad range of outdoor experiences that are intentionally embedded across all elements of our learning programme including academics, activities, personal and social education and service.

The model employed at UWCSEA enables our outdoor education specialists to deliver a level of care and commitment to students that is truly unique. Because they are able to build trust through the long-term, continuous relationships with students it means that they are then able to bring our students far further and more successfully on the 'challenge of choice' journey because they are building on previous relationships each time they ask our students to undertake a personally challenging activity. This level of trust-based activity is one of the reasons that our outdoor education programme is so successful.

Meet the team who make the learning possible, bringing their passion for the outdoors to our students and a strong mix of skills to the College:

Oliver Sampson, one of UWCSEA's specialist Outdoor Education team who brings  passion for the outdoors to our students and facilitates their learning on and off campus.

Oliver Sampson
Head of Outdoor Education, Dover Campus, joined 2009
I joined UWCSEA for the opportunity to develop personally and professionally. Our K-12 school environment means I am able to connect with students on a regular basis and foster their development through an extended programme over a number of years. The culmination of the programme in Project Week - the fact that this was what the College was aiming to support our students to do - was the hook for me.

Immediately prior to joining UWCSEA, I was as a Freelance Outdoor Instructor and Expedition Leader based in South Wales, UK, and before that, I worked for a charity in inner-city London that ran outdoor programmes for disaffected youth with the view to supporting them back into education. I studied a BSc Outdoors and Environmental Education at Liverpool John Moores University.

Chris Newman, one of UWCSEA's specialist Outdoor Education team who brings  passion for the outdoors to our students and facilitates their learning on and off campus.

Chris Newman
Head of Outdoor Education, East Campus, joined 2011
An adventurous spirit led me to become qualified to work with young and older students for the purpose of personal challenge, team building, skill acquisition and fun! From being a pool lifeguard and activity instructor Calshot Activities Centre in the UK I began travelling the world and held posts on the Isle of Wight, Barbados, Bintan Indonesia and in Nha Trang Vietnam before landing in Singapore. I transitioned to UWCSEA after running the after-school dinghy sailing and windsurfing activities through Mana Mana for three years.

Our focus is on progression and personal development for our students, based on the qualities and skills of the learner profile. The level of challenge we present in order to develop confidence and self-awareness in such a wide range of activities and situations is not something I have seen elsewhere.

Nathan Frye, one of UWCSEA's specialist Outdoor Education team who brings  passion for the outdoors to our students and facilitates their learning on and off campus.

Nathan Frye
Dover Campus, joined 2013
I've worked as an outdoor educator for over 15 years in summer camps, running center-based programmes and for third party providers around the world before landing in Singapore as freelance kayaking instructor for UWCSEA before joining the full-time staff. I choose to work as an Outdoor Educator with UWCSEA because I think our students have the potential to be create and influence positive change at both individual and large-scale levels at a pivotal point in human history. I love the idea of contributing in my own way to such a community and the individuals within it.

Outdoor education at UWCSEA is unique for so many reasons, but perhaps the greatest of them is the level of commitment to shared values at all levels. It's such a pleasurable community to be a part of, and my experience here has been overwhelmingly positive.

Dan Melbourne, one of UWCSEA's specialist Outdoor Education team who brings  passion for the outdoors to our students and facilitates their learning on and off campus.

Dan Melbourne
Dover Campus, joined 2015
I studied Outdoor Education at university, a choice inspired by completing my Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. I then worked at a White Water Kayak Centre, where I completed my Mountain Leader Summer Award, Single Pitch Climbing Award, UKCC Level 1 and 2 Paddlesport Coach and Level 3 White Water Kayak Coach award as well as a host of safety and rescue courses.

In 2013 I started freelancing for UWCSEA as a Grade 7 sea kayak instructor before accepting a full-time position. The opportunity to work with the same students for multiple years and watch how they develop and grow is is what sets UWCSEA apart. It is the only place I have worked that has a curriculum structured with deliberate outdoor experiences from K1 to Grade 11. Bespoke expeditions are created for UWCSEA, and while we work with external providers our trips are deliberately planned to help develop the qualities and skills of our learner profile.

Leanne Atlee, one of UWCSEA's specialist Outdoor Education team who brings  passion for the outdoors to our students and facilitates their learning on and off campus.

Leanne Atlee
Dover Campus, joined 2015
I started kayaking at the age of 10 and have not stopped exploring and seeking opportunities to be involved in outdoor pursuits. After finishing school I completed an Outdoor Education Degree in Liverpool, and gained qualifications in rock climbing, kayak coaching and mountain leading. I then worked in the field for three years in the UAE before coming to UWCSEA.

I chose UWCSEA for its unique approach to outdoor education. It is one of the only schools in the world to have a full time team delivering a programme that runs though the whole school. The ability to develop a long term rapport between students and staff is so valuable, particularly in the Middle School years - which is where we have such a focus on the UWCSEA-run bespoke programme of trips that provide students with so many opportunities to develop the skills and qualities of the learner profile. 

Emma Bartlett, one of UWCSEA's specialist Outdoor Education team who brings  passion for the outdoors to our students and facilitates their learning on and off campus.

Emma Bartlett
Dover Campus, joined 2016
I arrived at UWCSEA after working in schools in both urban and regional Victoria, Australia. I have a Degree in Outdoor Education and a Masters in Education from La Trobe University, and worked with NOLS in the USA as a backcountry ski instructor.

The size of our outdoor education team means that students receive a personalised programme that focuses on their personal, social and skill development while also linking to their academic programme. A key strength is that having an in house team of specialists gives our students the chance to develop personal relationships with us, which is helpful in building rapport and trust when challenging students in the unfamiliar environments and activities they encounter. Because we see the students regularly, we are able to monitor their development and can focus on providing a level of differentiation that is suitable for each individual.

Jordan Davies, one of UWCSEA's specialist Outdoor Education team who brings  passion for the outdoors to our students and facilitates their learning on and off campus.

Jordan Davies
East Campus, joined 2016
I turned my passion for being outside into a career after leaving college, working around the UK, Ireland, Austria and France as a white water kayak or raft guide and instructor. I also qualified as a rock climbing instructor, mountain leader, white water kayak coach, powerboat instructor, and rescue instructor in swift water.

I have a keen interest in the inherent risk in adventurous activities and how this can be managed if understood fully, and have completed a number of international safety and health awards. In 2008 I transitioned to technical rescue and gained my Rescue 3 international technical rescue instructor while working for Rescue 3 UK, and then assisted in technical rescues and recoveries for both the police and fire service in the UK. I have also worked with or trained students and youths at risk, adults, emergency services, military, government, charity rescue services and outdoor professionals in swift water and flood rescue.

Jack Copland, one of UWCSEA's specialist Outdoor Education team who brings  passion for the outdoors to our students and facilitates their learning on and off campus.

Jack Copland
East Campus, joined 2018
I've worked in outdoor education since 2007, starting in the Scottish Hebrides, and then in Oman, the UAE and Hong Kong before moving to the Northwest Outward Bound School in Washington and Oregon. I qualified in Rock Climbing and Mountaineering through the British Mountaineering Council and the American Mountain Guides Association, and hold British Canoe Union (BCU) Sea Kayaking skills training certificates and Wilderness First Responder first aid certification.

Working with students over their entire school career, in multiple capacities and environments is unique. It's not just the expeditions, but the continued opportunities within their everyday school life that give them insight into who they are. To me, the best stories are not about reaching summits or kayaking white water, they are about courage and leadership in moments that require it most.

Amy Tillotson, one of UWCSEA's specialist Outdoor Education team who brings  passion for the outdoors to our students and facilitates their learning on and off campus.

Amy Tillotson
East Campus, joined 2018
I come from an expeditionary background, leading trips of up to 30 days in remote and sometimes unforgiving wilderness. Before coming to UWCSEA I led courses for NOLS in regions such as Alaska, Mexico and the Rocky Mountains. I've also worked with the Sierra Club, Park Districts and in universities. My forte is in distance trekking and sea kayaking, which allows me to explore diversity in ecosystems around the world. Journeying fuels my creativity, curiosity, and sense of place. I have qualifications with British Canoeing, NOLS, Wilderness Medicine Institute and Cambridge University.

Before UWCSEA I worked part time as a sea kayaking instructor, which gave me insight into the school's curriculum and community. The core values, along with the mission and its impact on students, make me proud to be part of the UWCSEA team.

Seda Tunca, one of UWCSEA's specialist Outdoor Education team who brings  passion for the outdoors to our students and facilitates their learning on and off campus.

Seda Tunca
Dover Campus, joined 2018
I have worked as a guide and outdoor education instructor in different places around the world, including Patagonia in Chile, South Africa, Namibia, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Turkey. By having Outdoor Education as a part of the curriculum, the staff at UWCSEA are able to monitor the students' growth each year, and this consistency and continuity in providing the outdoor learning experience for students is one of the unique strengths of UWCSEA’s programme.

When I was teaching one of the Grade 7 students kayaking in Sibu this year, she told me that I taught kayaking to her brother in Sibu two years before, and that he picked up K1 kayak racing as a sport after that trip. This reminded me of real and lasting impact we have on students, which is so fulfilling for every teacher to hear! It is wonderful to help students find a grand passion - be it mountain biking or sea kayaking!

 

17 Apr 2019
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