Year 7 students are taking part in a great outdoor adventure at Stringybark Lodge, Gembrook alongside teachers and outdoor experts. The objective of the Year 7 Outdoor Education Program titled, “Teamwork, Problem Solving and Compassion" is to integrate the newly formed Year 7 cohort into a team orientated group that understands what it means to be compassionate to self, others and nature.
This is fostered through team building, initiatives and challenging outdoor activities where problem-solving skills are taught. Outdoor skills that form the basis of future outdoor education programs are also introduced through this program.
Students have been taking part in many new and exciting activities such as abseiling, the flying fox, navigation and orienteering, team challenges /problem-solving activities, lightweight camping in tents, hiking, a one hour solo experience, cooking on lightweight camping stoves, low ropes course activities, caving, mountain biking, flat-water canoeing and an indigenous learning session.
The Outdoor Education Program at Ivanhoe is an integral part of students learning and really fosters friendships and enhances students' problem solving and leadership skills.
The Camp at Gembrook is run over two weeks at the end of February.