Outdoor Education and School Camps at Larrakeyah Primary
As we say goodbye to the Wet for another year and welcome in the cooler temperatures of the Dry Season, we look forward to the school camps taking place this Term for Years 3 through 6.
As strong as our academic programs are, we also place great emphasis on providing direct experiences that provide students with valuable opportunities to develop their personal and social qualities.
Practical and Active Learning Experiences
In extending learning beyond the classroom, our goal is to help students develop positive relationships between themselves and the natural environment. In line with the Australian Curriculum, we deliver experiences that:
- Develop self-reliance, resilience and resourcefulness
- Create positive, and lifelong, health habits
- Provide an understanding of the natural world and our place in it
- Develop an appreciation for the natural world, conservation and sustainability
- Promote teamwork, respect for others and leadership skills
In addition to our regular Physical and Health Education subjects, we run annual camps for Years 3, 4, 5, and 6 to give students the opportunity to expand their learning, skills, and relationships through adventures in different environments.
This year, our school camps are:
Year 3: Territory Wildlife Park
Students will spend a night at Camp Wollybutt, within the Wildlife Park, and will explore the park – observing native animals in their natural habitats – through bush walks, craft activities and team building games.
Year 4: Batchelor Outdoor Education Centre
Students will spend 2 nights at the Centre and participate in the wide variety of activities offered, including rock climbing, swimming, raft building, archery, orienteering and cooking.
Year 5 & 6: Litchfield National Park
Students will spend 3 nights at the Environmental Education Campground within Litchfield National Park. In addition to exploring the natural waterfalls and rockholes, students will participate in bush walks and crafts, and swimming.
Commitment to safety
Helping students develop their adventurous spirit in natural environments presents different safety concerns. We take our duty of care very seriously and ensure that appropriate numbers of staff, with relevant training, are present at all times.
Parents helping out
With our teachers and staff running and monitoring activities, it’s imperative that a few parents lend a helping hand on school camps. Parent volunteers help us manage the extra tasks a camp requires, such as meal preparation, setting up tents and organising the grounds.
Most camps require 2 - 5 volunteers, without whom the camp would not be possible. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the parents that help our school put on amazing camps for their children.