A Uniting Church coeducational independent day and boarding school in Adelaide,
South Australia

Early Learning to Year 12

Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my Outdoor Education mark be scaled?

A / A+ are scaled minimally (0.2 - 0.4) and this is where most of our students finish up.

B grade and lower may be scaled slightly (0.5 – 1), but generally, students in this grade band would not have been able to achieve this highly in other subject areas.

How many school days will I miss if I study Outdoor Education (OED)?

Trips are planned to minimise time away from school and lessons. We plan our trips to utilise public holidays, the last day of school terms and holiday time. Of the 9 required days in the field, students will miss a total of 3 school days. Other subject teachers at Westminster are accommodating of Year 12 OED students and are familiar with working around the few days where students are absent. Following trips where students have missed a school day, OED classes are assigned to catching up work from other subjects.

I really don’t like climbing. Will I have to do the Climbing trip to Mt Arapiles?

Whilst we encourage students to complete the assigned Year 12 OED trips, students have the option to complete alternative trips to suit their interests and strengths. Students may elect to Bushwalk at Innes National Park or Scuba Dive on the Fleurieu Peninsula should they not want to climb.

I really don’t like kayaking. Will I have to do the Sea Kayaking trip?

Whilst we encourage students to complete the assigned Year 12 OED trips, students have the option to complete alternative trips to suit their interests and strengths. Students may elect to Bushwalk at Mt Remarkable National Park or Kayak on the Murray River should they not wish to complete the Sea Kayaking Trip.

I am concerned that we have a family wedding/family holiday during the middle of the year holidays. Will this impact OED?

Whilst we encourage students to complete the assigned Self-Reliant trip in the middle of the year holidays, students have the option to complete alternative trips to suit their circumstance, interests and strengths. Students may negotiate to complete another trip from the OED calendar.

Can Year 11 and 12 contribute to the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award?

Yes. Given that the majority of trip time is outside of normal school hours students can count trips toward the Adventurous Journey component of the award.