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

Early Learning to Year 12

Head of Outdoor Education - Edition 12 - 2021

Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Expeditions

The following expeditions are available during Terms 2, 3 and 4. Information packs can be collected from the OED office or follow the link for each trip.

Saturday 4 to Monday 6 September - Three-day introduction to Rockclimbing conducted in the Adelaide Hills and local indoor venues. Suitable for Bronze and Silver students.

Friday 24 to Tuesday 28 September - Four days of Rockclimbing at the world-famous Mt Arapiles in Victoria. Suitable for Bronze to Gold students with prior rock climbing experience. Alternative climbing in South Australia will occur if border restrictions remain in place.

Friday 24 to Tuesday 28 September - Four days of Bushwalking, possibly in the Grampians. Suitable for Bronze to Gold students. Alternative climbing in South Australia will occur if border restrictions remain in place.

Sunday 24 to Tuesday 26 October - Three days of Kayaking on Katarapko Creek between Berri and Loxton.

Wednesday 3 to Monday 15 December - New Zealand Multi-Activity Expedition. Full. There is a waitlist for available places. Dependant on Trans-Tasman Travel Bubble.

Year 8/9 Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Program

If students wish to join the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Program and participate in expeditions they need to register and set up an ORB (Online Record Book). Information and Links are below. Normally we would have over 60% of the year cohort involved in this exciting and rewarding program.

Information about the Award can be viewed here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dX09zAStCGg or follow this link to Duke of Ed information to register and set up Online Record Book (ORB).

Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Mountain Bike Trip

This expedition was conducted in the Adelaide Hills areas of Craigburn Farm trails, Kuipto Forest trails and O’Halloran Hill Bike Park. All venues had routes that included a mixture of fire access tracks, forest trails and single trails. The trip was designed to develop student’s mountain bike skills and increase their understanding of the biking opportunities available in the Adelaide Hills. We catered for all types of cycling experience, matching the participant’s ability to the group and the trails they rode.

Despite chilly and muddy conditions over 24 students excelled in the challenges of the bike trails and weather. Utilising Woodcutter’s Hut in Kuipto Forest made the trip much more feasible with the predicted weather.

Thanks to Rob McLean ('99), Jimmy Ashby ('16), Cam Watson ('20) and current mountain-bike wizard Thijs Jaarsma ('19) for instructing on the camp.

Gordon Begg
Head of Outdoor Education