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Bringing teaching to nature's classroom 

Every year, hundreds of our students from Years 7 to 12 take part in our School’s Outdoor Education Program, learning leadership, resilience, teamwork and self-discovery. We also have the largest program for the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in South Australia. Approximately 300 of our students sign up each year, around ten of whom regularly achieve the prestigious Gold Award.

The Outdoor Education Program was established over 30 years ago and develops self-reliant expedition skills through activities ranging from scuba diving and bushwalking to rock-climbing, sea kayaking and cross-country skiing. These adventurous activities instil a healthy awareness and understanding of risk, and how to approach situations sensibly. Participants also grow an affinity for the outdoors and a deep appreciation for the need to develop and implement sustainable management practices to improve our ecological footprint.

We offer SACE Stage 1 and 2 Outdoor Education as an elective subject, undertaken in Year 10, 11 or 12. Additionally, students can pursue its VET pathway, undertaking a Certificate II or III qualification through our training program. We also offer an annual traineeship to one school leaver who has included the subject as part of their Year 12 studies.

Bringing students face to face with their potential

Learn more about our Outdoor Education program extension experiences.

I began Stage 1 Outdoor Education in Year 10 as I thought it would broaden my perspective on pushing myself into different places I would never have gone before. I've learned so much about myself and the environment around me. From kayaking in the Katarapko Creek to circumnavigating Wardang Island conquering challenging obstacles, every moment has been a chance to grow and push my limits. Not to mention, the friendships I've made along the way are priceless. Outdoor Education at Westminster has truly shaped me into a more confident, resilient, and nature-loving person. I'm so grateful for the opportunities it has given me.

Angus Stewart, 2024 School Captain


Set over 4.5 hectares, Sturt Grove Farm has been an integral feature of Westminster life and the campus since 1972.