The Outdoor Education programme encourages students to develop their social and leadership skills, build teamwork, develop self-reliance and resilience and challenge themselves physically and emotionally.
Studies suggest that by taking students on expedition, we not only teach them skills to recreate safely in the outdoors but also help their brains to grow, improving their ability to learn and remember. Outdoor Education activities provide ample opportunities for girls to experience novel events, places and stimuli – making a lasting impression on their lives.
Students have a number of Outdoor Education experiences available to them:
Year Programmes are compulsory for all girls in Years 6 to 10.
- Year 6 – First overnight camping experience (one night only), navigation and environmental activities during a four-day programme.
- Year 7 – Four days camping. Students cook meals on fuel stoves, further develop navigational skills, experience their first overnight hike plus mountain biking, environmental and team-building activities.
- Year 8 – Six-day programme based at Contos in the Margaret River region, where students enjoy their first abseiling and caving experiences, undertake a longer overnight hike, a full day flat water kayak journey, and actively participate in an aboriginal cultural session.
- Year 9 – Students are able to choose their five-day programme for the first time. Options include mountain biking, canoeing, bushwalking and caving expeditions.
- Year 10 - As part of their compulsory Quest programme, Year 10 girls can choose from up to four Outdoor Education programmes.
Co-curricular Outdoor Education options run on a term-by-term basis and are available to all girls in the Senior School. To view our extensive range of co-curricular activities, click here.
Duke of Edinburgh's Award
PLC students now have the opportunity to complete the internationally recognised Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Girls in Years 8 to 12 are able to work toward their bronze, silver or gold award, developing their leadership skills, improving their fitness, contributing to the community and experiencing an adventure along the way.
Students are able to personalise their own programme, completing four mandatory sections from the following choices:
- Physical Recreation – sport and fitness
- Skill – learn a new skill
- Volunteering – connect with community
- Adventurous Journey – a journey into an unfamiliar environment
- Residential Project (Gold Award only) – live and work in a place of need in Australia or overseas.