Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Program Expeditions for Years 9 to 12 students

The following expeditions are available during Terms 2, 3, and 4. Information packs can be collected from the OED office, on Inspire at Play@West, Outdoor Education, or follow the links below.

Saturday 2 to Monday 4 September​
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Three day introduction to Rockclimbing conducted in the Adelaide Hills and local indoor venues. Suitable for Bronze and Silver students.

Friday 29 September to Tuesday 3 October
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​Four days of Rockclimbing at the world famous Mt Arapiles in Victoria. Suitable for Bronze to Gold students with prior rockclimbing experience.

Friday 29 September to Tuesday 3 October
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Four days of Bushwalking on South Coast in Deep Creek NP along the Heysen Trail. Suitable for Bronze to Gold students. One position left.

​Friday 8 to Monday 18 December
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​10-day Multi-Activity Expedition in Tasmania. Three positions left.

Tasmania Expedition December 2017

We are conducting this biennial event for experienced students working on their Silver or Gold Award. The multi-activity expedition includes a four day walk in pristine mountain sub-alpine terrain, followed up with some rock-climbing and white-water kayaking. The trip has 21 places total, with three places still available.

Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Program Mountain Bike trip

The expedition was conducted in the Adelaide Hills areas of Craigburn Farm trails, Fox Creek trails, and Eagle Mountain 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.

Outdoor Education Subject Awards

Westminster School Year 12 Outdoor Education students from the Class of 2016 were recently awarded with Certificates of Merit for their results last year. Nine students were recognised by the Outdoor Education Association of South Australia at a recent presentation dinner, including three students who achieved 20/20. Congratulations to Georgia Brazier, Hailey Brown, and Emily Reed for perfect scores and James Ashby, Stan Feetham, Kaytie Hosking, Lachlan Ryan, and Madeline Young for excellence in Outdoor Education

Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Program

Over 60% (80 students) of Year 9s have taken up the challenge of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Program in 2017. So far, students have completed their practise expedition as part of the Year 9 camp, started to record their winter sport as their physical recreation section, have nominated a hobby/skill activity and are actively seeking community service activities. So engaged are the students that many (over 45) are completing the Mt Remarkable Bushwalk as their qualifying expedition this long weekend. Other opportunities are available in Term 3 from the list above.

All students have to record their activities on the new ORB (online registration book). Students do have the option to do a paper record but must create an ORB first.

Thanks to Julie Engelhardt and Rob McLean (’99) for their facilitation with the Year 9 program. Many of these students are aiming to finish their Bronze in 2017, and count Westventure in 2018 towards their Silver Award.

If students still wish to ‘sign-up’ they need to visit the OED office for details or email Mr Gordon Begg.

Year 12 Outdoor Self Reliant Expeditions

The three Year 12 classes have been busy completing their final expeditions for 2017. So far the classes have been rock-climbing at Mt Arapiles or scuba diving on the South Coast over the Easter break, Sea Kayaking along the south coast in June, and in small groups conducted skiing in Victoria, bushwalking in the Flinders, and mountain-biking in the Flinders over the month of July and August.

The expeditions are a prelude to their environmental investigations which are 2,000 words in length and worth 30% of their grade.

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Gordon Begg
Head of Outdoor Education