Well planned excursions are recognized as a means of complementing and enriching the learning that takes place in the classroom. Excursions stimulate children’s interest and provide access to resources and experiences that are not available in the classroom. Excursions can provide the opportunity for the development of social skills where students are part of a group operating in a non-school environment.
It is recognized that students will benefit most from excursions when their teachers have thoroughly prepared pre-excursion and post-excursion activities that serve to integrate the learnings gained in the out-of-school experience into the overall learning objectives of the course/unit/subject.
The college sees camps, tours and overnight excursions as valuable aspects of the learning process providing students with the opportunity to:
- acquire a wider experience of the world than can be obtained in the normal classroom situation;
- reinforce in an authentic environment studies already undertaken in the classroom;
- develop positive attitudes towards school, fellow-students and teachers;
- develop attitudes of respect, tolerance and co-operation in a group situation where needs, goals and tasks of a different nature to those encountered at home or at school are experienced;
- develop particular skills associated with outdoor living and recreation which may include: first aid, bushcraft, camping, cooking;
- develop and display initiative, responsibility and organisational skills associated with camp programs and activities.