Outdoor Education Beyond the Classroom

St Rita’s College hosts an Outdoor Education Program for Years 7 to 10.

St Rita’s commitment to Outdoor Education is carefully calibrated to give students the opportunity to participate in team activities that develop and enhance resilience and collaboration, alongside their organisational and leadership abilities.  Working in partnership with two of the most respected Queensland-based providers of Outdoor Education, a sequential approach has been constructed to reference seminal points of Australia’s national narrative – the uniqueness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and the ANZAC story.  

Facilitated by professional outdoor learning instructors the program purposefully engages our students in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, clarify values and develop people's capacity to contribute to their communities, reinforcing that lessons are not necessarily all learnt in a classroom.

Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10

Year 7

The focus of the Year 7 camp and activities is community building and reciprocity. Students attend the Rainforest Campus of QCCC Mapleton, close to one of the traditional venues of the Bunya Festival, the largest gathering of Aboriginal people prior to colonisation.  Incorporating a range of outdoor education and cultural awareness activities at Mapleton’s Triballink Aboriginal Activity Centre, the girls spend one night in residential accommodation and experience a one-night introduction to camping. The aim of the camp is to build relational proximity between peers and teachers, have fun together and build personal and social capability through beginner level activities such as the flying fox, canoeing, bushwalking and abseiling.

Year 8

To build on the camping exposure from the previous year, our Year 8 camp shifts to QCCC Tamborine for a two-night campout experience at their mountain top property which enjoys views over Brisbane and Moreton Bay. With an emphasis on self-confidence, resilience and the value of supportive relationships, the girls spend both nights camping in tents where the activities are focussed on critical and creative thinking. Activities include Jacob’s Ladder, MTB skills, the stranded Survivor Challenge and a Bush Master Chef activity where the girls apply bush camping skills to cater for themselves one night. 

Year 9

In Year 9 the girls enjoy cabin accommodation while participating in Emu Gully’s Challenge program. The focus is on experiencing and demonstrating the core character values of courage, mateship, sacrifice and perseverance. The activities in The Challenge program are sequenced to maximise the learning outcomes and include the Western Front, Siege of Tobruk, Bridge over the River Kwai, Tunnel Rats of Vietnam, Hellfire Pass, the Kokoda Track and a night walk. The focus of this camp is team building, overcoming obstacles, enhancing communication skills and developing leadership capacity.

Year 10

In Year 10 the girls return to Emu Gully and tents, preparing their own meals sourced from ration packs. The activities are based on a wide range of military campaigns from World War 1 through to current conflicts. The Battle of the Nek night activity is an engaging experience that delivers profound learning moments. The girls delve into history, gaining real skills and knowledge to apply to life now. Each activity is delivered independently and is designed to focus on a specific element of teamwork, communication, leadership and character.