Outdoor Education: Our Relationship with the Environment

The Aim

The aim of the Outdoor Education (OED) course is for students to develop an understanding of their relationship with the environment, others and themselves. The ultimate goal of the course is to contribute to a sustainable world. 

During this course, students plan and participate in a range of outdoor activities, while also developing knowledge and understanding to reduce their impact on the environment. 

Environmental Awareness

One of the units studied in this course is ‘Environmental Awareness. This unit looks at:

  • conservation and biodiversity,
  • the impacts of humans on natural environments,
  • strategies used to manage specific environments. 

Through this unit, the girls learn about the impact humans have on natural environments including:

  • climate change
  • loss of biodiversity
  • mining
  • salinisation
  • introduced species
  • pollution
  • phytophthora dieback.

Students learn ways in which they can reduce their impact on the environment by making small changes to day to day life.  

Water-Wise Session

Year 11 OED students attended a session with Megan Brown from the Water Corporation, this week. This session looked at water conservation and the role we play in helping our environment through being water-wise. The session focused on the rate of water consumption in WA, recycling of water, the effects of using too much water and what we can do as individuals to reduce our water consumption for a more sustainable future. The girls participated in an activity to guess where most of the water in their household was used. 

What A Term! So Many Opportunities – Jennifer Oaten

As I look back on the past nine weeks, I am so grateful for who we are as a community and what we have achieved. Through the dedication of our staff and the enthusiasm of our students, we have established new connections, immersed ourselves in opportunities and worked through challenges.

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