Find out more about Outdoor Learning programme and meet Dave Ogilvie, our Outdoor Learning Manager.
One of the highlights of their school careers takes place in S3 when boys and girls are whisked away for an eight day, unplugged adventure in the Scottish Highlands, known as Carbisdale. The pupils take part in a huge range of activities, including art, canoeing, environmental studies, orienteering, technology, mountain-biking, two-day expeditions, history, hillwalking and geography. They are challenged physically whilst also learning an enormous amount about themselves through individual initiative and working together to overcome challenges, all skills which are fundamental to success in their adult lives.
Benefits of our Outdoor Learning Programme
Our extensive outdoor learning programme starts from Nursery and helps children to:
- Appreciate and respect their natural environment
- Develop a sense of physical and mental wellbeing
- Expand their personal capacity for resilience, self-confidence and patience
- Develop personal and practical skills including problem solving, taking initiative and communication with peers
- Explore meaningful decision making, consequence and risk
- Respond proactively to challenges
- Build relationships and create a deep sense of belonging within the school community
- Develop leadership skills
- Master practical outdoor skills including hill and mountain walking, navigation and orienteering, camping, canoeing, biking, bushcraft and climbing
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