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Cert II Outdoor Recreation

April 23, 2019 | Category =
WC Howe

We are very excited to announce that South Regional TAFE is now offering a Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation in Albany. The course is running from SRTAFE – Albany Campus in terms 2 and 3 (8 May – 27 Sept) on Weds, Thurs and Fridays.
The course includes a focus on canoeing, climbing over natural surfaces, and adventure bushwalking.
The environments we will use include
• navigation in state parks,
• Bibbulmun track and local walking trails,
• Denmark and Albany climbing surfaces,
• Albany, Kalgan and Quaranup rivers and water bays,
• and other locations.

This course has a focus on getting outdoors, participating in activities and demonstrating skills in the natural environment. To find out more, visit southregionaltafe.wa.edu.au or phone the campus on 9892 8888.

WA education under threat with school campsites to close

December 18, 2017 | Category =
School camps to close

GSCORE is concerned that the WA state government’s decision to close six Department of Education school camps will negatively impact on outdoor learning opportunities for WA kids. Although these school camps are not in the Great Southern region, the closure of the camps has wide ranging implications for the outdoor education sector in our region.

In her media release announcing the closures, Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery claimed that “these [the six school camps] are not the core business of education”. Her statement flies in the face of decades of research which shows that outdoor education plays a crucial role in mental and physical well-being AND academic performance. Reconnecting young people with the natural environment also helps them to develop self-esteem and resilience, and cooperation and leadership skills. In our view, outdoor education IS “the core business of education”.

We need to get more kids outdoors more often, and the school curriculum needs to be fully integrated with outdoor activities.

Outdoors WA media release.

Minster Ellery’s press release

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