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Make lasting memories at school camps in Great Southern

July 18, 2019 | Category =

Schools across Western Australia are being encouraged to create life-long memories by experiencing the huge range of exciting school camp activities in the Great Southern, thanks to a new initiative.

Great Southern Learning Adventures is a network of businesses, not-for-profit organisations and community groups that provide learning experiences for school camps and excursions in the region.

Thanks to the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund the group has received $20,000 to spread the word to encourage more schools to visit the region.

The funding will assist Great Southern Learning Adventures promote the natural, cultural and heritage assets of the Great Southern region to schools and youth groups.

The group’s website – www.greatsouthernlearningadventures.com.au – allows teachers and parents to plan a memorable and fun itinerary that satisfies curriculum requirements ranging from English and HASS to science, health and physical activity.

“School camps can be one of a child’s greatest memories and we want those memories to happen here, in the Great Southern,” says Rick Wilson, Federal Member for O’Connor. “School camp adventures are shared with friends and family, creating significant interest in future visits to the region and that’s great news for our tourism industry, retailers and the wider community.”

“School camp visits also inject money directly into the local economy and that has positive flow-on effects to the community.”

Great Southern Learning Adventures are supported by the Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreational Excellence (GSCORE).

GSCORE Executive Director Dr Lenore Lyons says: “GSCORE is proud to be working on a project like this because it’s a chance to promote the wonders of the Great Southern.

“This region is a unique and very special part of the world which is bursting with activities. I think young students will really enjoy what the region showcases on camp, whether it’s a visit to the award-winning National ANZAC Centre or challenging themselves on a trail.”

Outdoor recreation-based school camps teach children various skills including teamwork, leadership, social skills, independence, personal challenges and encouraging an active lifestyle.

“Being able to marry those vital life skills with curriculum demands allows children to be challenged mentally and physically while literally learning their lessons and having a good time.”

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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