Outdoor Education at Brisbane Boys’ College tasks each boy with the time to address several key learning areas pertinent to a balanced approach to life. These programs are offered progressively and encourage a values-led approach to daily life decisions. The following five values remain our core focus across the BBC Outdoor Education program:
- Self discipline
- Positive relationships
- Community mindedness
Whist the program is fundamentally a Pastoral Care program of the College, the experiences incorporate cross-curriculum real-world examples of content covered in the classroom. These areas include critical and creative thinking, ethical understanding, Indigenous perspectives of land and country, and sustainability.
Junior School programs are run concurrently in Term 1 and this time is dedicated to taking students off campus to explore the natural world where learning comes alive, interpersonal relationships are developed and boys begin to practice independence.
See Life/Sea Life, Alexandra Headlands
A night away from home – students and staff take to the Sunshine Coast to explore Sea Life and the surrounding beaches to understand nature through direct experience, fostering deeper human/nature relationships. This program offers a unique chance to experience typical camp dorm living conditions, making a bed, looking after belongings, working with others and extends to helping in cleaning after meals.
Explore, Sunshine Coast Hinterland
The program for our Year 5 boys extends to three days, two nights and introduces adventure based learning through nature based activities. Boys are encouraged to explore a range of recreation activities, practice basic camp craft and explore the natural world, by camping out under the stars.
Get Out There, Tyalgum Ridge
This is an introduction to bushwalking, camping in tents and cooking. The boys work together to practice self-reliance through basic outdoor living and travel skills whilst contributing to the team. Other activities include BMX riding, low and high ropes, flying fox, raft building, orienteering and archery.
Middle and Senior School
Outdoor education in the Middle and Senior Schools is instrumental in the teaching and practice of authentic connections, interdependence and leadership. Boys are encouraged to awaken their adventurous spirit, to actively manage personal risks and to reflect. We encourage our boys to seek value in lifelong participation in outdoor activities for their enjoyment, health and wellbeing.
Orient and Connect Retreat, Somerset Region
The first day of high school represents a monumental milestone in a boy’s life. It marks the start of a period of great growth and increased independence, a time when a boy’s character begins to take shape and show prominence.
The College has dedicated the very first week of Term 1 to immerse the boys in the values and traditions of Brisbane Boys’ College. The program offers a unique retreat experience located in the Somerset Region, with the entire Year 7 cohort supported by a range of key staff. Students will be accommodated one night in cabins and one night in tents. Surrounded by 1000 acres of bush and 3km of water frontage, your son’s Middle School adventure starts here.
Interdependence, Somerset Region
Students in Year 8 experience a week exploring the Somerset region deeper than the previous year. This program marks the beginning of a boy’s self-propelled journey of organisation where he travels in groups, cooks and takes on challenges as the “week without walls” rolls on. This program enables boys to practice new found skills of packing and cooking. College staff accompany the boys assisting them in the process yet ensuring they are interdependent throughout the week so they can transfer the newly learned skills to school and home life.
Building Capacity, Upper Tweed River
This program is an expedition based multi pursuit journey in the areas on Mount Warning and the surrounding volcanic cauldron. Boys are exposed to a range of challenges from sunrise hikes to undulating bike rides. As the boys utilise reflective processes, unique learning opportunities arise for them to recognise personal growth and collective success. The journey affords some the sense of self-reliance and adventure driving the adolescents to use their initiative, resourcefulness and the group’s diverse set of skills and attributes.
Journeying, Upper Clarence River
Students in Year 10 travel to the remote area of the Upper Clarence River. Time is set aside at the end of a busy year, where students trade technology and heavily scheduled academic and co-curricular timetables for the culminating expedition of their compulsory Outdoor Education Programs. The young men are challenged during their five days in the field, planning and participating in a program that is designed to prepare them for their next two years of schooling.