The Outdoor Education program at Matthew Flinders Anglican College aims for all students to experience the challenge of adventurous activities in a natural bush setting under the supervision of professionally trained staff.
The level of challenge is progressive, extending across all levels of the College from Senior Primary to Year 10.
The program is designed to develop the following:
Respect: For oneself, for others and for the environment
Responsibility: For self and for others, particularly with regard to safety
Decision-making: Through problem-solving and initiative games
Leadership: By developing and demonstrating the skills of leadership
Resilience: By learning to overcome challenges, persevere to the end and improve emotional strength
Self-Reliance: By learning that each person can draw upon their own abilities to complete tasks
Students participate in activities designed to help them achieve these objectives, including:
- Camp craft
- Mountain biking
- Ropes courses
- Initiative games and team building
The outdoor activities challenge our young people at a personal level, and encourage the development of teamwork, responsibility and leadership.
Often the benefits of these outdoor experiences are not fully appreciated until years after the event, but our teachers and parents recognise significant growth in students’ confidence, self-esteem and co-operation through our Camps Program. Camps for Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 are held in Term 3.
At Matthew Flinders Anglican College we have two qualified career counsellors to help students and parents through the important process of career planning.
Our Career Development Program includes class sessions commencing at Year 9. Individual and small group counselling is available throughout the year. Assistance is commonly provided for subject selections, post-school pathway decisions and tertiary applications. Our career advisors also deal with work experience and school-based traineeships. An extensive range of careers and tertiary pathway information is available from the Careers office.