Carinya has pursued the development of an excursion and outdoor education program because it offers so much to our students that extends and complements the curriculum of the classroom. The commitment of the school to the development of the whole person makes the excursion program an invaluable part of the total school curriculum and not just “icing on the cake”.
Carinya's Excursion Program has 3 main benefits:
1. Educational Opportunities
Excursion experiences are usually enriching in themselves, but they can also engender subsequent, follow-up activities in the classroom and even help students reflect on their classroom experience in new and refreshing ways.
A new learning environment always stimulates children to think more broadly and the expertise of other teachers or specialist guides can impact powerfully on students, sometimes in a remarkable way.
2. Social Interaction
It is obvious to those who staff the excursion program that the intense nature of the experiences significantly enhances the development of self-confidence, initiative, co-operation, determination and organisational skills of most of the students.
personal and social growth
new challenges and learn to cope with change
the development of decision making and communication skills
responsibility for the welfare of others
the demands of service developing
new relationships with peers and teachers in a different environment
3. Gospel Challenges
During every excursion Bible studies are presented on a daily basis, focussing on the “good news” about Jesus and challenging students with the truth of God's Word.
Year 5 - Lake Keepit SRC
Year 6 - Echidna Gully, Armidale
Year 7 - Camp Elim, Forster
Year 8 - Scotts Head
Year 9 - Blue Mountains
Year 10 - Sydney
Year 11 - Canberra and Mt Blue Cow
EXCURSION Program: Years 5-10
Each year students from Years 5 to 11 enjoy class excursions during Term 1. These excursions are held early in the year to maximise relationships and help prepare students for the year ahead. Class excursions are compulsory for all students and are included within the Annual Tuition Fee.
The Outdoors: Years 9-10
Carinya Tamworth offers elective courses in Years 9 to 10 which provide students with a wonderful experience of the outdoors including the challenges of bushwalking, kayaking, caving, canyoning and rock climbing.