Adventurous experiences outdoors kindle the enthusiasm of the young to develop their concern for others, their community & the environment. Such occasions provide the means of self-discovery, self-expression & enjoyment, which are at once both stimulating and fulfilling.
“It thus emerges that, for young people and adults alike, outdoor adventure is perceived as a vehicle for building values and ideals, for developing creativity and enterprise, for enhancing a sense of citizenship, and for widening physical and spiritual horizons.” - Lord Hunt of Llanfair Waterdine, KC, CBE, DSO.
As a co-educational private school, our outdoor activities are a unique component of our educational philosophy. Various mental and physical challenges allow our pupils to broaden their experience and promote resourcefulness, teamwork and leadership through experiential learning. At Woodridge College, we strive to maintain and expand upon this excellent programme of Outdoor Education (OE) and adventure sport offered at Woodridge Preparatory School.
The outdoor education programme exposes pupils to various activities. Nurturing and appreciating nature helps them overcome personal fears, and develop self-discipline, responsibility and leadership qualities in a healthy environment.
During their time at Woodridge College, pupils will gain experience in most of the following:
- Survival skills
- Orienteering and pacing
- Initiative tests
- Rock and wall climbing
- Navigating a challenging course
- Mountain biking
- Adventure racing
- Trail running
As with all life lessons, much will depend on attitude. With so many activities on offer, the onus lies on the individual to volunteer and become involved. As the College academic, sports and cultural programmes are full and demanding, many OE activities are offered voluntarily to allow pupils to choose those which suit their interests, ability and time constraints.