Camps and Excursions
Country WeekShane Joyce Country Week Coordinator
Indonesian Language ExcursionsLanguages education is vital for our students – it develops the mind, makes them linguistically and culturally aware, and supports the school value of being a global citizen. Students studying Indonesian language participate in a wide variety of interesting projects and excursions, such as ongoing communication with our sister school in Indonesia, Santa Laurensia; visits to Murdoch University for gamelan and angklung workshops. Wayang Kulit performances, traditional dance workshops, batik making and excursions to Indonesian restaurants in Perth and Indonesian cooking demonstrations are examples of the activities that students engage in as part of their language programme. Angela McCoy Languages Teacher & Sister School Exchange Program Coordinator
Outdoor EducationMRSHS takes advantage of its unique location in the heart of the South West, widely regarded as the outdoor pursuit centre of WA. The school makes full use of its environs incorporating roping pursuits, caving, canoeing, mountain biking, hiking, navigation and camp craft skills. Outdoor education courses are first offered in Year 9 with a comprehensive 20 week roping program. Students learn a wide range of roping skills including climbing, abseiling, prussiking, belaying, climbing rated knots, care of roping equipment and setting and using mechanical advantage pulley systems. All this culminates in class excursions to the Explorus high ropes course and Wilyabrup Sea Cliffs. No where else in the state are students offered a roping course of this calibre. In Year 10, students can participate in a 20 week canoeing and camp craft program. All canoeing instruction is carried out in the local Margaret River where students are given the opportunity to learn a wide range of canoeing strokes, recovery techniques and water safety. Because this course culminates with a two day camp on the Blackwood River students are instructed in various camp craft skills such as Trangia stove and camp fire cooking, tent erection and general camp site and personal management. Year 11 and 12 students have the opportunity to complete all or part of a Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation. The certificate covers both theory with respect to the outdoor recreation industry and practical experience in the entire gambit of outdoor pursuits the Margaret River region has to offer. Students completing this course take away a recognised qualification with a wide range of Units of Competency which are recognised and credited by tertiary campuses throughout Australia. Some students follow these courses from Year 9 to Year 12 developing many useful skills for their personal outdoor leisure time as adults, some even using it a platform to pursue a career in the outdoor industry.
Sydney Canberra TripThe Sydney-Canberra excursion runs each year or second year and takes up to 45 Year 10/11 students on a National Capital visit during term 4. With some financial assistance from the Federal PACER program this trip costs around $1400 and provides an affordable opportunity for our students to spend six days immersed in the political cultural sites of both Sydney and Canberra including such luminaries as Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as well as our Houses of Parliament, National Museums and Art Galleries and many social venues to cap off a fabulous trip. Martin Keen Coordinator Sydney-Canberra Excursion
Every year, our young, prospective Biologists undertake a series of exciting activities which supplement and reinforce course content that must be covered. Some of these activities form a mandatory part of the curriculum such as the fieldwork component. In year 11, students get to visit the Perth Zoo for a day during which they are exposed to a professional workshop targeting the topic of classification. Later in the year, students undergo a vigorous wetland study which takes place on the school farm. In doing so, students are required to construct maps of the area, use a compass, take measurements of numerous abiotic factors of the ecosystem and sample the existing biota, using various sampling techniques, for rigorous analysis back in the laboratory. In year 12, students undergo further studies of ecosystems and in doing so, we play the role of opportunists and utilise the amazing cave systems that our home town of Margaret River has to offer. Students participate in cave visits and are exposed to the complex and highly specialised science of Cave Speleology.