The Pymble outdoor education continuum is a life changing journey embedded in personal growth, connection to peers, life skills, service, rites of passage and environmental stewardship.

In Kindergarten and Year 1 programs will involve nature walking, campfire experiences, storytelling, bush art, team building activities and reflection time.

In Years 2 and 3 our girls experience their first overnight experience. Girls are involved in a regular program of environmental education and nature play across the Pymble and Vision Valley campuses.

In Years 4 and 5 girls experience a number of team building and unstructured play opportunities at Vision Valley. Additionally, a two-night adventure, with a focus on connections to peers, staff and nature, pushing comfort zones and developing expedition skills.

Our Year 6 girls are extended further, in preparation for their transition to Secondary School. A three-night adventure, including camping, builds cohesion as a group and self-belief and confidence as individuals.

As girls move into Secondary School the duration and diversity of outdoor programs extends and will include Action Learning Initiatives, Exploration and Expedition, Urban Challenges, Outdoor Leadership and Retreats.

The Pymble Outdoor Education programs are carefully designed to support girls in the following ways:

Courage

Supporting girls to step outside their comfort zones and build character to weather the storms of life

Wellbeing

Build connections with nature, peers and teachers and an opportunity to disconnect with technology and connect deeper with their sense of self.

Leadership

Providing girls with a diverse range of opportunities for leadership.

Mindfulness

Guiding girls to be present in their experience, having genuine downtime and being grateful for the moment and opportunities they receive.

Physical Fitness

The importance of physical fitness to support overall wellbeing and alleviate mental health issues. 

Extension Opportunities in the Pymble Outdoor Education program include The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the Australian Army Cadets.

A Vision for Experiential Outdoor Learning

All year groups will have opportunities to experience a range of formative Outdoor Education programs during their time at Pymble. You can read more about the important role our Outdoor Education campus plays in our vision for girls in this article written by our Director of Research and Development, Dr Sarah Loch, and our Director of Vision Valley, Mr Stuart Clark, published in AHISA’s Independence magazine.