Northholm aims to develop young people who are resilient, who make good decisions, who accept responsibility for their actions and decisions and who demonstrate a high degree of competence in the outdoors. This is achieved through the outdoor education program from Years Seven to Ten and in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme from Year Eight to Year Twelve.
Students in Year Seven are introduced to the program through a three day camp in their third week of school in Term One. The main aim of this camp is to help students build new friendships. Students have the opportunity to enjoy a range of physical activities designed to build self esteem and to foster cooperation and team work. The balanced program also includes a spiritual element.
As part of the outdoor education component in sport, Year Seven students also take part in an overnight hiking/canoeing expedition. Students involved in this outdoor experience learn about the skills, campcraft and equipment required in this situation.
In Year Eight, students participate in a three day outdoor education experience. This program builds on skills learned in Year Seven and promotes greater interaction between different social groups by challenging students to move out of their comfort zones.
In recent years Year Nine students have participated in an Inner City Experience to broaden their understanding of city life. Students develop a range of skills to help them navigate the urban environment.
Year Ten students participate in a leadership camp. This camp expands on earlier experiences and broadens their understanding of the roles and responsibilities of Senior School Leaders through team building activities.