Outdoor Education

The King David School operates Outdoor Educational activities from Years 3-11. Outdoor education is an experiential learning in the outdoors that also encompasses skills and content from the formal studies of Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Jewish Studies. Students are given the opportunity to participate in a range of activities located in the outdoor environment. During their schooling, students will participate in activities from ropes courses, hiking, climbing, water based activities, use of tents and cooking in a bush setting. An important aspect of the School’s outdoor education philosophy is to encompass the Indigenous Australians view of the land and animals.

As well as promoting specific skills, the Outdoor Education activities are designed to challenge students on a personal and a group level. Students look at how to negotiate with others to achieve the best result, what is a safe level of risk, how to work best as an individual and as a team, how to lead others in challenging situations, and develop skills that they will be able to utilise throughout their lifetime.

In Year 3, students will focus on team and individual games in the outdoors, as well as specific skills in ropes courses and bush walking.

In Year 4, students will be pitching and sleeping in a tent overnight, starting some water based activities, and looking at Indigenous culture.

The Year 5 program is designed to challenge students by putting them into controlled situations of ropes and water based activities, and working together as a team to complete challenges.

The Year 6 program will be based on using previous skills in a mini expedition style environment. Students will need to work together, challenge each other and understand that teams that work well together succeed.

The Year 7 experience is designed to integrate the new cohort of students in an outdoor environment. Activities are based on team and friendship-building scenarios incorporating skills based on water, rope and cooking, as well as general physical challenges.

The Year 8 expedition concentrates upon students working in smaller groups as they navigate a course hiking, riding bikes and using canoes. Students will be challenged to complete each component and build inter-personal skills.

Inter School Sports

As the students progress through the School, they have the opportunity to compete in Inter-House Athletics and Swimming as well as team games. The School belongs to The Victorian Jewish Schools Sports Association (VJSSA), The Balaclava District Primary School Sports Association (BDPSSA) and also competes in a broad range of non-district competitions.

Sport is a very important part of adolescent development. It provides students with increased fitness, a focus on health, team skills and sportsmanship. Students in Year 6 compete in the Balaclava District competition, Students in Years 7 and 8 compete in the Eastern Independent Schools Melbourne competition. Our students compete with students from Bialik College, Oxley College, Huntingtower, Alphington Grammar School, Nunawading Christian College, Plenty Valley Christian College, Donvale Christian College, Lilydale Advantist Academy, Oakleigh Greek Orthodox College, Kingswood, Knox College, Billanock, Mt Scopus College, Emmaus College and Luther College. There is a wide range of sports offered each week as well as through various one day competitions. Beyond these regular competitions the school also competes in the Victorian Jewish Schools Sports Association. There is also a series of other competitions which are advertised from time to time to give students even further opportunities in this area