Outdoor education

OUTDOOR EDUCATION DURING ONLINE EDUCATION PERIOD

 

The Outdoor Education programme at Markham continues this year in the form of Virtual Sleepovers for each year group. One of the advantages of the online format is the inclusion of guest speakers from all around the world, including Canada, Latvia and Australia.

 

This year we wanted to redefine what people see as an “adventure”. In a way, the lockdown has helped us achieve this goal. The biggest challenge has been adapting our leadership skills into a virtual form. Most of us had already led in trips and were used to the in-person experience, so the virtual format has forced us out of our ‘comfort zone’ and we have therefore improved as leaders, and as people.

 

 - Xavier Luna, Adventure Council Captain

The Outdoor Education Programme makes full use of the amazing natural diversity Peru has to offer. 

 

Markham College has a comprehensive Outdoor Education Programme with yearly camps for pupils ages 9 to 16. These camps are situated in or close to the Coast, the Andes Mountains, National Parks and the Amazon jungle.

 

Skills

Senior students also benefit from the experience gained by helping and assisting others. The programme also provides a good opportunity outside of the school for younger pupils to work more closely with the senior students.

 

Some of the important life skills pupils develop at these camps:

  • leadership
  • teamwork
  • initiative
  • an appreciation of the Peruvian culture and environment

 

Complementary experiences

Alongside the Outdoor Education Programme, students may choose to be involved in the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, in which students from 14 years and older continue to use and build upon the valuable skills they have been taught.