Insights from 30 years of experiential learning at Glengarry

Jeffrey Mann, Jeffrey Grundy, David Johnson,

The Scots College Sydney


Australian students tend to be least engaged in school around Year 9 , and for the last 30 years Glengarry has been running a six-month academic and outdoor program for boys at this critical developmental stage.

The style and emphases of the Glengarry program have been refined over the years, both within the outdoor component, and in the interaction of residential, academic and outdoor elements to create a holistic experience for students. The longer term nature of the program allows regular reflection and goal setting which, along with small group mentoring, fosters significant personal growth. Glengarry has been touched by tragedy in its history, and learning from these incidents have formed the current culture towards risk management and intentional risk education.

Recent research projects at Glengarry have identified some interesting findings in the areas of: life effectiveness gains and their durability over time, the effect of outdoor education on emotional intelligence and flourishing, and the key role of outdoor learning to develop ‘21st century competencies’ which are gaining prominence in mainstream educational priorities .

Willms, J. D. (2015). Student Engagement and Wellbeing in NSW. NSW Education & Communities, Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation: 8.
Lambert, P. (2017). Hard focus on “soft” skills, Future Frontiers Background Paper. NSW Department of Education.

About OEA and Outdoors NSW

Outdoor Education Australia (OEA)  was established in 2006 as a national network of outdoor education associations. The organisation facilitates communication between state and territory outdoor education associations about the practice and delivery of outdoor education; advocates for outdoor education across primary, secondary and tertiary education; and provides policy advice.

Outdoors NSW is the go-to place for all things outdoors in NSW.

The peak body for the outdoors in NSW, the organisation, (formerly known as ORIC), represents the outdoor community, advances outdoor standards, safety and practices, and fosters greater participation in the outdoors.

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