Mr Mark Oates1, Mr Matt Eaton1
1The Hutchins School, Hobart, Australia
Are you keen to know what other schools are doing in terms of their risk management and trip planning documentation? Would you like to see real examples by other practitioners? Are you keen to be provided with a document that you can modify to suit your own organisation’s needs?
With almost 45 camps per annum Hutchins have recently moved to a more systems based checklist format to improve both student and staff safety but also efficiency. Staff will provide an overview of the School’s risk management system with a focus on our Risk and Activity Management Plan (RAMP) document that is a macro-enabled spreadsheet that offers pre-programmed drop down lists. We will also provide resources on how to modify the drop down lists so that others may create their own versions of our Hutchins RAMP document.
Whilst our system is certainly not the perfect answer to risk management we are keen to see greater sharing of documentation and discussion of ideas between schools in this critically important field. Hopefully the sharing of our documents will further the conversation around the strand of ‘Are You Ready’ and encourage others to provide their own examples in the future, particularly in regards to how schools are responding to the new Australian Adventure Activity Standards.
The Outdoor Education Team of eight teachers at The Hutchins School in Hobart run an extensive outdoor education program from Year 2 through to Year 12. The internally run program includes a large number of camps of up to two-weeks, the term based ‘Power of 9 Program’ and also many local half-day educational trips and activities. Mark Oates and Matt Eaton will be presenting on behalf of the team. Mark has been teaching outdoor education in schools since the 1990’s whilst Matt worked as a commercial bushwalking guide prior to teaching at Hutchins for the past seven years.