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Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

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Field of Mars Reserve, Pittwater Road, East Ryde

Wallumedegal Country

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Bus access Supply bus driver with Field of Mars Reserve bus information

No bus entry into Field of Mars Reserve.

DoE $24 per student - GST free

Non-gov school $34 per student - GST free, minimum charge $700

Term 1 - Catholic school Weeks 3 to 7 cost = DoE cost - GST free, minimum charge $700

Risk assessment Risk management plan 

COVID-19 safety plan
Tracks View the YouTube track overview videos.

Buffalo Creek Track

Doyle and Warada loop track

Participants will be bushwalking during the day in rugged terrain.

Limited wheelchair accessibility.

This excursion may not be suitable for people who have recently been unwell.

Bring Backpack, medication, low-waste food, water bottle, sunblock, raincoat, hat, sturdy shoes.

Students wear reusable name tag and sports uniform.
View Preparing for an excursion
Bin access All student waste to be taken home by students.
Parent/carer helpers Not required. If parents attend please ensure they wear closed shoes.

Medical or special needs

Notify Field of Mars staff prior to excursion. 

Students, staff and visitors must not attend if unwell, even with mild symptoms. 

Extreme or wet weather Days predicted to be above 35ºC, high winds, extreme bush fire danger and dust storms may result in the excursion being modified, postponed or cancelled.

Cancellations with less than four school weeks' notice will incur a $500 administration fee. This does not apply to cancellations due to weather or fire danger.

Suggested timetable for up to four classes


Classes A, B, C, D

9.45 - 10.00 Recess and toilets
10.00 - 10:15 Introduction
10:15 - 10:45 Skills sessions and equipment handout
10:45 - 12.00 Challenge course
12:00 - 12:25 Lunch and toilets
12:25 - 12:55 Walk to nature play area, predator-prey explanation
12:55 - 2:00 Predator-prey game
2:00 - 2:15 Pack up and depart

Learning activities

Team challenge course

Working as a team of four, students will undertake a range of outdoor challenges aimed at team building, testing problem solving, map reading and leadership skills. 

Predator-prey game

The day will culminate in a large outdoor game in which students take on roles and test their ability to survive in a predator-prey scenario.


Syllabus outcomes and content

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education K-10 syllabus (2018)


A student:

  • demonstrates a range of interpersonal skills that build and enhance relationships and promote inclusion in various situations PD2-10 



  • explore how success, challenge and overcoming adversity strengthens identity, for example: (ACPPS033)
    • explain how persistence and meeting challenges strengthens identity
    • propose ways to respond positively to challenge and overcoming adversity, eg positive self-talk, optimistic thinking and help-seeking behaviours, appropriate expression of feelings
    • explore how overcoming a challenge or adversity can unite a group of diverse people
  • make positive contributions to group activities, for example:
    • make contributions to group discussion following agreed rules 
    • demonstrate assertive responses and disagree in appropriate ways
    • work in a group to achieve a set task or goal

Other syllabus links

Learning experiences will also support but not explicitly teach the following:

Learning across the curriculum

Critical and creative thinking

Students are provided with opportunities to think critically about the qualities and attributes that build resilience and enhance and maintain caring and respectful relationships. 

Personal and social capability 

Through opportunities to work collaboratively, students develop their personal and social skills and an appreciation for the different insights and perspectives of their peers and community.  

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education K-10 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2018