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Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

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Challenge + program

Teacher checklist


Field of Mars Reserve, 220 Pittwater Road, East Ryde.

Google maps - Apple maps

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

No bus entry into Field of Mars Reserve.

DoE $22 per student - GST free.

Non-gov school cost $32 per student - GST free. Non-gov min charge $600

Risk assessment Risk management plan 

COVID-19 safety plan
Welfare Students will be outdoors most of the day, walking along rugged terrain. Some students may get wet during activities. Students can opt out of splash area.

This excursion may not be suitable for people who have been recently unwell.
Bring Backpack, medication, low-waste food, water bottle, sunblock, raincoat, hat, sturdy shoes.

Students wear reusable name tag and sports uniform.
Watch Preparing for an excursion.
Bin access All student waste to be taken home by students.
Parent/carer helpers Not required. If you invite parents please ensure they wear closed shoes. No siblings.

Check covid restrictions.
Medical or special needs

Notify EEC staff prior to excursion. 

Sick students or adults to stay at home.

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

Suggested timetable

This sugested timetable supports up to six classes. Exact times may vary.



9.45 - 1.00


Recess and toilets

10.00 - 11.00

Activity One eg. photo orienteering

11.00 - 12.00

Activity Two eg. challenge bushwalk

12.00 - 12:30

Lunch and toilets

12.30 -1.30

Activity Three eg. fort building

1.30-2.00 Whole group game
2.15 Depart

Challenge + program

Students will be involved in a range of outdoor, team building challenges aimed at testing their problem solving, map reading, and leadership skills. 

Up to two classes combine and will rotate between three activities/games. The day concludes with all classes combining for a final activity.

Challenge activities

Orienteering photo rally

Students will be provided with a map and an iPad for taking photos. In groups of 4-5, students will navigate to different locations using the map to find clues and take a group selfie. Fast-finshers can use their photos to create a movie trailer.

Challenge bushwalk

Students will go on a guided bushwalk where they will be encouraged to explore, use their senses, and support each other.

Fort building (a.k.a. owls and possums)

Groups will be split into two teams. One team will use sticks to build a fort wall (possum drey) designed to protect them from a water cannon attack. The second team (owls) will fill buckets and return to mount their  attack. Groups then swap roles.

Syllabus outcomes and content

NSW Personal development, health and physical education K-10 syllabus (2018)

Stage 3 Outcomes

PD3-10 selects and uses interpersonal skills to interact respectfully with others to promote inclusion and build connections


  • participate positively in groups and teams by encouraging others and negotiating roles and responsibilities (ACPMP067)

NSW Mathematics K-6 Syllabus (2012)


MA2-17MG uses simple maps and grids to represent position and follow routes, including using compass directions


  • use grid references on maps to describe position

Learning across the curriculum

Critical and creative thinking – students will have the opportunity to evaluate knowledge and skills, clarify ideas, consider alternatives and solve problems.

Personal and social capability – students will have the opportunity to make responsible decisions, work effectively in a team and constructively handle challenging situations.