Not required. If parents attend, please ensure they wear closed shoes. No siblings.
Check COVID-19 restrictions.
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 three school weeks' notice will incur a $500 administration fee. This does not apply to cancellations due to weather, fire danger or COVID-19 restrictions.
Suggested timetable for up to two classes
Classes A, B
9.45 - 10.20
Introduction, recess and toilets
10.20 - 11.30
11.30 - 11.45
11.45 - 12.30
12.30 - 1.00
1.00 - 1.30
1.30 - 2.00
2.00 - 2.15
Pack up and depart
Students will be involved in a range of outdoor, team building style challenges aimed at testing their problem solving, map reading, compass and leadership skills.
Students wil be introduced to the key concepts of team challenge, map reading, scavenger hunt and the use of equipment and control cards.
In groups of four, students will use their maps and compasses to navigate to eight stations where they will solve riddles and collect a piece of equipment for later use. Each group will also collect clues to reveal the native animal their team will represent.
Students will go on a guided bushwalk to observe animal habitats and learn about their native animal. While in the bush students will develop a team brand and represent it using charcoal and facepaint. Upon return students will present their team brand and information about their animal.
Students use the information and equipment from the challenge course to build a shelter to protect them from the imminent storm. After the storm passes students can use their shelter as a lunch spot.
Students will reflect on the activities and skills they have developed.
Syllabus outcomes and content
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education K-10 Syllabus (2018)
selects and uses interpersonal skills to interact respectfully with others to promote inclusion and build connections PD3-10
participate positively in groups and teams by encouraging others and negotiating roles and responsibilities
Other syllabus links
Learning experiences will also support but not explicitly teach the following outcomes and content.
Mathematics K-6 Syllabus (2012)
locates and describes position on maps using a grid-reference system MA3-17MG
describe routes using landmarks and directional language
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.