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Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

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Natural leader program

Teacher checklist


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

Field of Mars Reserve risk management plan

COVID-19 safety plan


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.

Limited wheelchair accessibility.

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


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

Students wear reusable name tag and sports uniform.

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Buffalo Creek track

Doyle and Warada loop track

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. No siblings.
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 three groups

Please note: Recommended maximum 90 students


Group A, B, C

9.45 - 10.00

Introduction, recess and toilets

10.00 - 11.00 Challenge one
11.00 - 12.00 Challenge two
12.00 - 12:30


12.30 - 1.30

Challenge three

1.30 - 2.00 Honouring ceremony
2.00 - 2.15 Pack up and depart

Learning activities

Students will be involved in a range of outdoor team building challenges aimed at developing achievement and success, positive relationships and connectedness and a sense of meaning and purpose all while being active and safe. 

Students will undergo three main activities, each of which is multifaceted and scaffolded in such a way to allow maximum participation by all. The day concludes with an honouring ceremony focused on celebrating and championing all members.


Team challenge bushwalk

Students will pass through a maze of ropes before joining a small team. The teams will then go through a series of small challenges before embarking on a bushwalk. At the height of the walk, students will work in pairs and undergo some blindfolded activities focused on trust and communication. 

Simulated water crossing

Teams will be tasked with a range of challenges that require constructive peer interactions,  self regulation and choice on how to best operate as an individual and team member. These activities will involve a small amount of water and some students may get wet. 

Traditional indigenous games

Students will learn about the Bundjalung nation and some traditional indigenous games. Teams will undergo an initial challenge to set a required base level of skill for the following challenges that progressively increase in complexity which culminate in an entire group challenge.

Please note

Natural leader is available year round if you have more than 50 leadership students.

For smaller cohorts of students, the program is available on specific dates.  Multiple schools will be working together on the same day.

Syllabus outcomes and content

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


A student:

  • 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:

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