Experiential Learning - Cranbrook School

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Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning

At Cranbrook we believe that a student’s academic experience should not stop at the classroom door, but all our students should be given the opportunity to participate in team activities to enhance their collaboration, organisational and leadership abilities.

In Junior School, students attend off-site camps in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. The camps expand in length each year and the programme is designed to strengthen confidence and build skills and resilience.

The compulsory outdoor education programme Cranbrook in the Field (CITF) enables students from Years 7 to 10 to be involved in an outward bound programme that allows students to develop inner strength, character and resolve.  

In addition, Cranbrook offers its students the opportunity to participate in the international leadership in action programme, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.  Participation in the scheme is voluntary, flexible and non-competitive, and provides an opportunity for students to build self-esteem, self-motivation, confidence and respect for others.

Cranbrook in the Field

Since 1970 the School has been involved with Outward Bound Australia in operating a series of outdoor education programmes for Years 7 to 10. The Outward Bound School supplies equipment and specialist instructors. Each group is led by a Cranbrook staff member and an Outward Bound instructor.

Each programme varies but includes bushwalking, rock climbing, ropes courses, navigation, canoeing and abseiling. Technical aspects and logistics are organised by instructors from the Outward Bound Australia. Academic work is linked to the programme.

This year the Year 7 programme is held at Namadgi National Park (ACT), Year 8 in the Kosciuscko National Park (NSW) and the Year 9 course at our stunning Cranbrook Property in the Wolgan Valley. There is a voluntary out-of-term programme provided for Year 11 students.  Students are also encouraged to develop their leadership skills through participation in the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Programme.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is an international leadership-in-action programme and is available to all young people aged between fourteen and twenty-five. Participation in the scheme is voluntary, flexible and non-competitive, and provides an opportunity for students to build self-esteem, self-motivation, confidence and increase their respect for others. Students can achieve Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards through their involvement in service, physical recreation and expedition activities.

Social Service

Social Service is an important aspect of a student’s education at Cranbrook. The concept of giving and the spirit of ‘being rather than seeming to be’ is fundamental to the programme.

Cranbrook strives to develop a lifelong ethical spirit of social service through the understanding and appreciation of how materially fortunate the boys are, as first world citizens, and instil a feeling of an ethical prerogative to ‘give back’ to the community and the resulting personal satisfaction.

Cranbrook students are involved in a wide range of community initiatives both within Australia and overseas ranging from Clean Up Australia Day, Red Shield Appeal, Red Nose Day, Toys and Tucker, as well as cancer awareness programmes and flood and fire relief aid.

The Junior School students in Years 3–6 have the opportunity to join the Cranbrook Community Committee. This committee determines annually how Junior School boys will participate in various charities, initiatives and events, so that our younger students can ‘give back’ to their community.