Middle School

Middle School Outdoor Education

Hillfield Strathallan College prides itself on offering diverse programs that enable students to make educated choices and set goals, leading to the development of self-confidence and resilience.

Research shows that Outdoor Education, when integrated into the curriculum, provides solid reinforcement of concepts in the 'real world'.  Students create stronger bonds with each other while developing a stronger appreciation for their environment. HSC provides opportunities for students, staff and community to take part in developing a richer and greater appreciation for our world. We also believe that this programming helps to deliver our curriculum in a meaningful and exciting manner, while ensuring that students are able to take controlled risks in a safe and nurturing environment.

Extracurricular opportunities in Middle School are both educational and fun, complementing the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Program (Senior School) as well as the College's initiative of meeting the holistic needs of the child. 

Middle School Integrated Curriculum Programs
(Outdoor Education Weeks)

Grade 5
September - Overnight Camping at Valens Conservation Area
January - St. Donat, Quebec – French Trip 

Grade 6
September - CKW OE Camp - Earth Keepers Program
September - Royal Botanical Gardens Day Trip

Grade 7
September - Camp Mini Yo We
January - Ste. Marie Among the Hurons

Grade 8  
September - Camp Wenonah
May - Ottawa Trip

Junior Duke (Grades 5 to 8) 

Middle School students are automatically enrolled in the Junior Duke Award Program encouraging youth to be active, to participate in new activities, and to pursue current interests in four different areas. It offers students the opportunity to set goals and achieve results in fun and challenging ways. It also prepares students for the Duke of Edinburgh Award offered in the Senior School. At the end of the year, students who have met all the requirements receive a certificate as well as a lapel pin for their blazers.  

The four pillars of the Junior Duke include: 

  • Water - Grade 8
  • Fire - Grade 7
  • Sun - Grade 6
  • Earth - Grade 5

To complete each level, a student must finish the four pillars:

  • Physical Achievement - Gain a sense of achievement and good health through physical activity. Any sport, dance, or fitness activity can count. 
  • Adventurous Journey - Completed through participation in e-week programs or extra-curricular Outdoor Education opportunities
  • Skill - develop a personal interest, social or practical skill (e.g. comics, computers, knitting, cooking, etc.)
  • Service (Community Service) - Provide volunteer service to others and your community. Volunteer on one of the school's many service projects, or find one in your community (e.g. SPCA, HDC, food drives, Christmas Fundraisers)

Grade 8 Criteria
To complete the Water Level a student must:

  • Complete the award over a five month period.
  • Log their events in the “Record Book”
  • Complete an expedition (e.g. Camp Wenonah) and/or participate in other Outdoor Education Opportunities
  • Choose a skill and stick with it for five months (e.g. a hobby) and commit to one hour per week during the five months
  • Be physical for 20 hours over a period of 20 weeks (non-stop)
  • Commit to 10 hours of service spread over the five month period (must be on at least five different occasions)

Grade 7 Criteria
To complete the Fire Level, a student must:

  • Complete the award over a four month period
  • Log their events in the “Record Book”
  • Complete an expedition (e.g. Mini-Yo-We Camp) and/or participate in other Outdoor Education Opportunities
  • Choose a skill and stick with it for four months (e.g. a hobby) and commit to one hour per week during the four months
  • Be physical for 16 hours over a period of 16 weeks (non-stop)
  • Commit to eight hours of service spread over the four month period (must be on at least four different occasions)

Grade 6 Criteria
To complete the Sun Level a student must:

  • Complete the award over a three month period
  • Log their events in the “Record Book”
  • Complete an expedition (e.g. CKW YMCA OE Centre) and/or participate in other Outdoor Education Opportunities
  • Choose a skill and stick with it for three months (e.g. a hobby) and commit to one hour per week during the three months
  • Be physical for 12 hours over a period of 12 weeks (non-stop)
  • Commit to six hours of service over the three month period (must be on at least three different occasions)

Grade 5 Criteria
To complete the Earth Level, a student must:

  • Complete the award over a two month period
  • Log their events in the “Record Book”
  • Complete an expedition (e.g. Valens Conservation Area) and/or participate in other Outdoor Education Opportunities
  • Choose a skill and stick with it for two months (e.g. a hobby) and commit to one hour per week during the two months
  • Be physical for eight hours over a period of eight weeks (non-stop)
  • Commit to three occasions of service spread over the two month period (must be on at least three different occasions)
 
 

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