Schools Testimonials

Student feedback

“We became a close knit team, at the same time discovering who we really were. Out in the bush, under pressure your real character shines through, and it was a fantastic almost cleansing feeling. The intense friendship and love was prominent with all of us accepting each others weaknesses and applauding our strengths. Gone were the superficial and shallow aspects of modern life and we adored it. I think that we all underwent a change for the better and will benefit from this for a long while.” Student – School of Total Education, QLD

“The Outward Bound experience was one of the most important things Ive ever been through in my short life. I learned so much about myself and how I react and interact with others. Its one of the best things thats ever happened to me – it forced me to grow up.” Student

“The challenge bought out things that we didnt know about others and tested us to see how we would get around the problems we faced.” Student

“The abseiling was heaps cool cause not only did you get a nice view but also it got my confidence better, in other words I can rely on other people now.” Student – Cranbrook School, NSW

Parent & Teacher Feedback 

“As a veteran of long expedition programs at previous schools, what impressed me the most about working with OB staff was how they create adventurous opportunities while carefully, thoughtfully but unobtrusively managing the risks inherent in such activities.  There seemed to be a cast of dozens supporting our teams of Year 11 students at key moments, such as when canoes needed packing away or hiking gear had to be issued, but then, as if by magic, those staff disappeared and suddenly we were back with our one outdoor pro and the sense of challenge in a remote, wilderness area came rushing back.” Teacher – Scots College

“As I watched Year 12 students exit high school, at Ulladulla High’s grand Presentation Night, it was an inner joy to note that many of the students who had experienced Outward Bound in Year 9 were now the leaders of the school, leaders of the environmental movement  and/or students who had shone in their area of interest and talent.  Outward Bound had been a turning point for all of them.  It had been a massive challenge but they faced it and shone.  After that, well they could do anything!  It is that inner strength that carried them forward to pursue their interests with passion.” Karen Bulbert – retired Head Teacher from Ulladulla High School

“She has returned from camp, a much more confident and self-sufficient young woman believing in herself and her new abilities and has not stopped talking of her experiences in a most positive light.” Parent – Radford College, ACT

“I have been both extremely impressed and forever thank you for all the assistance provided by Outward Bound both on and off the course. And I would be more than glad to continue the working relationship Marist-Sion College has with Outward Bound for many years to come.” Teacher – Marist-Sion College, VIC

“Just another quick note to express my appreciation to your entire team involved with the recent Year 11 Marist program. Yet again, another program exhibiting high quality. From what I could gather students and staff were extremely positive after the course.” Teacher – Marist College Canberra

“To the wonderful Outward Bound leaders, I really do not know where to start. I felt that I had to write a letter because the spoken word would not do you all justice. You are simply and purely amazing. For all the inspiration I have received from my peers around me, along with those beautiful individuals we met on the panel – you were the ones that humbled me the most. You have all worked so hard, and just seem so switched on. This is going to sound somewhat absurd but what really gives away your uniqueness and wisdom are your eyes. You may not realise it, but all of your eyes seem to have this perfect blend of peace and fire within. It has been through your activities, your support, your kindness and laughter that has made this leadership course what it is, so on behalf of everyone – thank you. My Dad has always gone on about Outward Bound and how amazing it is, and now I can see what he sees, this organisation is amazing, and that is directly because of all of you. Thank you. With fondest regards,” Angelique Murray

“Francis Greenway High School has been associated with the Year 9 Outward Bound camps for the past three years.  We were fortunate to be able to tap into this valuable resource as a result of our schools involvement in the Coal & Allied Community Trust.  At Francis Greenway, we see the Outward Bound camps as a valuable resource in helping to connect our young people with their potential.  These camps give students invaluable experiences in pushing their boundaries, extending themselves and being productive members of a team.” Francis Greenaway High School

“[Outward Bound Instructor] taught us a lot about humility, leadership by example, discipline (fairness and firmness) and listening and perception.  These 7 days have given me tools to take into my teaching.” Cranbrook School Teaching staff

“Does it make a difference to the students – absolutely. The Outward Bound data shows that, the parents tell me that and my teachers know that these students are different and better for it – in leadership, in focus and in general demeanor.” Robert Biggs – Principal, Irymple Secondary College

“One night we arrived in the dark and rain and were attempting to put up bivvies with several students unable to lay their hands on torches that worked. All the girls wanted was to crawl into a warm sleeping-bag, and taking pity on them, I promised to bring them something in bed; but first their ramshackle bivvies needed attention and as I knelt in the rain adjusting cords and knots, I noticed that I had some assistants with me. My Boarders went around the bivvies helping to tighten and straighten, although they have been much more comfortable under shelter. I would not have known them for the same girls, and those sorts of gains were often repeated as the students took their experience and learning with them from one course to another – and their enthusiasm for a time which they knew allowed them a space to think and to relax.

I noticed that as Outward Bound courses became part of the Perth College culture and they had cut their teeth, so to speak, on the Year Nine course, many girls really looked forward to the friendship and to the simplicity of living out of a backpack. Many would tell me about their adventures and some would come before the holidays to borrow packs for their own hikes.” Olwyn Brown, Perth College. 


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