Pupils at St. Mary’s are fortunate to enjoy a range of outdoor experiences throughout their years at St. Mary’s. Regular field trips in the Pre-Prep years lead on to trips which involve camping and residential stays at recognised outdoor education centres.
Forms 3 and 4 experience a day trip to Spottiswoode where they enjoy rope webs, bug hunts, wide games, ski planks and fishing, to name a few activities.
Form 5 have a 2-day camp where they learn a range of skills to equip them with the knowledge to enjoy the outdoors safely.
Form 6 enjoy a 3-day camp at PGL Ford Castle and take part in a variety of high rope challenges, as well as assault courses, archery, fencing and the much loved zip wire.
Form 7 have a 4-day camp in St. Andrews, arranged by ‘MyAdventure’ with climbing at Ratho, coasteering in Elie, canyoning at Bruar Falls and canoeing and games on the Union Canal.
In Form 8’s final year, the outdoor education programme culminates in a 5-day camp in the College Valley, Beadnell, Cheviots, Holy Island and Eyemouth.
Friendships and social skills are developed; resilience, confidence and leadership are encouraged.