The Berwickshire High School
Outdoor Education at BHS

Outdoor Education

 

There are three main aspects to our programme of Outdoor Education:

  1. Skill development through activities, e.g. hillwalking, orienteering, canoeing, sailing, etc.
     
  2. Fieldwork to support courses in the curriculum e.g. geography, biology etc.
     
  3. Personal and Social Development e.g. residential courses and learning which involves working together, team building and problem solving.

All students at The BHS have the opportunity to experience Outdoor Education. In S1 the whole year group takes part in a residential experience involving outdoor pursuits. During later years students have the opportunity to take part in short blocks of outdoor activities, e.g. ski-ing, canoeing.
 

Outdoor Education - General
Outdoor Education at BHS
Pond dipping
Outdoor Education at BHS
Pond dipping
Outdoor Education at BHS
Packed lunch
Outdoor Education at BHS
River study
Outdoor Education at BHS
BBQ
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Grey Mare's Tail fieldwork


In all out of school activity there is an element of risk. All outings are checked by the Rector and/or the Outdoor Education Adviser ensuring that staff follow the Council’s guidelines outlined in the Excursions Document.

Parents and students also have responsibilities including:

  • Returning a signed parental consent form.
  • Students must pass a swimming test before water activities.
  • Students must arrive with the correct clothing for the activity. (Details are given for each excursion but normally includes layers of warm clothing, hat and gloves.)
  • A packed lunch is often required.

Participation

This is one area of education that most students enjoy even though they may return dirty, wet and even cold! Parents should be aware that minor incidents like blistered feet, boats becalmed, etc. can sometimes cause delays in returning to school. Students undertaking a block of Outdoor Education may be late in returning to Duns.

Parental Help

On occasions help from parents is sought to help with transport and non- specialised supervision.

Sailing

Dinghy sailing takes place in the summer and autumn terms. Regattas, training etc. take place on the Whiteadder reservoir. It is open to all students in school. Details are to be found on the Outdoor Education notice board.
 

Sailing on the Whiteadder reservoir
Outdoor Education at BHS
Dinghy sailing - thumbs up!
Outdoor Education at BHS
Rowing

 

Alba Venturer/Ocean Youth Trust

Students have access to sailing on a 70 ft ketch through association with the educational charity – OYT Scotland. S1-3 can take part in a voyage in spring sailing among the islands off the West Coast. Senior pupils regularly sail on other voyages mainly in the summer holidays e.g. In the Tall Ships Race to Norway, Denmark, France etc. Pupils have also sailed in the OYT challenge voyage to Iceland and the Arctic Circle
 

Ocean Youth Trust
Outdoor Education at BHS
Iona
Outdoor Education at BHS
Alba and Fingals Cave
Outdoor Education at BHS
Iceland
Outdoor Education at BHS
Alba Venturer

 

Ski-ing

Sometimes during courses in the senior school, pupils have the opportunity to learn to ski at Jedburgh dry slope. Pupils in S2, S3 and S6 have the opportunity to take part in ski trip abroad.
 

Ski Trip
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Snow cannon
Outdoor Education at BHS
Skiing at Alpe Dhuez
Outdoor Education at BHS
Heading for home
Outdoor Education at BHS
Ski trip - view from Pic Blanc

 

The Berwickshire High School, Duns, Berwickshire, TD11 3QG
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