Outdoor Education - St Andrew's College

Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education


Education Beyond the Classroom

Spencer Chapman was inspired by Kurt Hahn’s philosophy of education as taught at Gordonstoun, and continued to implement them on returning as the 11th Headmaster of St Andrew’s College from 1956 to 1962. He was a decorated war hero, an adventurer/explorer and initiated “outward bound’ to St Andrew’s College.

St Andrew’s has continued with this ethic of educating beyond the classroom and has expanded the programme from a military-inspired Long Walk (a 5-day route march for Grades 9-11), to a far more intricate programme. St Andrew’s pioneered the 21-day rite of passage now known as the John Jones Fish River Journey in 2004 and has led the way in South Africa in this regard. The development of our own “Khula Bush Camp” at Table Farm 15km from town has further enhanced our opportunities to educate our boys beyond the classroom on a regular basis.


What You Learn


  • • Learning leadership styles
  • • Using your strengths for the benefit of all.


  • • Fishing
    • Bird watching
    • Relaxation.


  • • Building projects
    • Re-cycling and up-cycling
    • Initiative tests
    • Culinary skills

Self vs Others

  • • Self-evaluation “the man in the mirror”
    • Tolerance
    • Value to society

The Environment

  • • Learning leadership styles
    • Fauna and Flora
    • Ecology
    • Natural Science.

Physical Exercise

  • Taking calculated risks
  • •Learning to endure
  • •Testing one’s limits


  • • Survival skills
    • camp etiquette
    • Making do with what you’ve got at your disposal

Giving Back

  • Community engagement
    • Farm management

Grade 8

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11


The Climbing Gym

It’s with great excitement that we officially open our Climbing Gym in
2021. The idea was born out of the Outdoor Club and driven by a small
group of pupils, and with their passion that we have arrived at this stage
and see the sport taking a foothold in the new facility.


The Shack

The Shack has become a part of the school’s tradition for many boys, members of staff, Old Andreans and those closely associated with St Andrew’s College since the 1960’s.

Those who have had the privilege of visiting this magnificent piece of the coast in the Oyster Bay area have created memories they will reminisce for years to come.