Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about the Discovery Program. If you have additional questions, please contact the Outdoor Education department at firstname.lastname@example.orgWhat will be the impact on my son's academic performance?
We find that most students maintain similar marks to what they were achieving in Grade 9. Grade 10 is a more challenging workload so some students will struggle to maintain their standard regardless of whether or not they take Discovery. The increased self-confidence, organizational skills, and motivation from Discovery often result in improved performance in Grades 11 and 12.
Will my son be able to participate in competitive sports?
Yes, students have participated in all sports at even the senior level during Discovery. Students should, however, be prepared to miss some practices and games. Please speak with respective coaches to discuss any implications. We recommend that students not participate in more than one competitive sport per term while in Discovery.
Will my son still be able to participate in other aspects of school life?
Yes, we encourage students to stay involved with music, drama, the arts, clubs, and other aspects of the school. Discovery students are also expected to make a strong commitment to the Hamper Drive, the Fair, Arts Week, and other major initiatives.
Does my son require previous outdoor experience?
While it is helpful to have past experience, we teach all skills starting with the most basic. Students with more advanced skills are encouraged to help teach their peers. We are more interested in a demonstrated positive attitude towards the outdoors than existing skills.
What equipment is required?
Students are required to provide the following items:
- warm non-cotton outdoor clothing
- good rain gear (jacket and pants)
- solid hiking boots
- warm sleeping bag and pad
- 70 - 80-litre backpack
The school provides most of the group equipment (tents, stoves, etc.) and activity-specific equipment (PFDs, paddles, snowshoes) required for the activities undertaken. A small number of optional activities may require students to borrow or rent additional equipment (for example backcountry ski touring equipment. More specific details regarding equipment are included in the Discovery Handbook.