The school owns and operates an Outdoor Education Centre in the picturesque Southern Highlands 160km south west of Sydney. The centre’s name, Kirrikee is an Aboriginal word for the Whistling Kite – Australia’s second largest bird of prey. The 88 hectare property borders the rugged Morton National Park as well as Penrose and Wingello State Forests. The diverse range of flora, fauna, gorges, mountains, rivers, cliffs and caves in these areas, provides Kirrikee with a very unique classroom.
Years 3-10 attend an Outdoor Education Programme once each year. Each programme has the primary aim of enabling every student to develop an understanding of their relationship with their Creator and to marvel at the wilderness areas they are in. We aim to challenge, change and encourage students emotionally, relationally and spiritually.
Years 3-6 attend Kirrikee and the focus is to have fun and give these young students a taste of the Australian bush with time away from the normal comforts and security of home together with some small outdoor recreation skill development.
Year 7 students visit Kirrikee at the beginning of their first year of Middle School for 4 days, spending one night on an expedition away from Kirrikee in the Bundanoon Gullies area.
Year 8 visit Kirrikee and embark upon a 3 night expedition in the amazing Kangaroo Valley.
Year 9 move away from Kirrikee as their base and attend an expedition based programme either in the backcountry of the Snowy Mountains or on the Murray River.
Year 10 students have a myriad of journey based options including hiking or backcountry skiing in the Kosciuszko area, mountain biking in New Zealand, sea kayaking at Myall Lakes and venturing into the Nanda Devi region of the Indian Himalaya. A group of 24 students also take on the 18 day expedition Kosciuszko to the Coast, a truly epic wilderness experience.
A passage from Isaiah 40:30-31 epitomises the School’s philosophy for Kirrikee Outdoor Education Centre.
- Even youths will faint and be weary;
- And young will fall exhausted.
- But those who trust in the Lord for help
- Will find their strength renewed.
More details on the programmes can be found by clicking here.
Directions to Kirrikee
Directions to the Kirrikee site can be found by clicking here.
Kirrikee has an open door policy for the families of St Andrew’s Cathedral School students on weekends and school holidays. Families who wish to visit or stay at the centre should contact the Outdoor Education Office at our City Campus on (02) 9286 9500.