Victorian Curriculum at Rubicon

Schools may access the curriculum outline below to help inform their selection of appropriate topics and content descriptors.

Rubicon Outdoor School develops learning relationships with visiting schools. Learning goals are negotiated and developed with a specific focus on student learning outcomes.

To establish the specific learning goals of the curriculum, our staff conduct a visit to the school meeting with students and accompanying teachers. This is an integral part of the Rubicon program and helps develop the ownership of the program for students and staff alike.

To assist in identifying the learning outcomes achieved a post-visit is conducted where Rubicon staff meet with students to celebrate, evaluate and assist in the consolidation of their learning into home life.

Rubicon Learning Topic Menu

Community Living
(Core teaching topic and introduced each program)
Modelling how positive communities function in residence, at base camp and on expedition. Introducing TRIBES if appropriate. Understanding yourself and others in a respectful manner. How do relationships work.

Environmental connections: Sustainability
(Core teaching topic and introduced each program)
Connecting with our natural and built environment. Understanding 3R (recycle, reuse, reduce), water monitoring, climate change issues, composting and power saving. Understanding where our food comes from and food mile concepts.

Teaching topics selection menu:

Choose one or two topics as your key program focus. These topics are covered in more detail and assessed.

Character Strengths
Students understanding their own character strengths and spotting strengths in others. Learning how to be your best possible self. Completing a character strength survey with peers.

Indigenous Connections
Acknowledging the local indigenous tribe, past and present. Introducing relevant indigenous language, storylines and food gathering practices.

Outdoor Movement & Skills
Being active in the outdoors. Learning and using specific mobility skills. Learning and applying lifelong outdoor learning skills.

Learning about and developing teamwork and leadership practice, Working together and developing positive social skills.

Understanding how to identify and manage personal and group risk and its application in daily life and decision making. Using the appropriate direct action thinking tool: CAF, OPV, PMI and particularly C&S (consequence and sequel).

Problem Solving
Using critical and creative thinking strategies. Using direct action thinking tools. Use decision making tools. Problem solving requires thoughts and emotions to be identified and separated.

Learning about and practicing coping and bounce back strategies.

Decision Making
Understanding and developing the decision making process and its application.

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Rubicon conducts VCE and VCAL programs. Individual programs are designed for schools incorporating relevant aspects of the Outdoor and Environmental studies course. Rubicon embarks on a partnership with the school to support the aims below.

This study enables students to:

  • Develop experience-based relationships with and knowledge of outdoor environments.
  • Develop an understanding of the ecological, historical, economic and social factors which have had an impact on and will influence outdoor environments over time.
  • Develop skills, knowledge and behaviours that promote safe and sustainable interaction with outdoor environments.
  • Identify and analyse the strategies used to protect, conserve and manage outdoor environments in a sustainable manner.
  • Understand the implications of trends towards sustainable environmental relationships.
  • Critically analyse interactions with outdoor environments in shaping Australian cultural practices.

Rubicon provides schools with the capacity to link the theoretical and practical components of the VCE program. Learning programs can utilise a variety of natural environments to enrich and support the desired educational outcomes.


VCAL programs can be structured to fulfil specific course objectives and link workplace and training outcomes in a hands on approach to the natural world and Outdoor environment.