Pre-Conference Adventure Options

Aussie Bush & Sydney Futures

Download the Pre-Conference Adventures brochure.

You may register for either the Sydney Futures and Aussie Bush Adventures together, or only the Sydney Futures Adventure. You must register for the 2018 IBSC Annual Conference at The Southport School to attend the Pre-Conference Adventures.

Your registration for either Pre-Conference Adventure includes:

  • Accommodation on The Scots College campuses
  • All meals (except Thursday lunch)
  • All core experiences, including:
    • Adventure activities at Glengarry and Bannockburn (Aussie Bush Experience only)
    • Three-course Scottish adventure evening
    • Sydney Harbor sightseeing cruise
    • Barangaroo entrepreneurship immersion
    • Harborside sunset cocktail reception
    • Performance at the Sydney Opera House
    • Guided tours of Sydney, including walking the Sydney Harbor Bridge
    • Optional visit to Bondi Beach
  • Coach transfers

Part 1: Aussie Bush Adventure, July 3 – 4

After arriving at The Scots College for check in and lunch, we journey two hours south of Sydney to the pristine Kangaroo Valley to stay at Glengarry, where our Year 9 boys live and learn for six months.

Say “g’day” to the kangaroos lounging on the lawns before a night of stories, dance, and immersion with Australian culture, including intercultural learning from our Indigenous and non-Indigenous boys, families, and local elders.

Stay in a shared dormitory like our Year 9 boys, the nearby Pioneer Motel, or the Kangaroo Valley Golf and Country Resort, or brave the crisp winter night and have a truly authentic Aussie bush experience by sleeping in a tent or open “swag” under the southern stars.

The next morning, choose from several adventure activities, such as canoeing, hiking through the microclimates on campus, low ropes course, indoor high ropes, science discovery, bush creative writing, or a rites of passage reflection session, Then across the mountains to the sparkling south coast for more adventures at Bannockburn, our 300 hectrare short-stay, multi-use, stewardship landscape. Enjoy a barbeque lunch before touring Bannockburn and engaging in a range of agricultural and environmental science activities, such as working with the school's cattle, flying the Scots bio-mapping drones, or participating in an endangered species monitoring with local conservation partners in the re-wilding enclosure.

Return to Sydney by coach, taking in sweeping views of the south coast beaches, to conclude the Aussie Bush Experience and meet up with delegates joining us for the Sydney Futures Experience.

Part 2: Sydney Futures Adventure, July 4 – 5

The Sydney Futures Experience starts with a special night looking back to the past. After arriving at the College and checking in, freshen up for a Scottish Adventure Evening. We’ll fit you out in your own kilt before settling in for a feast of all things Scottish, including pipers, Burns poetry, and even the delights of haggis. Hear boys, staff, and our distinguished scholar-in-residence reflect on the power of symbols and traditions in forming a shared sense of identity and purpose.

Enjoy a few extra winks before breakfast at the College, or wake up early Thursday morning for an optional session in the High Performance Sports Centre, where you can undertake the same Mind Body Heart testing boys undergo. Use equipment such as the BodPod and high-altitude spin room to discover your personal best. Then pick up breakfast on the go and visit the world-famous Bondi Beach for a winter swim (for the brave!).

Then head down to sparkling Rose Bay for a cruise through Sydney Harbor, one of the most beautiful harbors in the world. Take advantage of picture-perfect views of the Sydney Opera House, Harbor Bridge, city skyline, and golden beaches. Then dock at Barangaroo, the newest development in the city, to tour one of the largest activity-based working environments in the Southern Hemisphere. Uncover how the future of working environments reshapes the way we teach. Engage with a panel of some of Australia’s most eminent business leaders and entrepreneurs to better understand the changing nature of work, and hear boys pitch their own entrepreneurial ideas to would-be investors. Then it’s your turn: split off into working groups to design your own pitch for how we could rethink teaching for the new world of work.

After lunch in Darling Harbor, take advantage of a range of free, guided Sydney experiences, such as taking a casual walk across the Harbor Bridge, exploring the early settlement area of the Rocks, or visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art. Afterwards, we gather at Circular Quay for a special cocktail reception, followed by a Q&A panel discussion with boys and leading practitioners exploring the nature of the creative experience and how it’s inverting our usual approach to teaching and learning. After watching the sun set across the Harbor Bridge, we conclude a wonderful day with a Bangarra Dance Theatre performance of "Dark Emu" at the World Heritage Listed-Sydney Opera House.

After breakfast on Friday morning, check out from your accommodation and take an easy one-hour flight straight to the Gold Coast before the ISBC Annual Conference starts Sunday. Or stick around Sydney for two more nights to enjoy all the city has to offer, including getting up close with wildlife at Taronga Zoo, taking in the splendor of the Blue Mountains, climbing over the top of the Sydney Harbor Bridge, or wine tasting in the nearby Hunter Valley.

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