Pre-Conference Adventures

Ventures & Adventures in the Real World: Educating Boys Experientially

Aussie Bush & Sydney Futures

July 3 – 5, 2018
Hosted by The Scots College
Sydney, Australia

Download the Pre-Conference Adventures brochure.

In conjunction with the 2018 IBSC Annual Conference at The Southport School on the Gold Coast, The Scots College in Sydney, Australia, is delighted to host a special professional learning experience with a difference. IBSC members are invited to join us for a Pre-Conference Adventure in Sydney and the Kangaroo Valley to deepen your understanding of the transformative power of taking learning beyond the classroom and engaging boys in real-world experiences that form their character and prepare them to thrive in an uncertain future.

Explore opportunities for experiential education during the Pre-Conference Adventures. Connect with leading experts in key areas of educational change. Engage in the sort of education boys’ schools strive to offer students as the boundaries around “the school” become more open to change. Seize this unique opportunity to see and experience education in Sydney and the Australian bush, connect with likeminded innovative educators, and heighten your understanding of how to educate boys experientially. Then meet your colleagues at the IBSC Annual Conference to continue the journey.

Why Experiential Education?

As globalization brings economic and cultural disruption, young people must become more agile and entrepreneurial. Schools need to rethink how and why their programs of formation translate into brave-hearted and bold-minded graduates. Research in boys’ education has established the transformative power of taking learning beyond the classroom and engaging in real-world experiences. Experiential education takes the learnings of outdoor education models and renews reflective experiences in the everyday programs of busy, complex schools. These experiences not only encourage growth in abilities but also in the quality of boys’ reflection on their journey to maturity.

Who Should Attend?

Any teachers, administrators, or school leaders interested in exploring innovative ways of educating boys and establishing strong connections with colleagues from around the world should attend. The program concludes in time for participants to fly from Sydney to the Gold Coast over the weekend.

Program Options

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

Your registration for either Pre-Conference Adventure includes:

  • Accommodation at your choice of Standard, Advanced, or Deluxe levels
  • All meals (except Thursday lunch)
  • All core experiences, including:
    • Adventure activities at Glengarry and Bannockburn (Aussie Bush Adventure only)
    • Three-course Scottish adventure evening
    • Sydney Harbor sightseeing cruise
    • Barangaroo entrepreneurship immersion
    • Harborside sunset cocktail reception
    • Indigenous dance performance at the world-famous Sydney Opera House
    • Guided tours of Sydney, including walking the Sydney Harbor Bridge
    • Optional visit to Bondi Beach
  • Coach transfers to and from experiences (airport transfers not included)

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