Year 6 - The Boyne Island challenge



Get ready as students participate in an action packed journey of survivor type challenges to ultimately complete the Boyne Island Challenge.

Using elements from the Australian Curriculum – General Capabilities -Personal and Social Capability continuum - the program targets opportunities for students to recognise emotions, become confident and resilient, appreciate diverse perspectives, work collaboratively and develop reflective practices. The challenges include designing and constructing both a shelter and a raft, build a fire and use traditional methods to start the fire, navigate the river while canoeing and push past comfort zones on the high rope challenge. At the conclusion of each day, time is allocated for all students to debrief on their activities and consider their learning.

After collecting tokens for each successful challenge, the students conquer the Boyne Island Challenge to receive their prize.


Duration: 4-5 days (3-4 nights)


Curriculum Intent


General capabilities


Personal and social capability

The key ideas for Personal and Social Capability are organised into four interrelated elements in the learning continuum. These include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and social management. These are the program targets for year 6 students at level 4 of the Learning Continuum of Personal and Social Capabilities.



  • Recognise emotions
  • Recognise personal qualities and achievements
  • Develop reflective practices


  • Express emotions appropriately
  • Develop self-discipline and set goals
  • Work independently and show initiative
  • Become confident, resilient and adaptable


    Social awareness
  • Appreciate diverse perspectives


    Social management
  • Communicate effectively
  • Work collaboratively
  • Make decisions
  • Negotiate and resolve conflict




Critical and creative thinking

In the Australian Curriculum, students develop capability in critical and creative thinking as they learn to generate and evaluate knowledge, clarify concepts and ideas, seek possibilities, consider alternatives and solve problems. These are the program targets for year 6 students at level 4 of the Learning Continuum of Critical and Creative Thinking.


Inquiry – identifying, exploring and organising information and ideas

  • Pose questions


    Reflecting on thinking and processes
  • Reflect on processes


    Cross curriculum priorities


  • OI.2 All life forms, including human life, are connected through ecosystems on which they depend for their wellbeing and survival
  • OI.7 Actions for a more sustainable future reflect values of care, respect and responsibility, and require us to explore and understand environments.


Learning Intentions:


WHAT… are we learning?


  • A challenger is someone who can develop and build upon their personal and social awareness. They are able to recognise their emotions, work together in a team, show resilience and persistence during difficult times, set goals and reflect upon experiences.


WHY … are we learning this?


  • Teamwork is important not only in childhood, but it also plays an important role in helping you succeed as an adult. These fundamental life skills of teambuilding assist you in becoming an active citizen throughout your life and build your capacity to be a great leader.


You can either- give up, give in or give it all you got!


HOW … will you know you're successful Challenger?

I can…

  • Consider my attitude and behaviour
  • Create a positive frame of thinking
  • Work collaboratively
  • Be resilient and persevere
  • Set goals
  • Reflect on my actions


Students and adults will need:

  • Appropriate clothing for a week long camp
  • Clothes that can get wet, muddy or dirty
  • Two pairs of closed shoes, one that can get wet plus a pair that will stay dry.
  • Sun-safe clothing and hat
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent already applied
  • Water bottle


Catering: External caterers supply, cook and serve food

For a suggested timetable see The Boyne Island challenge overview (PDF, 207Kb)​​​​

Last reviewed 14 October 2021
Last updated 14 October 2021