Senior Outdoor Education is a three year programme starting in year 11. Over the course of the three years students go from developing personal skills in a range of outdoor pursuits to developing into independent outdoor adventures with assistant leadership skills. The pursuits developed include bush craft (survival, weather, navigation, camping and tramping), alpine travel, white water kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking. As well as developing hard skills a range of transferable soft skills are developed including communication, trust, self-confidence, resilience and risk management. We have a weekly adventure during class time and most terms involve either day or overnight expeditions where all the skills developed are put into practice.
Head of Department: Stephen Garside
NZOIA Kayak 2, Rock 2, Bush 2 and Alpine 1
Year 10 Outdoor Education – The Mataki Experience
All Year 10 students attend a week long camp at Mataki Lodge. This camp provides an introductory outdoor experience in this spectacular mountainous area (essentially Nelson Lakes National Park). Senior outdoor education options and field work in selected subjects in the senior school will provide students with the opportunity to build on these experiences.
HOD Matakitaki Lodge and EOTC Co-ordinator: Grant Billcliff