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Outdoor Education

Tramping trip

Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education is a subject that uses the medium of the environment to develop a students performance skills and personal attributes. Many of the activites involve working with others in challenging situations to promote personal growth.

The school is well placed geographically to use some of the wonderful natural resources in the Horowhenua region specifically the Tararua ranges, Manawatu River and local mountain bike tracks. As many of our locations for practicals are close to school we feel we offer a very practical course at all levels of the curriculm. We do use other locations around New Zealand for specific trips. The school is fortunate to have a 11m high indoor rock wall, an outdoor swimming pool and are fully resouced for all outdoor activites on offer.

The department is also extremely fortunate to have highly qualified staff that hold Nationally recognized qualifications in a number of key outdoor areas. The school has been recognised for it's excellece in our programme especially in relation to safety by gaining the externally moderated qualification Outdoors Mark August  2011.

Outdoor Education units contain both theoretical and practical components and are assessed in class and out in the field.

Outdoor Education Resources

• 33 metre school pool
• 11 metre indoor rock climbing wall
• A class set of road and mountain bikes
• A class set of white water and sea kayaks
• All tramping/camping equipment          


Outdoor Education Staff

Rob Cox - Teacher in charge of Outdoor Education
NZOIA - Rock One, Bush One, Seakayak Guide
First Aid - Medic First Aid

Marika Holloway - Teacher