Camps & Trips

Outdoor Education provides students opportunities to develop personal and social skills, to become active, safe and skilled in the outdoors and to develop passion for outdoor education and the environment.  

Our EOTC (Out of the Classroom) programme includes a variety of learning opportunities:

  • Adventure activities and outdoor pursuits that focus on physical skills, challenge, development, fun and enjoyment.
  • Games and cooperation activities that focus on the development of personal and interpersonal skills.
  • Opportunities to use safe practices and basic risk management strategies.
  • Pushing themselves outside their comfort zone.
  • Opportunities to learn about and explore the environment.

The programme is designed to cater for the consolidation and extension of our children’s skill and needs. It is our aim for all children to be included in our Outdoor Education Programme. All students from Year 1 - Year 6 have the opportunity to be involved in overnight camps every year:

Year 1 and 2 students take part in an overnight camp each year. These camps involve activities across a day and an overnight stay somewhere (usually) reasonably close to school. Parents often choose to take part in this camp, too, to be close to their children. For information on the 2016 Year 1 and 2 end of year EOTC trip, please click here.

Year 3 and 4 students take part in a two day, one night camp each year. These camps operate in alternating pattern, with a city-based camp one year, and a more rural camp the second year. Some parents come along as help on the camp, either through the day or for the overnight stay. For information on the 2016 Year 3 and 4 camp, including a gear list, please click here.

Year 5 and 6 students take part in a week-long camp every year. Again, these camps operate in an alternating pattern, with odd-year camps taking place somewhere on the South Island and even-year camps taking place somewhere on the North Island. Depending on numbers, two or three teachers take part in this camp, along with several volunteer parents.

We also have an optional Ski Camp that has run for the past three years in Term 3. Students can opt into the trip run over four days on Mt Ruapehu.

See articles below for previous years' camp information

Amesbury Ski Camp 2017

Do you fancy four days on a secluded mountainside? Keen to ski until your heart's content? Are you in the mood to stay in our very own log fired mountain lodge with a view right over the ski field and majestic mountain peaks at our fingertips? Be wowed when waking up to a snow covered landscape and wrapping up in winter wares.

Posted: Tuesday May 23, 2017

Urgent Notice - Noho Marae Postponed

No need to pack bags and pyjamas today; school as normal tomorrow.

Posted: Saturday May 13, 2017

Visit to Botanic Gardens

Students in the environmental/gardening elective recently got to explore the nursery and see some beneficial garden insects...

Posted: Wednesday April 12, 2017

Book Explorers explore Johnsonville Library 

Last Friday the 11 Book Explorers hopped on the public bus and visited Johnsonville Library.

Posted: Tuesday April 11, 2017