Scots College Middle School

EOTC – Education Outside the Classroom

Education Outside The Classroom (EOTC) is a valued part of the Scots curriculum.  Taking boys outside the classroom, away from the city and letting them discover and learn through their time in the outdoors is an essential part of the ‘All Round Man’ education.

Camp programmes are led by a combination of trained teachers and fully accredited outside providers to give students an authentic outdoors experience that both challenges and inspires. We have an excellent variety of experiences to challenge individual students through their Middle and Senior school years at the college..

We aim to:

  • provide boys with opportunities to learn in an outdoor environment;
  • reinforce the learner profiles that are taught in the classroom like being balanced, risk takers and reflective.
  • promote appreciation of our heritage – local, national and global;
  • increase boys’ awareness and understanding of the traditions and values of their own and other cultural groups;
  • increase boys’ understanding of different perspectives on land, natural resources and the environment, and of the need for conservation management;
  • provide boys with opportunities for enjoyment, adventure and challenge, both close to home and far away;
  • provide boys with opportunities to enhance spiritual, physical and mental well-being through uplifting experiences in a natural environment;
  • develop boys’ skills so they can move with confidence and safety in urban, rural and wilderness settings;
  • help boys develop respect for themselves and others, by providing them with opportunities for personal and social development;

During the first term all year groups (7-13) will move away from the classroom environment for an entire week. Staff will also be off timetable and will join the boys on camp and can benefit from the experiential learning as well as building stronger relationships with the boys. We currently undertake trips to Marlborough Sounds, Abel Tasman, Tongariro and Great Barrier OPC as well a variety of resources in the greater Wellington area.

College boys will experience overnight and week-long camps in the different natural environments that New Zealand is rich in. We offer them a taste and hopefully a love for the outdoors, along with the confidence and skills necessary to tackle new situations and challenges put in front of them

Camp destinations:

Year 7

Cultural awareness, camp & bush craft, service. Matiu Island (previously Somes) visit and Wellington City based activities including Waka Ama and Marae visit.

Teacher in charge is David Jackson.

For more information on activities, cost, where and what to do before please click here

Year 8

Marlborough sounds week away including bush walks, swim or kayak, horse riding.  Here the boys will enjoy some of the most beautiful views in the world.

“Surrounded by bush on three sides and Queen Charlotte Sound out front, what better place to get away from it all and relax, awaken to the singing of bellbirds and tuis. Enjoy one of the bush walks, a swim or kayak in the bay, zoom down the flying fox, test your skills on the confidence course, ride a horse bareback through the bush, or expend your excess energy by conquering Mount Kahikatea with it’s breathtaking views”.

More information:

Approximate cost will be $440

Teacher in charge Callum Brookes

For more information on activities, cost, where and what to do before please click here.

Year 9

Kaitoki regional park overnight tramp including overnight stay in tents. Rowing, Kayaking and mountain bike local terrain and take on new exciting challenges.

Teacher in charge is Geoff Hall

For more information on activities, cost, where and what to do before please click here.

Year 10

All boys attend Makahika outdoor pursuit centre, a  purpose built outdoor adventure facility with high rope, team building exercises, tramping, camping and more. This camp acts as a practice for Duke of Edinburgh bronze award. It is expected that all boys will complete the requirements during the year including the end of year expedition.

Teachers in charge are Seamus Flood.  For more information on activities, cost, where and what to do before please click here.

For inquiries regarding EOTC activities, please contact Mr Seamus Flood

Our Location

Scots College
1 Monorgan Road
Strathmore Park
Wellington 6022
New Zealand
Scots College
PO Box 15064
Wellington 6243
New Zealand