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

The students will be undertaking a variety of activities to explore different cultures, taking part in a traditional Maori hangi, learning about Poi and the Haka, making Chinese dumplings and learning about martial arts, competing in a mini Tour de France, dancing traditional Spanish dances and so much more.

Teacher in charge is Scott Giffin.

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Year 8

The students will be undertaking a variety of activities in the beautiful Nelson Lakes National Park, the outdoor pursuits centre provides a wide variety obstacle courses, physical and team challenges all with a lake and mountain as the backdrop. The lake is safe to swim in and will be open to students when supervised.

Teacher in charge Callum Brookes

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Year 9

Navigate the Whanganui river over three nights. The contractor will supply pre-trip accommodation in Ohakune on the Monday night (not dinner).  They will supply of canoes, paddles, barrels, bailers, life jackets, ropes, maps, personal locator beacons, guides (1 per 12 students), food (breakfast, lunch, dinner each day) and all cooking equipment.

There will be a walk option for those just simply too afraid of the prospect of kayaking down the river. I can assure you a robust level of Health & Safety will be adhered to on the river but I understand that there may be some who would prefer a land based option. To this avenue I have arranged a simultaneous trip to happen that starts and finishes at the same place. The walk is the “3-day Tongariro Northern Circuit” (the Mountain to Sea walk).

Scots College will need students to provide tents, sleeping mats and bags, clothes, personal requirements, snacks, plates, cups, bowl, utensils for meals. Meal for evening before departure and breakfast. Transport will depart and arrive at Scots College.

These requirements are for both tramping or canoeing.

Teacher in charge is Mark Redgrave

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Year 10

The theme of the Year 10 camp is ‘Responsible Risk Taking’. The boys will be based at Makahika Outdoor Pursuits Centre, near Levin.

From there, the boys will be split into three groups. During the first day each group of boys will be covering some requirements for the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award with instructors.  Everyone will have the opportunity to tramp out to Tim’s Bush hut for an overnight stay in tents. The rest of the time the boys will be lodged in tents and cabins on the main sight. The groups will rotate through activities which include Rogaine (type of bush orienteering) and a high and low ropes course and flying fox.  Further activities will be added in as time allows.

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

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For inquiries regarding EOTC activities, please contact Mr Seamus Flood

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