EOTC – Education Outside the Classroom

Education Outside The Classroom (EOTC) is a valued part of the Scots curriculum. Taking students 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’ 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.

We aim to:

  • provide students with opportunities to be challenged 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 students’ awareness and understanding of the traditions and values of their own and other cultural groups;
  • increase studets’ understanding of different perspectives on land, natural resources and the environment, and of the need for conservation management;
  • provide students with opportunities for enjoyment, adventure and challenge, both close to home and far away;
  • provide students with opportunities to enhance spiritual, physical and mental well-being through uplifting experiences in a natural environment;
  • develop students’ skills so they can move with confidence and safety in urban, rural and wilderness settings;
  • help students 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 groups on camp and can benefit from the experiential learning as well as building stronger relationships with the students. We currently undertake trips to Marlborough Sounds, Abel Tasman, Tongoriro and Great Barrier OPC as well a variety of resources in the greater Wellington area.

Camp Destinations

Year 11

The boys will have a choice of 3 camps. They will be with their camp of choice for the entire week. Please read the details of each below and be prompt in your registration as it has major impacts on logistics. For logistical reasons can you please complete the registration before the end of week 3 (Friday 16th Feb).

Note: There are limited numbers available on the walk and cycle options. We use a ballot system to decide who goes where if one of the camps is oversubscribed. Selections for preferences are on the consent on medical form link which has been emailed out. We will also ask for a 2nd choice in the case we can’t offer you your first choice. Please complete this online form ASAP to secure your favoured option.

Option 1: Raglan Rock (Cost – approx. $830)

Enjoy Canyoning, Glow worm Canyoning, Caving and Rock Climbing! Depart school by bus in the morning of Sun 8th April so as allow for travel and start first thing Monday

“Raglan Rock is a New Zealand outdoor adventure company based in the beautiful and world famous seaside town of Raglan. We offer a range of exhilarating tours for people of all ages and abilities, giving you the opportunity to explore New Zealand’s true nature while getting your adrenaline kick! Come along and join us for one of our adventures. Climb, abseil, jump off waterfalls, day or night, surround yourself with glowworms, go caving underground or explore some of Raglan’s local climbing areas”.

See the website for further information- https://www.raglanrock.com/

Full Programme can be found here.

Please click here to register

Option 2: Rail Trail Mountain Bike

Cost – approx. $250 (with own bike)

The week will start with a skills and trail day at Makara peak. Day 2 will be another day trip locally. Wednesday will be the start of a 3 day/2night expedition. Leaving from Days Bay Pavilion near Eastbourne the group will ride to Kaitoki regional park on Day 1. The group will then proceed on to the start of the Rimtuaka Rail Trail and follow that until the reach Ocean beach road. The group will set up camp for the night at the Rimutaka Forest Park. Day 3 sees the group complete a full circle of the peninsular and finish up back at Days Bay Pavillion where boys will be collected or transported home from. I have supplied a map of day 2/3 below. Rental bikes can be arranged for this camp at a discounted price (approx $50pd).

Here is a link to a video the boys created from a trip in previous trip

Please click here to register

Option 3: Walkways including Kapiti Island (Cost – approx. $420)

Overview – Paekakariki Escarpment on Monday, Kapiti Island trek and overnight stay (Tuesday&Wednesday), day trips to Mount KauKau and Red Rocks on Thursday and Friday.

Day 1: Paekoakariki escarpment (day trip)

Day 2 and 3: Kapiti Island (Overnight trip) see the following link for details

Day 4: Mt KauKau (day trip)

Day  : Red Rocks (day trip)

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

Please click here to register

Keen to help or join us?

We have some provision for parents to join us on the cycle and walking camps. Please indicate this on the registration and medical form.

Teacher in Charge:

Cycle – Mike Royds roydsm@scotscollege.school.nz

Walk – Peter Connell connellp@scotscollege.school.nz

Raglan – Mike McKnight mcknightm@scotscollege.school.nz

Year 12

Currently the year 12 students use the Outdoor Pursuit Centres in Tongariro or Great Barrier Island for a week of outdoor adventure. This includes high rope challenges, white water rafting, team building and more.  Here is a link for additional information.

There is a third option – completing an open water dive certificate. This is only available to a small number of students.

Teachers in charge are Tim Flack, Matt Clayton and Kevin James.

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

Please click here to register

Year 13

Leadership conference based at school. We currently have an outside contractor ‘Full On’ come in and work with the boys. They are also involved in team building exercises.

Teacher in charge is Jason Laverock. For more information on activities, cost, where and what to do before please click here.

For inquiries regarding EOTC activities, please contact Peter Connell.

Please click here to register

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