Education Outside the Classroom

(16-20 March 2020)

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.

For inquiries regarding EOTC activities, please contact Peter Connell.

For logistical reasons can you please complete the registration before the end of week 2 (Friday 7th Feb).

Year 11

The students will have a choice of 4 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.

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. $840 – deposit $400)

Enjoy Canyoning, Glow worm Canyoning, Caving and Rock Climbing! Depart school by bus in the morning of Sun 15th March so as to 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-

Teacher in charge: Mike Mcknight

Option 2: Rail Trail Mountain Bike

(Cost – approx. $250 – deposit $200 (with own bike))

The week will start with a skills and trail day at Makara peak. Tuesday will be a day trip to Owhiro Bay. Wednesday will be the start of a 3 day/2night expedition. Leaving from Kaitoki regional park on Day 1 (Wednesday), the group will proceed on to the start of the Rimtuaka Rail Trail and follow that until they reach Ocean Beach road. The group will set up camp for the night at the Rimutaka Forest Park. Day 2 (Thursday) will see them round the peninsular and set up camp in catchpool (Wainui). Day 3 (Friday) will sees the group complete a morning ride and then finish up back at Days Bay Pavillion where students 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 $50-60pd).

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

Option 3: Wellington Walkways including Kapiti Island

(Cost – approx. $200 – deposit $200)


Day 1: Paekoakariki escarpment (day trip)
Day 2: Kapiti Island see the following link for details
Day 3: Rock climbing (Petone)
Day 4: Somes Island
Day 5: Eastbourne

Option 4: Abel Tasman walk

(Cost – approx. $450 – deposit $200)

Trampling the length of the National park, depart Monday and return Friday.

Day 1
Monday 16 March: 8.30am Ferry to Picton, bus to Kaiteriteri. 4.00pm boat to Totaranui. Camp here the first night.

Day 2-4
Tramp to Bark Bay and camp and Tramp to Anchorage camp

Day 5
Friday 19 March: 7.00am Boat to Kaiteriteri. Bus to Picton. 1.30pm Ferry to Wellington. 5.00pm return.

Teacher in Charge:

  • Cycle – Craig Morrison
  • Wellington Walk – Anthony Rehutai
  • Raglan – Mike McKnight
  • Abel Tasman Walk– Alistair Hamilton

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

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.

Year 12

The theme of the year 12 camp is ‘Leadership’.

There are 4 options for this year group.

Option 1: Great Barrier Island. (OPC) – Approx Costs $1300 (Inc Flights)
Option 2: Tongariro (OPC)- Approx Costs $950
Option 3: Open Water Dive Certificate (OPC) – Approx Costs $600
Option 4: Vocational [(OPC)

  • Barista course or Intro to coffee making – Approx Costs $500
  • Sports Education – Approx Costs $180

The majority of the students will attend Hillary Outdoors Pursuits Centres at either Tongariro or Great Barrier Island. The 3rd option for this year group is to complete an open water diver certificate out of Island Bay during the week, we now have a fourth option for this year group based locally in Wellington.

There is provision for only 40 students at GBI and also a limited number for the dive option. We use a ballot system to decide who goes where if one of the camps is oversubscribed. If you are not registered by the 7th of February, you will have no chance to join an oversubscribed camp. Selections for these are on the registration consent and medical form link below, it will also ask for a 2nd choice. Please complete this online form ASAP to secure your favoured option.

OPC Activities:

Raft building, high ropes, food preparation, kayak and other water based activities, abseil and team building exercises. Both of these camps have an overnight tramp/camp experience but are otherwise lodged in cabins during their stay.

OPC in Tongariro has a white water rafting option at an extra cost of $75. Please check out the website below for further information to the weeks’ activities.

Here is a link for additional information.

Teacher in Charge:

  • Tongariro OPC – Eloise Wright
  • Great Barrier Island OPC – Stephen Lawrenson
  • PADI Dive Certificate – Nick Sinnamon
  • Vocational – Gabby O’Rourke

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

Year 13

The students will be involved in a 2 day leadership conference run by Swivel. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the students will be involved in activities including a cooking contest at ‘Social Cooking’, climbing, kayaking and SUP at Fergs.

Teacher in charge:

  • Victoria Papadopoulos. 

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

Online Consent & Registration (Not Live Yet)

Parent Portal (Spider/PCSchool) – Consent Form Registration. For Technical problems please contact helpdesk at

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