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.

For inquiries regarding EOTC activities, please contact Peter Connell.

Please complete the registration before the end of week 1 of Term 4 (16th October).

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- https://www.raglanrock.com/

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)

Overview

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 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: OPC Great Barrier Island

Cost – approx. $1300 (including flights) – deposit $600

A group booking has been made for this group. They will depart Sunday morning from Wellington Airport and arrive on the Sunday evening (14th March) so that they can start first thing Monday Morning (15th March). All camps finish on Friday the 19th and students should be home by late afternoon on Friday 19th March (Week 7 of Term 1). 

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 – This will require a moderate level of fitness. No prior experience is necessary, but you must be able to tramp for up to 3 hours. We will have guides, instructors and staff there on hand. All that is required is an open mind, teamwork and a good attitude.

Option 2: OPC Tongariro (different to Geo trip)

Cost – approx. $1000 (includes WW rafting) – deposit $500

The Tongariro and GBI expeditions both depart and arrive on the Sunday evening (14th March) so that they can start first thing Monday Morning (15th March). All camps finish on Friday the 20th and students should be home by late afternoon on Friday 19th March (Week 7 of Term 1). 

The bus for Tongariro will leave approximately 9:30am on the Sunday. More detailed instructions will be given once the ballot has been drawn at the close of registrations (7th Feb).

OPC Activities:

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

OPC – This will require a moderate level of fitness. No prior experience is necessary but you must be able to tramp for up to 3 hours. We will have guides, instructors and staff there on hand. All that is required is an open mind, team work and a good attitude.

Option 3: Open Water Diver Certificate

Cost – approx. $600 – deposit $300

The 3rd option for this year group is to complete an open water diver certificate out of Island Bay during this week. This course is locally based and has some flexibility on when and how you complete the certificate. It is usually done over a Sunday-Sunday stretch with some theory lessons, some pool practice dives and some open water practice dives. All equipment will be provided.

You will need a doctor’s certificate to complete this if you suffer from Asthma. Water confidence is also a requirement.

There will be three groups meeting on various days for lessons and dives over the time-frame. These groups likely include weekends which should be considered prior to registering. Dates range from Sunday 15th March – Sunday 22nd March. Transport will be provided to boarders only, and all groups will have to complete theory component (several hours) online prior to starting pool sessions. All groups have 2-3 pool sessions at Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre before they complete their two Open Water dives in Island Bay.

Dive Wellington based in Island Bay http://www.divewellington.co.nz/

What to do before:

Dive – If you are asthmatic or have any circulatory or respiratory conditions you will need a doctors certificate. Water confidence is more important than swimming ability.

Option 4: Vocational – Sport Education

Cost – approx. $180 – deposit $100

Mon 16th/Tue 17th – Sport Wgtn – coaching

Wed 18thOnline First Aid (8:45-12:30). Circus School (1:30-3:00)

Thu 19th  – Practical First Aid (8:45-1pm). High Performance centre visit (ASB) 2-3pm

Fri 20thAdrenalin Forest (10am-1pm)

Important information:
It is great that the students have input into where they are going for EOTC week. This does however create some logistical challenges as all of these camps have maximum number limits and transport needs to be finalised. For these reasons I ask that all year 12 students register by the end of week 1, Term 4 2020. Registering will not incur any charge but will allow us to confirm bookings.

The deposits will be charged out on the 26th February. This deposit is non-refundable as it covers the fixed costs associated with group bookings. There is need for a cut-off date for any student withdrawals, and for these camps it is Friday 19th February. EOTC is a compulsory part of the College program. To withdraw your child for any or all of the week you must first gain permission from the Senior School Principal. After this date your deposit may not be refunded. I am aware that at times there are exceptional circumstances, the Principal reserves the right of discretion in these circumstances.

What to do now:
Register! You need to do this ASAP. A link has been emailed to you by our server or alternatively you can access it via PC schools Parent Portal – available forms see image below.

You will be able to list any specific dietary and medical requirements here. Repeat for each child. Registering will not incur any charge but will allow us to confirm final bookings.

Teacher in Charge:

Tongariro OPC – Eloise Wright wrighte@scotscollege.school.nz

Great Barrier Island OPC – Stephen Lawrenson lawrensons@scotscollege.school.nz

PADI Dive Certificate – Nick Sinnamon sinnamonn@scotscollege.school.nz

Vocational Sport Coaching – Gabrielle ORourke orourkeg@scotscollege.school.nz

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 helpdesk@scotscollege.school.nz

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