EOTC

 

Education Outside the Classroom

EOTC programmes provide students with access to hands-on experiences that are not available inside the classroom. They offer unique and stimulating learning opportunities that support your child’s learning and achievement.

These programmes are linked to and inspired by our PYP Programme of Inquiry and aligned with the NZ Curriculum. Each team plans their own trips, so check with teachers and Directors of Learning for more information!

EOTC programmes, events, activities, and experiences:

  • enhance learning, through a variety of well-designed, first-hand experiences
  • provide experiences for students that encourage awareness of the values and philosophies of the tangata whenua, and with other cultures within the school community
  • increase students’ knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the school area, local district, and other familiar and unfamiliar places
  • promote ecological awareness and personal responsibility towards the environment
  • develop students’ skills in observation, recording, and organisation
  • help students develop self-confidence and a sense of adventure
  • assist students in their social development by placing them with others in unfamiliar situations
  • help students develop an attitude of responsibility, particularly towards their own safety and that of others
  • provide students with opportunities to work together in a group.

Safety

Our priority is to maximise learning and safety during EOTC experiences. All trips are carefully planned and supported by a Risk Management Plan approved by the principal. The programme below can change depending on availability of venues, weather and staff. All EOTC activities are notified to tamariki and whanau through school notices. Some experiences require formal parent permission, via a paper or digital form.

Our EOTC policy is reviewed biannually and can be viewed here.

Camps

Our Team Rock Solid (years 5-6) and Team at the Top (years 7-8) each attend a camp annually. These are both for two nights and involve many outdoor activities as well as communal camp life!

  Odd years Even years
Team Rock Solid Term 1 – Woodend Term 1 – Living Springs
Team at the Top Term 3 – Hanmer Springs Term 1 – Omaka Scout Camp

 

I want to help

Most of our EOTC experiences require parent volunteers to support the teachers and tamariki. For day trips, volunteers will need to complete a Volunteer Agreement (this can be done once and kept on file for multiple trips). For overnight trips, volunteers will need to be police checked. This can be initiated through the school office and takes about six weeks to process.

Volunteers need to agree to the following:

  • I am willing to comply with requests of staff and follow safety procedures they have set.
  • I am willing to assist in aspects of running the event, based on information I have supplied.
  • I agree that I am bound by the school Privacy policy and will maintain confidentiality regarding children and families at the school.
  • I agree that I am bound by the Alcohol, Drugs and other Harmful Substances policy and will not be consuming or be under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, or other harmful substances when supervising or in the presence of students.
  • I agree that I am bound by the Smokefree policy and will not smoke anywhere on the school grounds, including the road patrol area and EOTC venue, or when supervising students.
  • I accept the terms of my involvement as stated above.