Education Outside the Classroom

Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC)
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At St Patrick’s School we define environmental education as the experiences provided to students to explore natural environments and to develop respect and understanding of these environments in order to live sustainably. We also see environment education as an intrinsic component of our Catholic Special Character. Giving service, which is one of our charisms, can and should apply to giving service to Papatuanuku. Activities are designed to provide physical and mental challenges and opportunities for personal and social growth.
Objectives for Environmental and Outdoor Education:
We believe that the environmental and outdoor education opportunities and experiences that we provide for our students will enhance their learning and encourage them to:

  • Develop a greater awareness of themselves, and their roles in the school and their emerging roles in society.
  • Develop a greater awareness of their impact on planet earth.
  • See themselves in the role of kaitiaki of the environment and be responsible stewards.
  • Develop a greater appreciation of the great outdoors.
  • Gain knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that enable them to enjoy a safe and healthy lifestyle and to take increasing responsibility for their own safety and wellbeing.
  • Develop skills that will enhance their relationships with other people.
  • Participate and co-operate with community members and groups
  • Help to develop authentic and meaningful partnerships between the school, the local community and the local environment.

St Patrick’s School Outdoor Education Curriculum /  School Camp:
As a part of our formal Outdoor Education programme we provide regular school camps and activities.
In addition to day trips outside of the classroom environment, we often plan a day trip to Tekapo for snow tubing, Ice skating and hot pools or alternatively the local ski field (Term Three).
Each year we plan a school camp for all the students. This is a graduated programme based on our outdoor education curriculum objectives and varies in length and intensity depending on the age of the students. The location can change from year to year and may involve camping (ie: tents) or bunking.
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