Education Outside the Classroom
Education Outside the Classroom takes many forms from the traditional camps for Years 5-8 to trips to a variety of locations such as the art gallery, zoo or museum to enhance curricular learning.
There is much to be gained from these experiences beyond the school gates. These ventures help put learning into a real life context. They encourage our boys to develop confidence and self-awareness, enhancing personal growth and interpersonal relationships.
We use a range of resources and environments to create these unique experiences and always use high quality professional organisations and facilities. On all trips, teachers, instructors and parents work together to make the boys experience successful and memorable.
The Junior School EOTC programme focuses on exposing the boys to a variety of cross curricular activities to enhance their understanding of the world around them, underpin learning in the classroom and support inquiry. Trips include visits to MOTAT, Kelly Tarlton’s, Auckland city, the observatory, Howick Historical Village, the guide dog centre and other local resources. In Year 3 boys spend an exciting night at the zoo as part of the Auckland Zoo’s Snooze programme.
Lifelong skills are developed throughout the junior school years, blending the different subject areas to enhance learning experiences. In the school environment, other experiences have included visits from Police, Saint Johns’, the fire brigade, speakers, story tellers and performers.
The Middle School years continue to build on the boys’ understanding of the world around them. Through the EOTC programmes boys are encouraged to explore, challenge and experience a variety of opportunities.
During the year boys undertake various day trips in the Auckland area. One of the highlights is the annual visit to Tiritiri Matangi Island. Here the boys see work being done by DOC to assist New Zealand’s endangered species.
Classes spend three days and two nights at Peter Snell Youth Village in Whangaparaoa. The boys experience pursuits such as kayaking, climbing, archery, and team building exercises. For many, this is the first time away from home for an extended period.
Classes spend a week at The Marine Education and Recreation Centre (MERC) located on Auckland’s North Shore. The focus for this camp is water based and the boys are given opportunities to explore the marine environment. Activities include kayaking, surfing, marine education, abseiling, confidence and team building pursuits. All activities are led by professionally qualified instructors.
In the Senior School, there is a camp week for all the Year 7 and 8 boys early in Term 1. The boys are given opportunities to gain independence and a significant emphasis is placed on the growth of self esteem, development of relationships and confidence gained through challenges.
Classes spend a week at the YMCA Camp Adair in the Hunua Ranges and is used as an orientation camp. The primary objective of this week is to create bonds and relationships between the current students and the new intake of boys at Year 7. The camp is designed to challenge the boys with mainly land based activities such as high ropes, orienteering and hiking.
Classes spend a week on Matakana Island near Tauranga. This camp elevates the responsibility of the boys who cook all their meals and spend the week in tents. The pursuits are designed to challenge the boys and are a culmination of all their camp experiences at the Boys’ School. The boys take part in land and water based activities including beach challenges, surf survival, bush craft, bivouac building, sailing, kayaking, mountain biking, community service and Maori cultural experiences. One of the highlights of this camp is the hangi.