Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Miss J. Rutherford

Recommended Prior Learning

Reasonable attainment of Level 1 NCEA credits is recommended with Outdoor Education 12F an advantage but not essential.

Outdoor Education introduces students to our unique natural environment and develops an appreciation and respect for the outdoors. Outdoor Education students will develop skills in self-management, group support and teamwork, accepting challenges and making informed decisions using sound judgement. There is a focus on preparing the students to be independent and informed users of the outdoors.

Coursework based in practical contexts includes: camping, tramping, trip planning, assessing weather, navigation, safety management, outdoor first aid, mountain biking, snow skills, environmental sustainability, ropes challenges and adventure-based learning and rock climbing. This includes a significant number of trips during school time. Students are expected to manage the workload and commitments to make themselves available for practical assessment opportunities.

Students will aim to complete a programme of assessment that includes a combination of the standards outlined. Students with previous experience, passion and skill in outdoor education may attempt a larger number of standards. The assessment programme is a mixture of Achievement and Unit Standards and all of the standards are internally assessed.

Future Possibilities
This course will develop an awareness and knowledge of outdoor environments, which may lead to further study in a range of outdoor professions including Adventure Tourism, Outdoor instruction, Eco-Tourism, Conservation and Environmental Education.

Learning Areas:

Health & Physical Education

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

A donation will be requested to defray the costs of overnight camps up to a maximum of $300.00.

Students may need to provide some of their own equipment for aspects of this course including basic outdoor clothing and equipment – raincoat (waterproof and preferably breathable), thermal base layer clothing, synthetic or wool insulation layer clothing, sturdy footwear, sleeping bag and mountain bike.