Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education @ Katikati College

Katikati College’s outdoor adventure programme is continually being developed and improved. Students spend approximately eight hours per week on the programme and the remainder of their time is spent in regular academic classes. Outdoor education is an integral part of the senior curriculum in the areas of Geography, Biology, Sports Science, Recreation and Tourism and provides students with an exciting range of opportunities and activities. The outdoor education programme is essentially the study of adventure pursuits and the development of inter-personal skills and personal qualities that build confidence and skills.

We actively encourage our International students to become a member of a sports team: Rugby, Hockey, Soccer, Netball, Basketball, Badminton, Golf, Volleyball Tennis and Cricket.

Students can work toward a variety of qualifications, including New Zealand Qualifications Authority Unit Standards, as well as the Duke of Edinburgh Award through our Outdoor Adventure Club and our International Student Achievement Award.

Through the course, students learn the necessary skills required for a successful career in the outdoors. They also gain important personal development skills that can be transferred to any workplace or career path. Skills such as effective leadership, self-confidence, co-operative learning, teamwork, problem solving, decision making and group analysis, along with the knowledge of fitness and nutrition gained from the course, stand students in good stead for any challenge they may face in future. During the course, students will have the opportunity to participate in activities such as:
  • Kayaking
  • Golf
  • Spirit of New Zealand Voyage
  • Equestrian
  • Bushcraft
  • Hiking/tramping
  • Rock climbing
  • Mountain biking
  • Snow craft, skiing/snowboarding
  • Orienteering
  • Boat and water safety
  • Surfing
  • First aid
  • Long boarding/paddleboard
  • Surf safety
  • Camping & Leadership
  • Fishing
  • Mystery Creek Agricultural Field days

Outdoor Education Activities

Term 1 (February-April)

  • Kayaking
  • Horse riding
  • Surfing/Paddle boarding
  • Fishing & Dive Course
  • Camping & Leadership

Term 2 (May-July)

  • Navigation
  • Tramping
  • OPC Tongariro
  • Rafting
  • Waitomo Caves
Term 3 (July -September)
  • Mountain Skills
  • Snowboarding & skiing
  • Adventure Based Learning & Mountain biking
  • First Aid
  • Kayaking
Term 4 (October-November)
  • Wanganui River Trip
  • Camping
  • Fishing and Diving, Paddle Boarding
  • Horse riding
  • Tongariro crossing

Other activities which may be extra

  • Year 7 camp acting as camp leaders for Year seven Students Camp
  • Orientation week activities, transport, costs during the first week of school
  • Year 13 camp
  • Outdoor Adventure club trips
  • Year 11 Geography trip to Rotorua/Tarawera
  • Year 12 Biology
  • Tourism trip to Rotorua, Skiing/Snowboarding on Mt Ruapehu
  • Trip to Mystery Creek Field day, Rangiuru Sales, Kiwifruit Packhouse

Outdoor Education at Katikati College is available to the senior school at NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3. The programmes offered include: Adventure Based Learning, Rock Climbing, Abseiling, Mountain Biking, Caving, Camping, Snow Sport, Tramping, Equestrian, Surfing/paddle boarding, Snorkeling, Diving and Kayaking and Duke of Edinburgh Award. Our Outdoor Adventure club participates in the Genesis Energy Hilary Challenge at OPC, Multi sport events including regularly use of high ropes courses.

Outdoor Education is a very popular subject choice at the College and each year class numbers have to be capped to ensure appropriate instructor/student ratios.

Over 95% of the Outdoor Education programme is delivered within the stunning Bay of Plenty region. This enables the College to deliver programmes in an authentic outdoor bush and harbour setting.

The school campus is further enhanced by its close proximity to the Tauranga Harbour, and Kaimai/Mamaku State Forest Park tramping tracks, abseiling and rock climbing sites as well as excellent fishing, surfing & kayaking.

International students are integrated into the mainstream Outdoor & Sport programmes offered at Katikati College.This means students have the chance to see a more natural, pure New Zealand alongside local students.

Students also have the opportunity to “experience New Zealand” International students get to experience farm visits, heritage walks, tourist attractions and many other places that our beautiful country has to offer.

Outdoor Education and the International programme is taught by a number of fully trained and qualified secondary teachers who have many years experience in a variety of schools and participate in a wide range of Sport & outdoor adventure activities.

  • Juliet Dunlop-Fraser –TIC EOTC, Sports Co-ordinator
  • Adam Walter – HOF PE & Health
  • Simon Quinn – TIC Outdoor Education
  • Angus Donaldson – TIC Rugby
  • Nicky Geary – TIC Outdoor Adventure Club, TIC Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Katherine O’Sullivan – TIC Netball
  • Angus Donaldson – Outdoor Education/Sports Science
  • Sandy Kindley – TIC Health, TIC Hockey
  • Barbara Jacobson – TIC Equestrian
  • Jill Tompsett – International Student Manager

Juliet is heavily involved in facilitating all sporting activities & competitions in the school. She is keen on hockey, tramping and camping. Juliet also calls on outside tutors & mentors to help deliver programmes where needed.

Simon has been actively involved in setting up Risk Management documentation and policies for the EOTC Programme that operates at Katikati College. He prides himself on our safety record and endeavours to eliminate or at least minimise risks to participants in all activities.

Equestrian Academy @ Katikati College

Places are available for International students to be a part of the Equestrian Academy.

Riding lessons and Pony club involvement for beginner riders.

Experienced riders compete with our Equestrian teams at ODE’s and other competitions in the Bay ofPlenty/Thames Valley area.

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