The junior school have opportunities to engage with Outdoor Education through participation in camps.
The Year 9 cohort go on camp at the beginning of the year called “Piki mai kake mai”. The name means ‘welcome on board’ and represents both the opportunity for students to get to know one another on a deeper level and expresses the focus of our camp: To fully induct and welcome students to the ‘Mairehau Way’, to come aboard our waka. The purpose of Piki mai kake mai is to introduce the students to various experiences that are not available to them on school site. Experiences such as mountain biking, river exploration, kayaking, tramping, abseiling, and a variety of sporting and adventure-based learning activities. In and through these activities the students will be developing their Key Competencies, particularly: learning to manage themselves, participating and contributing to their fullest capacity, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills in relating to others.
The Year 10 cohort go on camp at the end of the year called Tiketiketanga. The name means ‘Reach for the Sky,’ and represents both the opportunity for students to gain ‘REACH credits’ and expresses the focus of our camp: To develop aspirations and motivation for the future. Tiketiketanga is the concluding event for the Year 10 academic year, where students have the opportunity to solidify what they have learnt during the year and prepare to enter into the senior school and Level 1 of the NCEA framework. The students will be offered a number of Achievement and Unit Standards to attempt and therefore have the opportunity to gain Level 1 NECA credits. The purpose of Tiketiketanga is to introduce the students to various experiences that are not available to them on school site. Experiences such as the high ropes course at Adrenalin Forest, mountain biking through Bottle Lake Forest, surf awareness at Spencer Park beach, orienteering and navigation around the Brooklands Lagoon, and a variety of sporting and adventure-based learning activities. In and through these activities the students will be focusing on personal and social development (an increase in self-awareness; an increase in the awareness of the impact of actions on others; and behaviours which help the growth of others.) And physical and emotional safety (this also includes psychological, ecological and cultural safety.)
Pre-requisite for Senior Outdoor Education
To qualify for a senior outdoor education course the students must complete what has been affectionately termed ‘Mairehau’s Longest Day’. This is a challenge of body, soul and spirit that takes place across the span of Jacks Pass up to Lake Tennyson. The event is held during the fourth term and is not for the faint at heart. It involves a 7km run up Jacks Pass, a 38km MTB into Lake Tennyson, a 12km tramp around Mt Southy and back down the Mt McCabe side of the lake, and a 7km paddle across the lake and back. The day culminates at Hanmer hot springs for a soak and dinner.
Year 11 Outdoor Education
This course offers a variety of exciting modules: ABL/Low/High Ropes, Orienteering/Navigation, Mountain Biking, Weather/Snow/Alpine, Tramping/Camping, Water Safety/Rafting, Rock Climbing. There are many specific technical skills taught but a large focus of the course is on the development of interpersonal skills, teamwork, and building trust. The year is a personal journey of building confidence, self-discovery and learning to manage one’s self. The course also highlights progressions of critical thinking about safety.
Year 12 Outdoor Education
This course develops on the technical skills taught in OED 102, offering a variety of similar exciting modules: ABL/Low/High Ropes, Orienteering/Navigation, Mountain Biking, Weather/Snow/Alpine, Tramping/Camping, Water Safety/Rafting, and Rock Climbing. There is a continued pursuit of interpersonal skills, and an emphasis of building on teamwork and trust. The personal journey of pushing ones comfort zone is extended, building self-exploration and innovation. Thinking about safety extends from self to others, learning to mitigate real risks while increasing perceived risks to their own personal limitations.
Year 13 Outdoor Education
As Year 13 students the course leads the school in applying their expertise in the following areas: ABL/Low/High Ropes, Navigation/Orienteering, Mountain Biking, Camping/Tramping/River Crossing, Survival Skills, Weather Interpretation, Kayaking, Rock Climbing, and Caving. There is a shift in focus toward leadership and safety management, focusing on group motivation and coordination, risk analysis and mitigation. Students facilitate the Year 9 camp and what was EOTC trips, now become epic journeys the push personal and group boundaries to the limits. There is also a strong project-based environmental sustainability element to the course.
He oranga ngākau, he pikinga waiora.
Positive feelings in your heart will enhance your sense of self-worth.