Our Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) programmes in the Junior School provide students with access to hands-on experiences that enable our girls to make connections in learning and make better sense of the world they live in. During Term 1 our Year 3 and Year 4 classes have their annual camps where they get to sleep overnight and do various activities that develop their skills and attitudes in a range of settings and contexts.
The Year 3 team had their first overnight camp sleeping in the Junior School, with day trips to Brick Bay Sculpture Walk near Warkworth and to the Auckland War Memorial Museum to participate in the He Kete Mataranga Maori cultural experience. In the evening we gathered together for a lovely family picnic dinner before the girls farewelled their parents in preparation for their campfire and sleepover.
The Year 4 team went on their successful camp to Sonshine Ranch near Papakura. The girls got to do a range of activities from horse trekking, zip lining, kayaking on a dam, a giant rope swing, an evening walk to glow worms, and lots walking between activities on the farmland.
We were thrilled by the girls’ risk taking and perseverance in the many new activities in each of these year group experiences. My sincere thanks to all of the teachers in organising and planning such connected, safe and rewarding EOTC experiences for our girls. Thanks too to the parents for helping in many ways whether as parent camp supervisors or helping by providing baking. Each one of us helps build this wonderful learning community for the benefit of our girls.