Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) is defined as all those events that occur outside the classroom, both on- and off-site, including all curriculum, sporting, and cultural activities. It also includes overseas trips.

The school's EOTC activities support and enhance the New Zealand Curriculum.

Students learn through experiences appropriate to their needs and environment. Students need a variety of experiences for maximum development, and should be given opportunities to explore and learn from the world outside the classroom.

Ngahere Friyay's

Every Friday we spend our entire school day exploring our local Ngahere, located at the Mangaweka Campground. This nature based learning connects our akonga with their local environment and provides plenty of opportunity to discover and learn about different eco-systems and the habitats of our native bird and plant life. As an Enviroschool, we share our passion and commitment to learning about sustainability by connecting and contributing to our local community.


Being a rural school we rely on parent support for supervision and transport. This support is greatly appreciated to ensure our country children have a wide range of learning experiences. We follow the NZ Transport safety regulations when transporting in cars – especially the government car seat rules.

Children who receive support from special education services or those with special needs (medical, educational, capability) may have a lower adult /student ratio or a negotiated 1:1 with an adult known to the child. This will be determined through timely consultation, between the teacher in charge, parent or caregiver based on the identified risks within the specific EOTC environment. These risks will be noted in the Risk Analysis and Management form (RAMs) developed by the teachers or facility visited. The final decision will be determined by the principal to encompass the safety of all children and adults.

EOTC programmes, events, activities, and experiences:

  • enhance learning, through a variety of well-designed, first-hand experiences

  • provide experiences for students that encourage awareness of the values and philosophies of the tangata whenua, and with other cultures within the school community

  • increase students' knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the school area, local district, and other familiar and unfamiliar places

  • promote ecological awareness and personal responsibility towards the environment

  • develop students' skills in observation, recording, and organisation

  • help students develop self-confidence and a sense of adventure

  • assist students in their social development by placing them with others in unfamiliar situations

  • help students develop an attitude of responsibility, particularly towards their own safety and that of others

  • provide students with opportunities to work together in a group.

  • follow Ministry of Education regulations and guidelines on safety and supervision, risk management, leadership, and legal requirements

  • ensure adequate ongoing training for all staff involved in EOTC, including support staff attending approved workshops, seminars, courses and training, and assessment schemes.

EOTC programmes provide students with access to hands-on experiences that are not available inside the classroom. They offer unique and stimulating learning opportunities that support your child’s learning and achievement.

These programmes are aligned with the National Curriculum.

These pages suggest ways you can assist your child’s school to maximise learning and safety during EOTC experiences.

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