LEOTC - Learning and Education Outside the Classroom

Tauranga Intermediate School is very fortunate to own and administer an outdoor education facility. The Ngamuwahine Outdoor Education Lodge is nestled at the foot of the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park and is one of our favourite classrooms.

Annual enhancements to the lodge make it a state- of-the-art centre for our outdoor education programme, promoting adventure based activities where our motto is ‘challenge through encouragement’.

Students attend the lodge for a five day camp in Year Seven and again in Year Eight and will be faced with a challenging programme provided by our Head of Outdoor Education - Mr Gerry Hart. The ‘Ngamuwahine Experience’ is interwoven into the classroom providing a powerful experience for all students.

Activities involving students range from rock climbing to high ropes, from mountain biking to tramping and from rafting to paint ball. A truly adventurous programme. A remarkable difference is noted in a student’s personal confidence and self esteem once they have attended the lodge.

In addition, students will be involved in a range of outdoor learning experiences that are closely linked to inquiry topics centred around Mathematics, English, Science and The Arts. These experiences make learning powerful within classroom environments.

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