OUTDOOR EDUCATION


In an age where fewer and fewer schools are delivering opportunities for students in the outdoors, St Kevin’s College has an extensive range of opportunities for students to experience the great outdoors and develop skills in the outdoor pursuits. Through well planned and supervised activities students are encouraged to experience the challenges and diverse range of opportunities found in New Zealand’s spectacular environment.

Young New Zealanders Challenge (Duke of Edinburgh Programme)
Our Young New Zealanders’ Challenge programme has over 80 students involved within the various level of the programme. Students plan and conduct expeditions into the outdoor developing their skills and confidence as part of their progress towards gaining these awards. The highlight for many students involved in this scheme is the planning and participation of their extended outdoor expedition for their Gold Award.

Senior Physical Education Courses 
Year 12 and 13 students who take the Physical Education options at NCEA Level 2 and 3 are offered the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities that develop their skill set and enhance their appreciation for the beautiful New Zealand backcountry at our doorstep. The courses build leadership skills and offer a pathway into the country's burgeoning adventure tourism industry.

Year Level Camps 
Every year students are involved in year level camps and retreats that expose them to a range of activities and skills in a number of environments. In particular the Year 10 camp and retreat in the shadow of Mount Cook is a highlight for many students in their time at the college. This camp involves students in tramping, river crossings, kayaking, water activities, orienteering and camping which build skill levels and an awareness of the need for safety in the outdoors. It is always rewarding for staff to see the development in students through their experience in the outdoors and in their development of new skills.

Outdoor Clubs at St Kevin’s’ College
There are a number of clubs that provide opportunities for students to experience the outdoors and learn new skills. The school has kayaking, rock climbing and skiing clubs which regularly provide students with opportunities not only to participate in the outdoors but also to compete in competition with other schools in their chosen outdoor pursuit.