(To see some photos of our OED experiences over the years, click here.)
 

Howick College offers a unique outdoor education programme. All Year 9 students experience the traditional and popular three-day camp at our facility at Waharau Regional Park. Activities include kayaking, yachting, mountain biking, archery, orienteering, camp crafts and a range of other outdoor pursuits.


Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 Outdoor Education are option choices that see senior students gain NCEA qualifications, and skills and experience in: kayaking, rock-climbing, surfing, canyoning, multi-day tramping, mountaineering, caving, mountain biking, orienteering, first aid, snorkeling, lifesaving and outdoor survival.
 
With our increasingly sedentary lifestyles dominated by screens, a mounting body of research is endorsing the importance of wilderness experiences for young adults in regards to their increased mental and physical health, improved concentration and study habits, enhanced self esteem and creativity, consideration towards others, a clearer sense of self, purpose and responsibility and a lasting appreciation for the outdoors.
 
Year 12 and 13 students log all their practical experiences which can later be summarised for inclusion in their curriculum vitae.  Most employers appreciate the life-long skills and attributes developed from challenging outdoor experiences including being organised, planning ahead, managing risk, teamwork, problem solving, using initiative, coping with adversity, self-reliance and leadership.
 
Outdoor Education also supports a range of career options including jobs within an expanding adventure and eco-tourism industry, educational institutions, recreation centres, natural resources governance, the defence and police forces.  13OED graduates continue to experience 100% success at gaining places onto sometimes limited entry outdoor education tertiary courses.

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