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Outdoor Education

At Waikato Diocesan we aim to develop balanced young women who are empowered to meet their full potential and we provide a wide variety of learning experiences to achieve this. Our outdoor education camps provide the opportunity for girls to push themselves beyond their comfort zones in a controlled 
environment. Together they learn to manage risk responsibly, while challenging themselves physically. In doing so their confidence and self esteem is enhanced and their relationships with their peers are strengthened. Teamwork, group interaction and basic outdoor skills are woven into the programmes. 

At Dio we strongly believe that the environment, the culture and the history of the places we visit are essential to our sense of identity as New Zealanders and our place as citizens and custodians of the land. This is a theme that is woven throughout our camp programme from Year 9 to Year 12

To ensure that the experiences are challenging and that safety is paramount the school uses specialist and experienced outdoor education providers www.bigfootadventures.co.nz with a low student / instructor ratio to lead the students on all activities and manage the camps. A number of our staff  accompany the students for pastoral support and to provide assistance with some of the camp activities.  We also consult and work with guidelines worked out by the Mountain Safety Council and other independent organisations. 

Look in the sub pages for more information about each camp as the time comes closer.  We will send home medical forms and letters with the students but just in case they get lost on the way you will also be able to download them on the individual camp pages.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact the Outdoor Education Coordinator.