At Waikato Diocesan School 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 so doing, their confidence and self- esteem are enhanced and their relationships with their peers are strengthened.
Teamwork, group interaction and basic outdoor skills are woven into this programme. To ensure that the experiences are challenging and that safety is paramount, the school uses specialist and experienced outdoor education providers (Bigfoot Adventures) with a low student/instructor ratio to lead the students on all activities and manage the camp. A number of our staff and some parents will accompany the students for pastoral support and to provide assistance with some of the camp activities.
The activities include kayaking, mountain biking, archery, rock climbing, waka ama, orienteering, bushcraft, camp craft and tramping.
The Year 9 outdoor education camp is a four day residential programme, with a major focus on the orientation of our new students. All girls attend the same camp. Within the camp students will be placed in smaller activity groups formed across the form classes. This ensures that the girls are mixed and have the opportunity to develop relationships throughout the year level.