Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


TPP takes local school into the outdoors

TPP takes local school into the outdoors

Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) is working with a local primary school on an outdoor programme that’s helping build confidence and teamwork in the classroom.

Paroa School teacher Andrew SintonWhite says the school this year decided to take on the William Pike Challenge Award (WPCA). The yearlong outdoor education programme will see 22 Year 8 students take on eight outdoor challenges, spend 20 hours in the community and develop a new sport, skill or hobby. Paroa School is one of two West Coast schools to take on the challenge this year.

Andrew asked TPP to help the school deliver the outdoor education programme – ensuring pupils experienced the best of the West Coast outdoors under professional guidance and in a safe environment. The latest event saw all 22 pupils spend a day kayaking on Lake Brunner under the guidance of TPP tutors and students.

“We have been really lucky to have TPP’s certified instructors and students involved in the challenge.

The competence of the TPP trainees was something that has impressed me so far – as far as I can see, TPP is not just teaching students how to run outdoor experiences, it’s also developing leaders who can independently manage a group over a one or two day event,” Andrew says.

TPP Outdoor Education Tutor Zak Shaw says the WPCA is a great opportunity for the polytechnic to get involved in the local community.

“Education outside the classroom is extremely valuable for all children. We want to help deliver these opportunities in safe conditions, overseen by highly qualified outdoor professionals.

“This has been a winwin for our community – the school is getting access to top instructors and trainees and our students are experiencing the reality of guiding outdoor classes in kayaking, rock climbing and a range of other pursuits.

“It’s also cool that you can get these kids out there on the Coast to see some of the wonderful scenery this place has to offer,” Zak says.

Andrew agrees outdoor education is valuable for children and he has already seen some great results.

“I’ve never seen a class that works together so collaboratively and there is also a level of personal empowerment that the kids have already taken from the work we’ve done. You can put nerves about a looming maths test into perspective when you remember that just last week you completed a 30 metre abseil successfully.”

TPP student Reece Keys says client days with local schools are some of the most valuable within the programme. “Our industry training is very real. We organise and deliver the experiences for groups under direct supervision of our tutors. I really enjoy the level of responsibility we are given and find the feedback I get afterwards very usable. I grew up in Karamea and think it’s cool that I have a chance to show other Coast kids what's in their backyard. We have a great time!"

TPP offers a range of outdoor education programmes which offer students practical and technical experience. Find out more at www.tpp.ac.nz/outdoor

Find out more about William Pike and the WPCA at www.williampike.co.nz

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Eddie Izzard: UK Comedy Legend Returns

Hailed as one of the foremost stand up comedians of his generation. Star of stage and screen. Tireless supporter of charity. Runner. Political campaigner. Fashion Icon... February 2015, Eddie Izzard will bring his massive FORCE MAJEURE world tour to New Zealand with tickets going on sale at 10am on Tuesday 28th October. More>>

Festival Starts 28 Oct: Improv Fest Makes Up New Show

For any other festival, finding out less than two weeks from showtime that half the cast of a programmed show can’t make it to New Zealand would be a nightmare. Instead, the New Zealand Improv Festival Director Jennifer O’Sullivan saw an opportunity ... More>>

NZ Music Awards Finalists: Lorde, Sol3 Mio Top 2014 Tuis Charge

Lorde has taken the music world by storm during the past year and she co-leads the 2014 Tui charge with five finalist spots. Joining her is newcomer family opera trio, Sol3 Mio. They are followed closely by Ladi6 and David Dallas, both up for four awards each. More>>

From 'Luther' Creator: Major New Zealand Crime Series For BBC

Libertine Pictures and writer Neil Cross have teamed up with leading international TV producer Carnival Films to develop a major new crime series set in Rotorua. Libertine will develop the contemporary drama series with Carnival, producer of internationally-acclaimed British period drama Downton Abbey, for the BBC. More>>

ALSO:

Family Statement: Death Of Ewen Gilmour

“Ewen was a much loved and cherished member of our family, he was a larger than life character and by his very nature was kind, generous and always giving of his time to those who asked for his help." More>>

ALSO:

Auckland: St. Jerome's Laneway Festival - Line-Up Announced

Traversing seven cities and three countries, the festival has well and truly settled into its home in each state. From the grassy knolls and towering silos at home in Auckland, to the sparkling backdrop of the Maribyrnong... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: No Longer An Island

Simon Nathan reviews 'Zealandia: Our Continent Revealed': The idea that New Zealand is part of a large submerged continent is not new... There was renewed interest in the extent of offshore New Zealand from the 1970s onwards with the start of offshore drilling for oil and gas, and this was given impetus by a UN agreement which allowed countries to claim an Extended Continental Shelf (ECS). More>>

Art: Simon Denny Recreates Kim Dotcom’s Personal Effects

Who owns what? How has the internet changed our relation to the world? These are two of the many questions Simon Denny raises in the latest exhibition at the Adam Art Gallery, opening on Saturday 4 October. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news