Outdoor Education

Click here to see videos of Outdoor Education trips

Click here to see reports on Outdoor Education trips

In Outdoor Education, students learn ‘in’, ‘about’ and ‘through’ the outdoors:

In the outdoors: Develop safe practices

About the outdoors: Develop knowledge and understanding of the need to protect and care for the environment.

Through the outdoors: Develop understanding, skills and attitudes to enhance interactions and relationships with others

Outdoor Education may be taken an as Option in Year 10. Students experience numerous outdoor pursuits to learn basic skills, history and knowledge.

The subject may be continued from Years 11-13 for NCEA Level 1, 2 and 3, and also taken for Scholarship. In Year 11 students complete a course related to body function, safe behaviours, interpersonal skills and quality movement, all related to outdoor pursuits. During Year 12 they expand on their base knowledge and skills before the focus turns to leadership, risk management, independent planning and preparation in Year 13.

“During my time at MAGS, Outdoor Education was a source of happiness for me, contributing to my NCEA Achievement Standard credits as much as any other subject. Outdoor Education gave me skills I never found in any other subjects at MAGS. The programme challenged myself and my classmates by exposing us to environments that pushed us to expand our social and problem solving skills. I grew as a person in the programme – and not just in practical outdoor skills. The social and emotional intelligence I gained serves me every day in life. The ability to effectively work with people, understand their needs, and peacefully compromise with their differing opinions are some of the many skills the program ingrained in me. Since leaving MAGS, I was fortunate enough to be admitted into Yale University, and I can genuinely say Outdoor Education endorsed my application. Throughout my first year, it helped strengthen the relationships I have with my peers and professors, and it empowered me to deal with the challenges of everyday university life. It is my most valued subject of secondary school.”

– Jonathan Winter, Class of 2015

Click here to see videos of Outdoor Education trips

Click here to see reports on Outdoor Education trips

In Outdoor Education, students learn ‘in’, ‘about’ and ‘through’ the outdoors:

In the outdoors: Develop safe practices

About the outdoors: Develop knowledge and understanding of the need to protect and care for the environment.

Through the outdoors: Develop understanding, skills and attitudes to enhance interactions and relationships with others

Outdoor Education may be taken an as Option in Year 10. Students experience numerous outdoor pursuits to learn basic skills, history and knowledge.

The subject may be continued from Years 11-13 for NCEA Level 1, 2 and 3, and also taken for Scholarship. In Year 11 students complete a course related to body function, safe behaviours, interpersonal skills and quality movement, all related to outdoor pursuits. During Year 12 they expand on their base knowledge and skills before the focus turns to leadership, risk management, independent planning and preparation in Year 13.

Outdoor Education increases students’:

  • communication and leadership skills
  • personal responsibility
  • planning skills
  • risk management
  • co-operation skills
  • social skills, communal living skills and compassion for others
  • self confidence
  • problem solving skills
  • persistence, perseverance and the ability to cope with adversity
  • love of the outdoors

“The outdoors is a powerful tool to help people sort out where they’re at in terms of confidence. There are no masks. On a mountain or a rock face, you can’t hide that fact that you are scared. In a very short time you can experience some intense learning and life-changing situations which would take a long time and a lot of talking to achieve in a classroom. It might never happen at all in a classroom.” Bev Smith, Outdoor Pursuits Centre Instructor

Year 10 Outdoor Education

Units of work

The course involves both theory and practical lessons. The lessons will be a combination of classroom based theory and activities based in an outdoor environment.

  • Adventure Based Learning
  • Basic First Aid
  • Bush Craft
  • Climbing
  • Environmental Education
  • Mountain Biking
  • Navigation Skills
  • Surfing
  • Tramping
  • Whitewater Kayaking

Assessment

Each unit will be assessed through a combination of practical tests, written tests and how well student manages themselves.

Year 10 videos hereYear 10 videos here

Subject cost

A subject cost of $200 covers expenses related to educational trips outside the classroom.

Year 11 Outdoor Education

Units of work

Discovery 101: Students learn the science of physical activity and relate this knowledge to outdoor pursuits. Topics include Anatomy (Kayaking), Biomechanics (Mt Biking) and Exercise Physiology (Mud Running).

Quality Performance: Students develop their performance to a high level in two outdoor pursuits (Mud Running and Climbing).

Survivor Challenge: Students develop effective interpersonal skills in order to be able to work in a group and realise how these interpersonal skills impact on others (Adventure Based Learning activities, Tramping and Camping).

Play It Safe: Students develop an understanding for the need of responsible behaviour when participating in outdoor pursuit (Surfing and Kayaking)

Getting Stuck In: Students develop an understanding of factors that influence their own participation in physical activity (Surfing, Kayaking, Mt Biking, Mud Running, Tramping, Climbing)

Self Management: Students develop self management strategies and describe the effects these have on participation in outdoor pursuits (Tramping, Camping and Climbing)

23 Achievement Standard credits – all internally assessed

Subject cost
A subject cost of $275 covers expenses related to educational trips outside the classroom.

Impact on other subjects
A lot of valuable learning will occur during the educational trips outside the classroom. However, we are conscious of taking students away from their other subjects. With this in mind, each term will only see students away from school for a maximum of two school days.

Year 11 videos hereYear 11 videos here

Year 12 Outdoor Education

Units of work

Adventure Philosophy: Students learn and discuss the reasons for adventure in the outdoors. This sets the scene as to why we go into the outdoors and what the motivations and benefits are.

Risk Management: Students develop their ability to identify risks, hazards and relevant strategies related to the activities they are participating in (Scuba Diving, Mountain Biking, Tramping). They also evaluate these strategies on their return from each trip.
Event Planning: Students examine the implementation and outcomes related to the activities they are participating in.

Mountain Biking: Students develop their skills in selecting, setting up, maintaining and riding mountain bikes. They complete rides at Woodhill Forest and/or the Hunua Ranges.

Bush Craft: Students develop an understanding of the requirements for a safe multi-day tramp in the bush, including clothing, equipment, navigation aids and food. They then plan and undertake a three-day tramp in the Waitakere Ranges and in the Hunua Ranges.

Personal and Social Responsibility: Students develop effective interpersonal skills in order to be able to work in a group and realise how these interpersonal skills impact on others (Adventure Based Learning activities, High and Low Ropes course). They will use Hellison’s model as a basis for demonstrating interpersonal skills.

Journey: Students complete a five-day journey by foot, bike and/or kayak. They are responsible for planning, decision making and working as a team to complete the journey.

Quality Performance: Students develop their performance to a high level in scuba diving and climbing.

13 Achievement Standard credits and 18 Unit Standard credits – all internally assessed

Subject cost
A subject cost of $650 covers expenses related to educational trips outside the classroom.

Impact on other subjects
A lot of valuable learning will occur during the educational trips outside the classroom. However, we are conscious of taking students away from their other subjects. With this in mind, each student will only be away from school for a maximum of 14 school days over three terms.

Year 12 videos hereYear 12 videos here

Year 13 Outdoor Education

Units of work

Back to the Future: Students evaluate outdoor pursuit experiences to devise strategies for life long well-being (Surfing, Canoeing, Tramping, Rogaine, Mountain Biking, Solo Camping)

Putting Everything in Place: Students devise strategies for a physical activity outcome (Tramping)

The Journey over the Destination: Students analyse issues in safety management and devise safety management strategies (Canoeing, Tramping, Rogaine, Class Event)

Easily Led: students examine contemporary leadership principles applied in outdoor pursuit contexts (Canoeing, Tramping, Rogaine)

Endurance: Students train to demonstrate quality performance of an outdoor pursuit in an applied setting (Indoor Rock Climbing, Day Night Thriller Mountain Bike event)

19 Achievement Standard credits – all internally assessed

Subject cost
A subject cost of $650 covers expenses related to educational trips outside the classroom.

Impact on other subjects
This course places a strong emphasis on practical experiences. Unfortunately, the nature of these experiences mean other subjects will at some stage of the year be disrupted. It is very important that students are conscious of keeping up with schoolwork in all of their subjects. They will miss approximately 7% of their other subject periods and therefore they will need to be responsible for catching up on work missed and for completing assessments prior to any trips that clash with their other assessment due dates.

Year 13 videos hereYear 13 videos here

Career pathways

 

Students who complete Outdoor Education to Level 3 will develop their key attributes to a high level. This is often what makes them more employable, as the subject has a strong emphasis on attitude, aptitude, ambition, aspiration and attendance.

The Year 13 course is university approved, and may lead to tertiary study for those wishing to make a career in areas linked with the outdoors. Possible jobs include Outdoor Instructor or Guide, Teacher, Challenge Course Facilitator, Environmental Educator, Event Co-ordinator, jobs in conservation, in the tourism sector (including business and marketing), and in outdoor equipment retail.

Click here to read more about Outdoor Education in the Junior Academic Guide
Click here to read more about Outdoor Education in the Senior Academic Guide
Contact the Outdoor Education Department

The Macpac Adventure Partnership is an initiative that partners Macpac with Mount Albert Grammar School to demonstrate a sharing of our core values of openness and honesty, adventurous thinking, sustainability and which, in our own way, promote “adventure for life”.

By choosing to select Macpac products you will directly benefit Mount Albert Grammar School, as 10% of your purchase will return to the MAGS Outdoor Education department to be used to purchase clothing and equipment for students to use. Sign up to the Macpac Wilderness club (free to join), mention you are linked to Mount Albert Grammar School and receive 30% off the full retail price of all Macpac products in all stores. 10% of all of your sales will return to MAGS Outdoor Education