Adventure Based Learning

In 2019, St Peter’s embarked on a new adventure-based learning programme for Year 10 students.  Working with the expert team at Hillary Outdoors, all Year 10 students attend a one-week camp at their Tongariro site.  On arrival, students are grouped by gender, house and Learning Group (no more than 10) and paired with an instructor.  The groups work together throughout the week, and the instructor learns the strengths of each student and tailors the programme accordingly.  

The week is designed to develop students’ knowledge of themselves and their Learning Group through various Adventure Learning experiences and outdoor activities. For some, being outdoors is familiar territory; for others, it’s a whole new world.  Living in constant close quarters – eating, sleeping, duties, and daily activities with the same nine students is a challenge.

Key topics, in line with St Peter’s well-being curriculum, are included to create a natural progression, allowing students to face new and bigger challenges and expand their toolbox of personal skills. The objective is to give students opportunities to develop the desire and skills to communicate learning throughout life in various ways; set, evaluate and achieve realistic and attainable goals; increase self-esteem, personal integrity, and self-discipline; develop initiative, commitment, perseverance, courage, and enterprise.  

Regardless of what they bring in, knowledge, courage, or resilience at the start of the week, every student is leaving changed by the end. They have discovered more to themselves and their peers, completing their journey with an increased respect for our magnificent country.


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