At West Melton school we offer a range of EOTC opportunities. These can include camps, day trips as part of our learning inquiries and special interest group trips (such as eco-warriors). You can find more detail about some of these opportunities below.
At West Melton School all children have the opportunity to attend a camp from year 3 to 8. Year 3 have an overnight camp at school, Year 4 to 6 have a camp over three days and our Year 7 & 8 students have a week long camp every second year. We provide relevant, challenging learning programmes that offer opportunities for reflective thinking skills (including critical reflection skills, where appropriate) in an outdoor setting.
The Kiwi Team (Year 2) have a Kiwi Fun Day on the school grounds to prepare them for future camps. This event provided an opportunity for the Kiwi learners to practise the West Melton School values. Events include jump jam, parachute, egg and spoon races and dress up relays.
The Year 3 children take part in a 3-day ‘camp’ experience. This involves a day trip (eg beach education at Spencer Park), follow up learning at school related to the trip, and overnight camp under canvas at school, and a pool party and shared lunch at school on the final day.
The Year 4 to 6 take part in an off-site camp, which has proved popular with both children and parents. The camps differ each year to give the students a new distinctive experience. Previous camps have been held Hanmer Springs, Wainui, Woodend and Living Springs.
Year 7 and 8 have a camp that runs over a week in Wellington every odd year! In the even year they participate in 6 outdoor challenge activities that count toward their William Pike Challenge Award, this may involve an overnight tramp, skiing, kayaking, mountain biking, caving and a camp.
All our students partake in day trips as part of their learning inquiry at least once a year. Previous day trips have been to Ferrymead Heritage Park, Willowbank, and the Canterbury Museum.
The Year 3 and 4 students take part in a biennial day trip to Ngati moki marae at Taumutu. This enables them to be exposed to maoritanga, take part in a formal powhiri, and explore the stories and the area of the local runanga.
As part of us being an Enviro School, one of our main focus is the Kowhai tree and our links to the Kowhai Sanctuary. Twice a year, a ‘Plant Out Day’ is organised, where some of our students and parents take the opportunity to plant kowhai seedlings that we have nurtured at school. It also an opportunity for students to understand the bio-diversity of this area.