Outdoor education is a subject just like any other and is an aspect of life here at NPBHS that sets us apart. With the beach and coastline within five minutes and the mountain and the snowline within 30 minutes, the outdoor education opportunities are plentiful and is a real point of difference for students studying at NPBHS. The school offers a range of programmes that allow students to experience the outdoors.
Year 12 Outdoor Education
New Plymouth Boys High School (NPBHS) offers a Year 12 Outdoor Education programme as a classroom subject which is very popular with our German students. This programme allows students to gain credits toward their final High School qualification.
This course has both classroom and week-long outdoor experiences and is run by qualified teachers and specialist tutors.
A total of at least 24 credits are offered through a combination of achievement standards and unit standards. Topics covered during the year include kayaking, climbing, bushcraft, mountaincraft, navigation, risk-management, and leadership. During Term 3 students attend a full week camp based in the Tongariro National Park.
Year 10 Outdoor Education
At Year 10, all students spend one week at our local Taranaki Outdoor Pursuits Centre ( TOPEC ) enjoying the many outdoor activities planned for them by specialist and qualified outdoor instructors, accompanied by classroom teachers to provide supervision. This is undertaken during term time and provides a great introduction to the outdoor activities available here in this province. Two staff go with each group of 30 students to assist the instructors, and to supervise during evenings.
Activities offered include rock-climbing, abseiling, kayaking, rafting, navigation, mountaineering, orienteering, tramping, bushcraft, and rope courses.
Year 9 Outdoor Education
At Year 9, all students spend their final week of term 4 in various outdoor based activities/camps/visits to tourist attractions in NZ, as organised by the teachers, which is a very special aspect of life here at NPBHS. This year, camps will include windsurfing, surfing, kayaking, sailing, sea-fishing, caving, wake-boarding, mountain-biking, trips to Taupo, Rotorua, and Wellington, as well as school-based activities.