Special Facilities

Castle Hill Outdoor Centre

New Lodge
Lodge kitchen

The Alistair Sidey Mountain Lodge in the spectacular Canterbury High Country will quickly become one of your favourite classrooms. In 2008, the lodge was completely rebuilt into a state-of-the-art centre for our outdoor education and leadership programmes, where personal empowerment and team spirit are top priorities.

Activities at the lodge are designed and overseen by high-qualified, full-time instructors. The facility and its programmes have earned the prestigious OutdoorsMark rating, which means our management and safety procedures are of a measurably high standard.

Between Years 7 and 10 you will discover a lot about yourself and your classmates during your annual excursions to the lodge. You will learn the importance and art of decision-making and taking responsibility for your actions, develop leadership skills and realise the value of working as a team. You will acquire skills that will help you in the classroom and in life beyond school. And you will have a lot of fun along the way!

Activities include group problem-solving games, abseiling, rock climbing, skiing, snow-caving, tramping, camping and kayaking.

In the Senior College, our prefects, peer support and other student leaders undertake much of their specialist leadership training in the inspiring surroundings of Castle Hill.

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Book a School Tour

Our tours are personalised to suit your needs and give you every opportunity to see our students in action in the classroom. A guided tour gives you the opportunity to talk at length and in depth about the College programmes. The tour is also a chance to view our facilities including the new Preparatory School, Spiro Science and Mathematics Centre and Boarding Houses.

Contact Registrar Lynn Smith enrol@stac.school.nz or 03 940-2016 to book an appointment or request an information pack.

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