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Castle Hill and Outdoor Education Programme

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The St Andrew’s College Outdoor Education Programme has been delivering high-quality experiences in the outdoor environment for the past 25 years.

We work with every student at the College from Years 7–10. Each year, the entire year group visits Castle Hill in classes of 25, for between three and five days. This allows us to build a clear progression into the programme, from the first independent adventures away from home through to three-day expeditions and snow caving. 

Attendance at the Year 9–10 camps is compulsory for all students.

During Years 9–10, you will discover a lot about yourself 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.

Year 9: Environmental Awareness and Team Building

Students develop their bush skills and camp craft via a mini expedition. The strong environmental theme throughout this camp raises awareness of New Zealand’s natural environment and human impacts upon it. Navigation is focused on preparing students for their self-supported Young New Zealander’s Challenge (formally Duke of Edinburgh) Year 10 expeditions. Team activities help new students integrate into the College.

Year 10: Outdoor Survival

This programme brings together and extends the skills and ideas learnt in previous camps. During this winter camp, students will learn how to plan and prepare for a winter camp above the bush line. Outdoor safety and emergency management are incorporated throughout.

Alistair Sidey Mountain Lodge

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.

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Castle Hill Outdoor Centre has held the OutdoorMark safety accreditation since it first started in 2006. This is a nationally Audited certification which is recognised by the Ministry of Education. The centre has in April 2018 been Audited under the new Adventure activity and been awarded a Premium Safety Audit Certification for the next three years.

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The Castle Hill Outdoor Centre has been awarded the Organisation Award for performing at the highest levels. The award recognises the contribution to the society and the long lasting and positive impacts they are making to the wider community.