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.
Outdoor programmes for Years 11, 12 and 13 are tailored to meet the specific training and leadership requirements of different groups within the College.
In the Senior College, outdoor adventure is incorporated into a life skills programme. In this course, students design their own expeditions (two per year). Planning food, transport, gear and budgeting is all required. These courses have been very successful and are a highlight for many senior students.
The Outdoor Programme also delivers leadership training to senior students via a three-day Peer Support camp, held in January. It gives Year 12 students the skills they need to support the new intake of Year 9 students.
In the Senior College, our prefects and other student leaders undertake much of their specialist leadership training in the inspiring surroundings of Castle Hill.
In addition to programmes for St Andrew’s College students, the Castle Hill Centre contracts out to other groups. Currently Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, Medbury School, Ghikuyo Gatuen from Japan and over 40 students from Germany attend programmes each year.
Each year approximately 1,000 students will pass through our programmes.
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.
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.
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.