L2OED - Outdoor Pursuits

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The Level 2 Outdoor Pursuits course is our longest running course. It is open to any Year 12 student and you do not need to have any previous outdoor experience to do this course. The activities are suitable for students of any ability level yet offer scope to challenge each individual.

Learning takes place through a mixture of theory and practical instruction sessions, classroom discussion and activity reviews. One afternoon per week is allocated to practical lessons.

The course themes of teamwork, personal challenge, self- responsibility, communication skills and goal setting are all introduced and reinforced through each activity. Each experience is reviewed to enable transference of learning back into future activities, or to other aspects of school life.

There are no formal prerequisites. All activities are structured to allow you to learn everything from scratch. If you do have previous experience you will have an opportunity to take more responsibility for helping the group. Activities can be differentiated to allow each student to be challenged at the level that suits them.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The Challenge course is our most popular Outdoor Pursuits course. It is open to any Year 12 student and you do not need to have any previous outdoor experience to do this course. The activities are suitable for students of any ability level yet offer scope to challenge each individual.

The practical pursuits may include:

  • Rock climbing: Aspects of climbing covered include bouldering, top roping, belaying, lead climbing and abseiling.

  • Canyoning: An introduction to canyoning is offered in Cross Creek (Haast Pass)

  • Kayaking/Canoeing: Kayaking and/or canoeing on moving water. In 2022 this included a journey on the Haast river.

  • Tramping: Tramping skills are covered during a multi-day tramp on the Routeburn track (or similar).

  • Mountain biking: Group rides and skill sessions on local tracks and at Bike Glendhu.

  • Alpine skills and Snow-caving: Students build and sleep in snow shelters at the Snow Farm. Incorporates a Nordic Skiing journey.

  • Skiing or snowboarding: An optional 6-week programme of snowsports lessons at Treble Cone culminating in assessment towards Unit Standards/Achievements Standards in skiing or snowboarding. Alternate study options arranged for students who do not do this option.

HOW WILL I LEARN?

Learning takes place through a mixture of theory and practical instruction sessions, classroom discussion and activity reviews. One afternoon per week is allocated to practical lessons.

The course themes of teamwork, personal challenge, self-responsibility, communication skills and goal setting are all introduced and reinforced through each activity. Each experience is reviewed to enable transference of learning back into future activities, or to other aspects of school life.

WHAT SHOULD I HAVE DONE ALREADY?

There are no formal pre-requisites. All activities are structured to allow you to learn everything from scratch. If you do have previous experience you will have an opportunity to take more responsibility for helping the group. Activities can be differentiated to allow each student to be challenged at the level that suits them.

ASSESSMENT OUTLINE:

L2OED

ASSESSMENT REGULATIONS:

How is the course assessed?

Assessment/Re-assessment

Most standards include an element of practical assessment that occurs during the outdoor sessions. Because of this, it is generally not possible to provide opportunities for reassessment.

End of course qualification

Contributes to NCEA.

WHERE DOES THIS COURSE LEAD?

Students may choose to follow up this course by taking Outdoor Pursuits at Level 3.

INDICATIVE COSTS

For all indicative course costs please see the Course Costs Page.

A general course contribution is requested to cover the weekly costs associated with provision of transport, employing additional specialist outdoor instructors, admission costs to public venues, and hire of specialist outdoor equipment.

Overnight or extended trips are optional, and are costed separately. Fees for those trips are invoiced at the time of the trip. This includes the optional snowsports training programme in Term 3, for which a lesson package needs to be purchased directly from Cardrona/Treble Cone.

As a guide, course costs in 2022 were:

  • General Course Fee (for weekly OP practicals): $480

  • Snowsports instruction (optional) $228

  • Routeburn Tramp (optional) $120

  • Snowcaving trip (optional) $100

Course costs are subject to change.

Examples of OP Trips

Canyoning

Snowcaving

SAFETY:

MAC has achieved AdventureMark certification for its Outdoor Pursuits programmes. This is an internationally recognised safety certification that confirms our school meets the highest levels of safety in adventure activities. This certification recognises our school’s long-standing commitment to safety in its delivery of our nationally renowned Outdoor Pursuits courses and applies to rock climbing and abseiling, white water kayaking, canoeing and rafting, mountain biking, canyoning, and alpine hiking activities.