Outdoor Education

Aongatete Lodge

Every even year (2020, 2022, 2024, our school enjoys a 4 day camping experience in the beautiful Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park, midway between Tauranga and Katikati. The programme aims to engage students in first hand experiences that assists them in developing confidence, a sense of adventure and an attitude of responsibility, particular toward their own and others’ safety. Our students have access to rivers, bush, ocean environments and mountains. These areas are a part of their playground so they need to have a set of basic skills and knowledge to use these safely.  A week at Aongatete opens these worlds and increases their awareness of the magnificent resources we have in our own backyard.

Camp gear

The contribution for the 2020 camping programme is approximately $230.00.00 which will cover food, travel and accommodation.

Each class will also need parents willingly to participate in the camping programme. Please attend the February “Meet the Teacher” evenings for further information.

New Horizons

Every ‘odd’ year (, 2021, 2023, 2025), our Berkley education outside the classroom programme provides an exciting set of opportunities, known as New Horizons. Instead of going on a “camping” experience as a class, students select from a very wide range of activities.

In 2019, the options offered ranged from a $10 school-based activity to a $550 experience, based on Great Barrier Island.

Each New Horizons programme offers a slightly different set of activities. A booklet outlining all the activities available will be sent home with your child.  It is important that you read all options and then carefully match your interests.  Each student is required to select 4 activities they wish to be enrolled in.  You have the opportunity to list these in order of preference.