Education outside the classroom (EOTC) is an important part of our educational programmes. It brings the real World into our studies and gives us a chance to complete research, make observations and gain first hand experiences.
Some of the activities our classes have undertaken include:
Rocky Shore Investigations
Groups from our school monitor Castor Bay’s rocky shore to see how well life is surviving in this harsh environment. They investigate and describe special features of common animals or plants which help them stay alive and survive into the next generation. It adds to our understanding of the Hauraki Gulf which is so important to the life of our city. Each student has the task of becoming the class expert on a particular animal or plant and report on it’s special features for survival. As part of this work they form a question about the chosen species that can be investigated at the shore.
Classes from our school visit the lava flows and sedimentary rocks visible at Takapuna Beach as part of a study of local geology. They look at the fossil forest at Black Rock and the sedimentary rocks and fossils at Clifton Beach.