A wide range of opportunities are available for students to learn outside of the classroom. These include learning based trips, participation in the Readers and Writers Festival, local and national chess tournaments and community projects such as WaiCare. Mt Roskill Intermediate has opted into the Government Donation scheme, so there is no cost to students to be involved in trips and programmes that support classroom learning.
Camp/EOTC (Education Outside The Classroom) activities – All Year 8 students are given the opportunity to experience a range of outdoor activities which will build confidence and resilience. These include team-building and physical activities such as kayaking, raft building, rock-climbing, tramping, archery, abseiling and high ropes. Students will opt into a day based activity programme or the overnight camping experience. A donation towards the food and accommodation is asked for, for the overnight camping.
Cultural trips – Our Year 7 Māori Enhancement / Kapa Haka students travel annually to Waitangi to connect as a roopu and support their learning. Year 8 students are involved in an annual Noho Marae to Rotorua which reflects their learning.
Some of the trips and programmes that students may be involved in are water based learning experiences such as white water rafting or yachting, Stardome, MOTAT, galleries, festivals and museums. Each year we provide opportunities for students to travel and gain new experiences away from home. This builds independence and encourages our students to challenge themselves. These optional opportunities do have a cost associated with them.
Ski Trip – Most years we offer the opportunity to students to travel to Queenstown for a week’s skiing and to enjoy the beautiful scenery that Central Otago has to offer. Students receive skiing instruction and are accompanied by staff who are experienced in skiing and leading outdoor activities.
Japan Exchange – Each year we have an exchange with schools from Munakata City near Fukuoka in Japan. Students from Munakata come here and stay with families and many long-term friendships have been formed through this exchange. There is also the opportunity for students from our school to travel as part of a group to visit Japan and experience Japanese culture, schooling and national attractions.