TPP takes local school into the outdoors
Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) is working with a local primary school on an outdoor programme that’s helping build confidence and teamwork in the classroom.
Paroa School teacher Andrew Sinton-White says the school this year decided to take on the William Pike Challenge Award (WPCA). The year-long outdoor education programme will see 22 Year 8 students take on eight outdoor challenges, spend 20 hours in the community and develop a new sport, skill or hobby. Paroa School is one of two West Coast schools to take on the challenge this year.
Andrew asked TPP to help the school deliver the outdoor education programme – ensuring pupils experienced the best of the West Coast outdoors under professional guidance and in a safe environment. The latest event saw all 22 pupils spend a day kayaking on Lake Brunner under the guidance of TPP tutors and students.
“We have been really lucky to have TPP’s certified instructors and students involved in the challenge. The competence of the TPP trainees was something that has impressed me so far – as far as I can see, TPP is not just teaching students how to run outdoor experiences, it’s also developing leaders who can independently manage a group over a one or two day event,” Andrew says.
TPP Outdoor Education Tutor Zak Shaw says the WPCA is a great opportunity for the polytechnic to get involved in the local community.