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Castle Hill and Outdoor Education Programme

outdoor ed 1The St Andrew’s College Outdoor Education Programme has been delivering high-quality experiences in the outdoor environment for the past 25 years.

We work with every student at the College from Years 7–10. Each year, the entire year group visits Castle Hill in classes of 25, for between three and five days. This allows us to build a clear progression into the programme, from the first independent adventures away from home through to three-day expeditions and snow caving. 

Between Years 7 and 10 you will discover a lot about yourself and your classmates during your annual excursions to the Lodge.

You will learn the importance and art of decision making and taking responsibility for your actions, develop leadership skills and realise the value of working as a team. You will acquire skills that will help you in the classroom and in life beyond school. And you will have a lot of fun along the way!

Activities include group problem-solving games, abseiling, rock climbing, skiing, snow-caving, tramping, camping and kayaking.

Year 7: Planting the Seed

This programme introduces students to a range of skills and ideas that will be developed on future camps. The emphasis is on safety and enjoyment, and students can sample a wide range of outdoor activities. Students are challenged individually and as a team, so they can begin to understand team working and decision making.

Year 8: Growing the Person

Through the challenges and successes in this programme, students develop their decision making and risk management skills. Individual and team activities are undertaken.

Alistair Sidey Mountain Lodge

The Alistair Sidey Mountain Lodge in the spectacular Canterbury High Country will quickly become one of your favourite classrooms. In 2008, the Lodge was completely rebuilt into a state-of-the-art centre for our outdoor education and leadership programmes, where personal empowerment and team spirit are top priorities.

OutdoorsMark LogoCastle Hill Outdoor Centre has held the OutdoorMark safety accreditation since it first started in 2006. This is a nationally Audited certification which is recognised by the Ministry of Education. The centre has in April 2018 been Audited under the new Adventure activity and been awarded a Premium Safety Audit Certification for the next three years.

ONZThe Castle Hill Outdoor Centre has been awarded the Organisation Award for performing at the highest levels. The award recognises the contribution to the society and the long lasting and positive impacts they are making to the wider community.