Education Outside the Classroom

What is (EOTC) Education Outside the Classroom?

EOTC is a generic term used to describe curriculum based learning and teaching that extends the four walls of the classroom. EOTC can range from a museum or marae visit to a sports trip, an outdoor education camp, a field trip to the rocky shore, or a visit to practise another language. EOTC can take place in the school grounds, in the local community, or in regions further afield.

At St Teresa's both teachers and students (at the senior end of the school) plan learning trips. This is conducive to our schools significance on play-based and passion based approaches to teaching and learning.

Parent support is always appreciated, and in some cases programmes cannot run if the required adult to child ratio is unable to be fulfilled.

Annual Education Outside the Classroom Events


New Zealand has one of the highest fatal drowning rates in the OECD, so it is important from a young age that all children learn water competency. Our philosophy at St Teresa's school is to teach our children to have fun in our pools, rivers and beaches, but also to have the skills to stay safe in and around these environments.

Swimming Programme

This is a school wide programme. The junior school swim at Wharenui Swim school in Term 1 and in Term 4. The middle and senior school swim at Kings Swim School, and swim once a week during term 3.


In early March the senior end of the school (Years 5-8) go surfing for the day. This is held at Scarborough beach in Sumner. The programme, run by 'Professional Surf Coaching Ltd,' teaches the basics of surfing and bodyboarding with a strong emphasis on surf safety.


In late August, early September the senior school (Years 5-8) venture to Porters ski field for the day. All students receive the school package, which includes: rental of skis/snowboard, a morning lesson and lift pass.


Camps are usually held in the first week of December. We have a Year 3 & 4 camp, and a senior camp comprising of Years 5-8.

The Year 3-4 camp is based at school. Students go out on day excursions, and have the option to sleepover at school for one night.

The senior camp happens at the same time as the Year 3-4 camp. We cycle three superb venues: Hanmer Forest Camp, Wainui YMCA Camp near Akaroa and Living Springs on the Port Hills. These three sites each offer different experiences.

As the senior camps are on a 3 year rotation it means that when our Year 5 students are Year 8's they will return to the first camp they were at. We take advantage of this fact, and expect these students to take leadership responsibilities, especially since they are entering a familiar environment.

Trips in and around the city

As a school that is nestled within Christchurch, we harness the vast resources available within our Christchurch community. This is accentuated as students move into the senior learning environment where they have the learning freedom to go off campus to extend their passions, as long as the safety action plan has been approved.

St Teresa's School is lucky to have Riccarton Bush at its doorstep. As a school we make good use of this. We also take advantage of other bush areas such as Bottle Lake Forest and Spencer Park. These are fabulous environments for our children to explore and play in.