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Schools – Course and the NZ curriculum

TOPEC is closely linked with the Secondary Schools of Taranaki and learners attending programmes from these organisations have clear and defined educational needs. Therefore, TOPEC programmes for Schools are constructed using the NZ Curriculum as the foundation document.

The learning area that best encapsulates the philosophy of TOPEC is Health and Physical Education learning area.

The concepts within the learning area of Health and Physical Education include:

  • Hauora
  • Attitudes and values
  • Socio-ecological perspectives
  • Health promotion

The strands that integrate the concepts include:

  • Personal health and physical development
  • Movement concepts and motor skills
  • Relationships with other people
  • Healthy communities and environments

Specifically at TOPEC the following key areas of learning provide the vehicle for delivery of the concepts and strands:

  • Body care and physical safety
  • Physical activity
  • Sport studies
  • Outdoor Education.

At TOPEC we have a Vision of learners and interested parties as being lifelong learners, specifically in an Outdoor and Environmental context. TOPEC promotes learners to become confident and creative, connected and actively involved.

Programmes include the facilitation and promotion of the following:

Key Competencies
Using Language, Symbols and Text
Managing Self
Relating to Others
Participating and Contributing

Innovation, inquiry and curiosity
Community and participation
Ecological sustainability - Respect & responsibility for self, for others and for the environment.

The development of these competencies and values enables life-long learning

Programmes are based on core values and key competencies and are integrated with the New Zealand Curriculum achievement objectives where appropriate. Educational outcomes are also governed by the Principles for Curriculum decision making (p9 The NZ Curriculum 2007)

Schools – 5 day residential Adventure

Instructors start activities at 9.00 a.m. and will be responsible for the groups until 4. 30 p.m. when all groups should be back at TSB TOPEC. In some cases groups may arrive back sooner depending on weather, fatigue and other variable factors. The exception to this is the overnight camp where students will travel to the campsite and not return to camp until the next day. Return to camp is by 11.00 a.m. ready for pack up, clean up and lunch. Farewells are made at 12.00 p.m. and after this time staff debrief the week.

Schools - Adventure

Typical courses are of 5 days in length but can vary according to your needs. The Adventure Course is a tried and tested programme that is designed to provide participants with a taster for Outdoor Activities and promote Social development. Check out the activity section of this website for more information on individual activities.

A typical five day residential course can include:
Mud run, orienteering, rafting, riversafe, overnight expedition, high ropes, adventure based learning.

Schools – Day courses / Activity weeks

TOPEC is able to provide activities to suit individual needs of Schools for day courses which are most common at the end of a School year. Activities can be programmed to suit your requirements and time allowance.

Schools - Skills Courses

Activity specific courses are an integral part of what TOPEC can offer. A day or a week can be programmed to develop skills and knowledge in specific activity areas. We are careful to assess present ability and progress the activities to develop skills at a manageable pace. Some of the skills specific courses available are rafting, kayaking, river rescue, rock climbing, Winter mountaineering, and caving. Please contact us if you are seeking skills development in any of the above or in an activity that is not mentioned.

Schools – Unit standard / Achievement Standard Courses.

Our staff at TOPEC include Registered Teachers who have extensive experience with the specific demands of standards based assessment. Taranaki Schools have used our expertise in delivering and assessing these courses for a number of years.

We are able to act as assessors for your School using your accreditation or act as evidence gathers for work towards specific units. Staff are also Skills Active qualified in US 4098  and can assess using this provision in certain circumstances.

Achievement standards using Outdoor Education as a context can be included easily as can risk management. Some Physical Education standards can modified to use differing Outdoor Activities to assess against performance criteria.

Please contact us to discuss producing a suitable programme to meet your needs.

Schools – Leadership

The objectives of this course are:

  • Develop Leadership skills
  • Work as a member of a team
  • Recognise the needs and strengths of others
  • Make decisions and accepting the consequences

This is an excellent course for developing and identifying Leaders within a School. Students are better informed on the Leadership strengths that they possess and understand how these attributes can be used effectively as a Student Leader within the school situation.

Schools – Special needs

TSB Topec is able to offer courses that cater for groups with limited motor skills and other disabilities. Activities are modified to suit the specific needs of groups to allow a real outdoor experience to take place.

The highlight of the course is an overnight camp. The location is determined by the group attributes, weather and mobility. The instructor could decide on the reserve that borders the camp, other reserves or on Mount Taranaki.

Our instructors work closely with caregivers or teaching staff to ensure that individuals are challenged but in a safe and controlled environment. Contact us for further information on some of the possible activities that we are able to offer.

Schools – Education for sustainability

“Sustainability is a critical issue for New Zealand – environmentally, economically, culturally, politically, and socially. We need to learn how to live smarter to reduce our impact on the environment so that our natural resources will be around for future generations”. Source TKI website

TOPEC has been involved with the Enviro Schools project and promtes sustainable living. TOPEC has a recycling system in place, energy consumption in monitored and minimised, edible plantings have taken place around the Campus,

Use TOPEC as a foil to deveop ideas that can be taken back to your School. You will experience a whole Centre approach where students engaging in practices, projects and ways of working lead to a more sustainable future. This practice forms the basis of the delivery of the Centres curriculum and teaching and learning programmes

TOPEC uses authentic situations in sustainability to develop creative and critical thinking for a sustainable future.

Schools – Staff Professional Development

With recent changes to the Ministry of Education – Education Outside The Classroom
( EOTC ) guidelines TOPEC is well placed to assist your School to implement a robust and effective management process. Our experience in the Outdoors and as registered Teachers means that we know what Schools battle with every time students and staff venture into the outdoors.

We are also able to assist School staff to up skill in Outdoor Activities, Management of groups and Risk Management.

We are also a great venue for School wide development days or Strategic Planning. Boards of Trustees have also been known to frequent the premises.

Useful Information

Participants must be 8 or above.

Instructors will assume full responsibility for the groups during sessions. The visiting group leaders are responsible for supervision after 4,30 pm. E.g. in the evenings and overnight.

  • All specialist equipment is provided.
  • All those rafting, kayaking, river sledging / bugging, body boarding , canoeing must be water confident.
  • You are welcome to hire extra gear from our equipment store.
  • Overseas visitors must make sure the group can communicate in English.
  • For special needs groups, alternate arrangements may be necessary, please phone to discuss your requirements before booking.
  • All our instructors are appropriately qualified and experienced.
  • All sessions are entirely weather dependent. Every effort will be made to accommodate your booking but should conditions be such that we cannot run your session we will offer an alternative activity.
  • Taranaki Outdoor Pursuits and Education Centre is a registered charity
  • To ensure the wellbeing of the group every ten young people must be accompanied by an adult leader or supervisor at all times.
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