Year 5 Camp 2016 Posted 31 May
Camp MERC at Long Bay – Click Here for information about this venue.
CLICK HERE for Transport List for Year 5 Camp
CLICK HERE for Year 5 Camp Clothing.
Dear Parents
Below are a few updates and reminders regarding our Year Five camp.
Unfortunately Rachel Wilcock will not be joining us for camp as last week she tore her achilles tendon and is currently in a cast and very immobile. However, we are very fortunate that Paul O’Leary has joined our team of camp parents so safe adult/ratios are maintained.
Paul Rattenbury will be leading the camp. If you need to contact camp for any reason please either phone Camp MERC (09 4730714) or Paul Rattenbury (021 299 0167), but please only use these numbers in case of emergencies.
We hope to depart at 7.45am tomorrow morning so need all children seated in the hall at 7.30am. Please only drive onto the courts if you are transporting campers. Attached below is a list of who is travelling in each car. Could camp parents briefly please meet Anne Bridgman in the hall community room at 7.25am to go through a few final details.
We have also attached a gear list if you wish to check it and below are a few important reminders…
– Please note that the following items have been added to the gear list – 1 x plate, 1 x bowl, 1x fork, knife, spoon and 1 x tea towel. Please make sure all these items are clearly labelled. Your child will also need a refillable water bottle throughout camp.
– Morning tea and packed lunch is needed on Wednesday(preferably in disposable packaging)
– Baking for morning/afternoon teas will be collected from your child once at camp. Please do not bake anything that includes nuts and label your container if you want it back
– Any medication your child will need at camp needs to be in a clearly labelled ziplock bag and given to Cara Bridgland before camp. A pink medication form should have been completed and returned to school to allow the administration of any medication
– Thank you to those who have offered mattresses. If you are not driving out to camp please deliver those to Jenn Noone(Rm 5 teacher) before departure.
We look forward to an action packed and hopefully sunny few days.
Kind regards
The Year Five camp team

 Victoria Avenue School Camping Experiences

Our students are lucky enough to have three camp experiences at our school:

Year 4: An overnight camp …. this year it was at the Auckland Zoo

Year 5: Camp MERC at Long Bay – Click Here for information about this venue.

Year 6: Lakewood Lodge – Click Here for information about this venue

The Year 6 Camp is being held from Tuesday 1 March to Friday 4 March 2016

For information about the requirements for camp please use this link.

Information Regarding Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC)

Education outside the classroom (EOTC) is an essential part of school life in New Zealand. To extend students’ learning experiences beyond the classroom, schools need to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the wider community and the environment.

Students need to learn in a variety of contexts in order to gain the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values required to enjoy a healthy lifestyle; take responsibility for their own safety; form positive and respectful relationships with their peers, their teachers, and the environment; and participate in the creation of safer communities. Once decisions have been made about what students should learn, consideration needs to be given to how EOTC can best support the teaching and learning priorities. Learning beyond the classroom can support the direction and contribute to the breadth of learning described by the national curriculum.

New Zealanders have easy access to the bush, beaches, rivers, and mountains, which provide excellent environments for learning, but where safety considerations are paramount. These guidelines support school boards and staff to enhance their students’ learning outcomes and to meet their safety obligations. For further information please go onto the web page

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, including overseas.

Learning and safety are paramount in EOTC. While EOTC provides opportunities for positive learning outcomes in a student’s education, alongside these gains is the potential for mishap if programmes are not effectively managed.

Schools have legal responsibilities to keep learning environments safe for students and staff. The guidelines clarify schools’ responsibilities regarding EOTC and provide ideas and examples of how the legal requirements can be met and how learning and safety can be enhanced.

Part of the EOTC program in Year 5 at Victoria Avenue school involves spending two nights and three days at Camp MERC, Long Bay. During the three days the students will be involved in kayaking, team building, raft-building, archery, stack ‘em high, abseiling and sailing. For all of the activities we encourage CHALLENGE BY CHOICE and children always have the right to say no. Each activity has Risk Management procedures clearly outlined.

During camp the children will be working in mixed activity groups and will have lead parents ensuring their safety and encouraging them to participate. There are also fully qualified instructors who are in charge of the activities.

Each EOTC experience provides students with the opportunity to do and learn new things.