Education Outside the Classroom

Education Outside the Classroom

Every Dio student is given the opportunity to be involved in real-life experiences that build on their learning through Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC). Students can choose from hands-on experiences, activities and learning opportunities that grow their confidence and self-esteem.

The aims of our EOTC programme are:

Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) is an annual event that takes place in Term 1. Students participate in a week-long programme of varied activities, educational opportunities and experiences outside the classroom. The aims of our EOTC programme are:


  • Encourage personal development and awareness by building self-esteem and confidence.
  • Develop students’ social skills by co-operating within small groups of their peers.
  • Develop sound ecological attitudes based on respect, knowledge and understanding.
  • Develop outdoor skills in camp craft, bush walking, canoeing and rock climbing.
  • Enrich and integrate other academic disciplines.

Our Hope

Our hope is that students, armed with the necessary skills, confidence and positive memories of their EOTC experiences, find the outdoors a place where they can gain great enjoyment and fulfilment throughout their lives. Each year level has different activities and themes that these activities link back to.

Year 7

Year 7

In Year 7 the focus is on making new friends through concentration on energy, inclusion and relating to others through outdoor activities and working in teams.

Year 8

Year 8

The Year 8 students take part in The William Pike Challenge, a programme of outdoor activities, skill learning and community service that spans the full year as part of the Leadership programme. The programme has a focus on building confidence, life skills and developing character.

Year 9

Year 9

Year 9 students consider culture in a New Zealand context with a focus on The Treaty of Waitangi, cultural diversity and respect. This involves participating in a range of cultural activities and reflecting on how this relates to their own culture

Year 10

Year 10

Year 10 focuses on how students work and communicate with others through building resilience and recognising how their own skills can contribute and influence.

Year 11

Focuses on the theme of Exploring and discovering new possibilities.  Students will

  • Have the confidence to participate in activities and go beyond their comfort zone
  • Develop a greater sense of year level community by participating with enthusiasm in every aspect of the camp
  • Persevere and show resilience when facing challenges

Year 12

Focuses on leadership and valuing and understanding diversity.  Students will

  • Make connections in our local community to challenge perceptions and broaden perspectives
  • Take personal responsibility to use appropriate interpersonal skills to act and respond in diverse environments
  • Understand the link between diversity and leadership

Year 13

Focuses on the theme of thinking and moving beyond boundaries.  Students will

  • Reflect and be challenged to explore the contribution they can make to the future
  • Act with integrity, show honesty, responsibility and accountability through ethical decision making
  • Adopt an attitude which enables them to embrace learning, and new experiences
OutdoorsMark Certified

OutdoorsMark Certified

Following an audit by Skills Active, Diocesan School is now OutdoorsMark certified. The OutdoorsMark provides an independent process for assessing the robustness of operational safety policies, procedures and practices in line with accepted outdoors community standards. Find out more on the OutdoorsMark website