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Perry Outdoor Education Trust



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Perry Outdoor Education Trust equips schools in low socio-economic communities to develop young people using outdoor education experiences.

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Perry Outdoor Education Trust delivers training to provide teachers with the skills to deliver quality outdoor education programmes.

For many of my students, the opportunities that are provided are a first and encourage them to continue to strive to expand their horizons.

-Principal, Ngaruawahia High School

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Paeroa College Year 13s at Raglan this week.
Our first post Covid camp, awesome to be able to enjoy the outdoors with our schools again.
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Carrying on through Covid

To support our work we run an annual fundraiser - the NZ Mountain Film Festival.  It's a collection of the best short films from the Wanaka event and this year was our fifth time hosting the event in Hamilton. We were all set for the night of the 12th August; our...


In the Maratoto Valley, just north of Paeroa is the location of a campground for two of our school camps and the site for this year’s POET base camp. In the middle of the valley lies the Maratoto Rock, a towering pinnacle which rises dramatically from the valley...

Back to school just more lockdown?

Written by  Gemma Periam With schools being back today, what type of learning will be valued and prioritised? Will it be just another form of lockdown for students in the hope of ‘catching up’ on what has been missed while learning at home? Will schools even consider...

We thank POET for enabling us to invest in our students. Building their confidence, social and emotional capital will ensure that they will be better citizens of tomorrow

-Principal, Melville High School

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