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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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Tarawera High School Year 9s enjoying being outdoors in the sunshine this week ... See MoreSee Less

School holidays are upon us which often mean a whole lot of 'Yays' from the kids and a few 'ummmms' from the parents who aren't sure how to keep said kids entertained!

We've got a couple of tips for you below, but then we'd love to hear your 'holiday hacks' to keep the boredom at bay:
1) Get out in nature - walking is free and there are a tonne of tracks to choose from in the Waikato! Have a simple Google or search your local DOC website to see what's around.
2) Get them into the garden - growing things is super rewarding for kids, it connects them with where their kai comes from, and it'll save you on the grocery bill too! Now is a great time to plant lettuce, spinach and silverbeet so grab some seedlings from your local hardware or even supermarket (they normally sell them out the front of the store) and chuck them in the ground!
3) On rainy days, get the boardgames or cards out and get involved! Many a rainy day has been passed with a competitive game of family Monopoly, plus it's quality family time that doesn't feel like a chore. If you're short on the board-game side of things, remember that most libraries will rent them out!

Okay your turn - we'd love to hear what's keeping your kids entertained these holidays!
... See MoreSee Less

School holidays are upon us which often mean a whole lot of Yays from the kids and a few ummmms from the parents who arent sure how to keep said kids entertained! 

Weve got a couple of tips for you below, but then wed love to hear your holiday hacks to keep the boredom at bay:
1) Get out in nature - walking is free and there are a tonne of tracks to choose from in the Waikato! Have a simple Google or search your local DOC website to see whats around. 
2) Get them into the garden - growing things is super rewarding for kids, it connects them with where their kai comes from, and itll save you on the grocery bill too! Now is a great time to plant lettuce, spinach and silverbeet so grab some seedlings from your local hardware or even supermarket (they normally sell them out the front of the store) and chuck them in the ground! 
3) On rainy days, get the boardgames or cards out and get involved! Many a rainy day has been passed with a competitive game of family Monopoly, plus its quality family time that doesnt feel like a chore. If youre short on the board-game side of things, remember that most libraries will rent them out! 

Okay your turn - wed love to hear whats keeping your kids entertained these holidays!
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-Principal, Melville High School

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