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Perry Outdoor Education Trust



Marlene Julian

A Word From Our Chair

The 2018-19 year has been another busy one for POET. With 10 schools and 162 professional development days for our teachers, Donald, Gemma and Karen have had their hands full.

POET experiences take place

close to home, are low cost

and help build connections

between students, their

local environments and


Partner Schools


School Camps


Our Schools

Who we worked with

Te Kauwhata College

Forest View High

Melville High

Raglan Area

Huntly College

Hamilton Jnr High

Ngaruawahia High

Paeroa College

Fraser High

Tarawera High

Ngaruawahia High

Tarawera High

I find the value of Outdoor Education

crucial for students’ learning throughout

their time at school. The opportunities and

experiences that a young person can have

with the outdoors helps them to develop

as a human being.

-Jenny Russell
TK College

Professional Learning

Teaching Teachers

Perry Outdoor Education Trust delivers teacher training to support teachers to deliver quality outdoor education programmes.

To grow confidence, knowledge and

understanding in education outside

the classroom, I have found it very

valuable to attend POET led

PLD sessions.

-Rachel Parker
Huntly College

Our Brand

A Fresh Look

We have refreshed our brand to better reflect our history and to represent the way that we want to work with our young people.


Our new Trustee & Patron

Vicky McLennan


It is a privilege to be involved with Perry’s Outdoor Education Trust. In 35 years as an educator I have always been a passionate advocate of outdoor education.

Neil Callaghan


The outdoors experience has been the driving force in my life, especially following a life changing experience at 15 years old.

Attending Year 13 camp was a

really fun experience for me;

doing activities while being

surrounded by my fellow peers has

helped me to gain better trust and

stronger relationships with them

in the outdoors

-Jadon Leslie, student

Our Financials

Our Financials

Funding makes us function, both strategically and operationally so we believe it’s really important to spend wisely.  We respect the trust our supporters have in us and we endeavour to maintain the highest standards of transparency and accountability.

Click here for the 2018 consolidated accounts

  • Our annual running costs 12% 12%
  • Direct school partnership contributions 41% 41%
  • Income from commercial sponsorship 17% 17%

What They Say

Teacher Snippets

Tarawera High School

Outdoor skills open up new possibilities and careers for our students. They can learn to respect nature and see how our interactions change the environment. Some students are not strong at written subjects however can show excellence through the outdoors. Leadership skills get developed through challenging situations. Group dynamics change and students learn the important art of communication.

The outdoors is a great place for us all to come together on the same level. Without the support of POET we would not be able to provide these opportunities.

-Raewyn Morgan

Forest View High School

Every school year, Forest View High School are fortunate enough to work with POET. At Year 10 camp, POET have a more adventurous take on the outdoors with helping students with life skills in the bush, kitchen and around Lake Okatina, kayaking and tramping. Students are also lucky enough to learn about our environment that we live around.

Year 13 Camp was based on citizenship. Here, the aim was to build a stronger bond and remind ourselves of having ‘INTEGRITY’. We also learnt about what life would be like after high school and what reality may be. Personally, I was very fortunate to work alongside Gemma and Donald and they helped me broaden my leadership skills. Forest View High School are very grateful and appreciative for POET and all that they do for our school and students.

-Renee Hurliman

Good Reads

Our Favourite Posts

I believe that many of the

schools which POET supports

would not have otherwise had

these opportunities and

experiences of learning in

the outdoors

-Jessica Ensing, student

Supporting POET

What our sponsors say

I believe school camps are some of the most memorable events during your school life. It’s great to be helping, even in a small way, continue giving children the opportunity to create these memories. There’s nothing like the outdoors to learn about the benefits of taking some risks and understanding more about yourself and those around you.


– Pak n Save Mill St

First Credit Union believes it is so important for young people to experience Outdoor Education. With an increasing usage of technology and social media being outdoors encourages them to enjoy adventure and appreciate the amazing environment we live in. They have the opportunity to gain so many skills such as teamwork, communication and resilience and can also gain a new self-confidence from these experiences. The benefits of these adventures can be taken back into their everyday lives and communities.

– First Credit Union

A huge Thank You

Our Sponsors & Supporters


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