Community First

This week is Volunteer Week and just like last year, we wanted to share the stories of some of people we know who are giving back to their community by sharing their time, knowledge and skills. As a community organisation we believe in the importance of this week to...

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Camp Wrap Up #2

Well I survived! Four weeks of back to back camps during May meant I was a bit tired in the end. Unusual for me to need two nights in a row of in bed before 9pm to recover – getting old! Lots to do, places to be, and conversations to be had. Overall things went really...

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Our People: Mike

I became aware of the work of POET during my time as a lecturer at the University of Waikato. As a teacher and researcher of outdoor education I was drawn to POET’s mission of making a difference in young people’s lives through place-responsive approaches to learning....

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Pak n Go

Camps take a lot of planning and organisation to be well run and for students to gain as much as they can from their experiences. Together with schools we make sure students get transported, accommodated and fed (along with a whole heap of other things). We're always...

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#ThankATeacher

At POET, maximising teacher facilitation of our outdoor education programmes is a fundamental principle. Teachers know their students best. They know the culture of the school learning environment and know how their students might respond to the real experiences with...

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Highs & Lows

One of the activities supported on POET camps are high and low ropes.  So why do we use high ropes in programs? Our programs use adventurous activities to create a progression of challenges that ask students to both push themselves personally and work together as a...

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