Being challenged in many settings away from school is a hallmark of a Saint Kentigern education. 

Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) takes many forms at Senior College level, including field trips associated with particular curriculum subjects such as Geography and Biology; organised trips to art galleries or museums for our visual arts students; workshops for performing arts students; university lectures; theatre visits; service opportunities in many guises; and the opportunity for small groups of students to represent the College at events such as MUNA (Model United Nations Assembly) and Young Enterprise. 

Outdoor learning opportunities include the opportunity for some to sail on the Spirit of New Zealand, to join the Tramping Club or become involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award Scheme. 

Each year there are further opportunities for groups of students to travel abroad either to give Service, such as our annual trips to Vanuatu to build houses and work in schools, or to extend their personal horizons on trips such as the curriculum based trips which run on a 3-year cycle such as the Performing Arts, Music and Media Studies trips to the USA, the History Tour to Europe, language trips to Japan, France or Spain and a range of others. Over the years, our Pipes and Drums have regularly travelled abroad to play.

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The Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award scheme has growing numbers of students registered at Bronze, Silver and Gold level.

We are proud that many of our students have persevered to achieve the highest accolade, the Gold Award. The College has a unique history as it was the first College in New Zealand to offer the award. In 1961 the first group of nine boys started at Bronze level. Now we have well over 100 students enrolled in the scheme each year. The Awards are tough and not easily achieved, entailing a huge amount of individual challenge and personal commitment. 

At Bronze and Silver level there are four sections to complete. These sections are balanced to provide a framework that encourages physical activity, mental challenge, individual perseverance, teamwork and interaction with other people. A fifth section is added at Gold level, a residential project that requires participants to spend five or more days on a purposeful project with new companions.

The Sections are:

Giving help in the local community

Covering almost any non-physical hobby, skill or interest

Adventurous Journey
Training for, practising, planning and completing a journey on foot, horseback or by boat or cycle

Physical Recreation
Sport, dance and fitness

Residential Project
For the Gold level only - spending 5 or more days on a purposeful project with new companions


The ‘Adventurous Journey’ section sees groups of our students set out to the ranges in the Waitakeres, Hunua or Coromandel or further afield to Great Barrier Island, the Hauraki Gulf or Marlborough Sounds, on both practice and assessment expeditions. 

This requires them to spend five days in an unfamiliar environment undertaking activities that are of benefit to themselves or others. Over the years, students have been to Nepal, Vanuatu, Fiji, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and the South Island to complete this.