School on high with outdoors' recognition

22:49, Nov 28 2013
Gore High School
Gore High School rafters, from left, top, Tristan Barrie, William Eden and Darcy Green and, bottom, Jayde Ward, Jesse O'Donoghue and Daniel Holland who completed the school's outdoor education programme this year.

Gore High School has taken its sporting education to a new level after making the top three for the education programme award as part of the Outdoor Awards 2013.

The outdoor education programme has been running at the school for five years.

Teacher in charge Dale Kington said the aim was to create a hands on opportunity for the students.

"We try and do the hands-on things to make it real for students."

Education Outdoors New Zealand nominated the school for the award.

Mr Kington said while he was surprised at the nomination, it was pleasing to have the support.

The programme has four camps a year, with different themes for each of the camps.

"Each term has a camp where they [the students] put the skills they have learnt into practice."

The school will continue to offer the programme to its year 12 and 13 students and although they did not win the award, Mr Kington was still happy with the top three placing.