King’s High School

Year 13 Outdoor Education Course

Conditions of Involvement

A student who has enrolled in this course for the year is required to accept the conditions under which the course operates and have their parents/guardians approval to participate. Please carefully read the conditions outlined below and explained in class and if you wish to continue with the course sign the copy given to you in class, get your parents/guardians to sign it and return it to your teacher.

1. Due to the predominant nature of the course and the need to travel off campus, lunch and after school may be taken. Students will be notified of this beforehand.

2. Due to the practical components of the course most sessions will require students to bring appropriate clothing and equipment to change into and use. A failure to bring this will exclude a student being involved and repeated failure will result in a student being removed form the class. A lack of appropriate equipment will on occasions make activities dangerous for themselves and the rest of the group.

3. It would help if the student had access to a good quality mountain bike, and a wetsuit. It is not intended that students have to purchase these.

4. The course uses some outside instructors and venues and will often require students being transported to sites in and around Dunedin. The Surfing, Snowboarding and Mountain Biking may involve trips away. As it is there will be a cost of $420.00 for the year, plus the optional ski trip. Students will be excluded from involvement until payment is made or the school has been contacted to make payment arrangements.

5. The purpose of the course as outlined is to complete a number of industry based standards from the Qualifications Framework so students gain qualifications toward possible future study and careers. The standards offered are a mixture of level 2 (7 credits) and Level 3 (28 credits). These credits count toward NCEA Level 2/3 and so successful completion of these is a focus of the course. Only 11 of these level 3 credits can be used for University Entrance

6. Some of the activities covered in this course will involve an element of risk. All possible steps will be taken to remove or control this however students and parents/guardians need to be aware of this before entering the course.

7. Students who suffer from medical conditions that may effect their participation in some activities will need to disclose these on the relevant forms so staff and instructors are aware prior to the start of the course and can adjust activities where possible.

8. Due to the nature of some activities students may have some concerns, and should feel free to discuss these first with the class teacher and if required the school’s Guidance Counsellor.

9. Throughout the course students will be presented with challenges necessary to pass assessments for the qualifications offered. All activities will operate on the basis of challenge by choice where the student has the final choice as to their level of participation. It must be noted that in the case of assessments against set standards a student who chooses to involve themselves below the required standard would not be able to pass the assessment.

10. Students must make themselves aware of the departments NCEA Rules – Student Information Sheet. This document fully explains the process of assessment for this course including absences from assessments and reassessment. This will be introduced to students in the first class lesson and a copy should be retained in their class folder.

11. There is also an Optional Ski trip in Winter. This trip has 8 credits at level 3 or 4 credits at level 2. With anything there is a cost of $351(2011 price). This is extra and I remind you that it is optional, but organised through Outdoor Education.


Permission Slip

My son ………………………………………………………… allowed to participate in the Year 13 Outdoor Education program offered at King’s High School. I accept that the nature of the course will have an additional cost of $420 for the year (plus the optional ski trip). Due now, or automatic payments need to be sorted out at the office.


Health and Physical Education Department

NCEA Rules – Student Information

This year you will be involved in NCEA studying for a series of internally assessed achievement standards at level 3. This means you will be assessed throughout the year as each unit is completed. As such you need to be organised and familiar with how the following procedures work within this department.

1. Reassessment

For each internal achievement standard you are assessed on you have the opportunity to be reassessed should you fail to achieve it, under the following guidelines.

Note: Practical internally assessed standards will only have one assessment time

· There will only be one opportunity for a reassessment of each achievement standard offered where it is possible to provide this

· Reassessment will be offered to students who did not gain achieved

· Reassessments may take one or more of the following formats:

- A task the same as the original task for practical work

- A similar yet different task for written assignments or written work

- A verbal reassessment. In some instances your teacher may reassess you verbally to find the evidence they need to pass you. In this instance the teacher will write your name on the paper and sign and date it

2. Appeals

When an assessed piece of work is returned to you by your teacher they will explain how the work was marked and how your grade was awarded. If you feel you have not been treated fairly you should follow these instructions:

· Within five days you need to see your teacher and discuss your concerns with them. This must be at a time that suits you both

· If you are not satisfied at this point you should contact the senior co-ordinator – Mr Frost – and collect an appeals form to fill out. You then take this to see the Head of the Department – Mr Cassidy

· If you are still not satisfied after this meeting your appeal will be referred to the Principal

3. Assessment Acceptance

At the conclusion of each unit of work your marked work will be returned to you and your teacher will go over it with you and explain how grades were awarded. At the conclusion of this if you are satisfied with your grade you are required to sign off the task by placing your signature in the space provided and dating it. This will then be returned to your teacher.

4. Late Work or Missed Assessment

· Late work or missed assessments will not be accepted under any circumstances unless accompanied by an acceptable excuse as laid out below

· In the case of illness a medical certificate must be supplied wherever possible in advance of the due date

· In the case of medical excuse a student will complete a classroom based assessment at the next convenient classroom session

· Where no acceptable excuse is supplied a student may be offered the assessment opportunity when the rest of the class is offered the reassessment opportunity as outlined above. Only one assessment opportunity will then be available

5. Authentication of work

All work you hand in or assessed in this year must be your own. Any work handed in that is not yours will mean you automatically fail that achievement standard. To ensure your work is yours you will be required to fulfil some or all of the following depending upon the nature of the work.

· Some written tasks will only be completed in class with your teacher present

· You may be required to sign a form and have your parents/guardians sign it as well to show it is your work

· You will be required to reference any written research work including web sites so teachers can check them

· You may be quizzed orally by your teacher to check you actually understand and know the work you have presented

· You may need to have a coach or parent sign a form as proof of practical work completed outside the school

6. Storage of Work

Upon completion your written work will be collected back in by your teacher and stored at school until all moderation is completed. Work will not be returned to you. Some will be retained for comparison against following year groups.

7. Extensions

This department will comply with the extensions policy laid down in the staff NCEA handbook.

General Information

Year 13 Outdoor Education

Course Outline

Term 1




Week 1 – 11

Week 1 - 8

Week 8 – 11


Plan a physical activity experience

Risk Management










Term 2

Week 1 – 10

Week 4 – 10

Mountain Biking

Risk Management













Term 3

Week 1 - 11

Week 9

Ice Hockey











Term 4

Week 1 – 3

Week 1 – 3

Explain effectiveness of physical activity

Reassessment Surfing







Total Credits







Key * means these credits can be used for University Entrance

Level 3 Outdoor Education
Level 2 Outdoor Education
Level 1 Outdoor Education