International students trips and activities

What else can I do?

While you study at Mount Hutt College you can get to see and experience more of New Zealand with subject trips, extra curricular activities (such as going to sport tournaments) and also our special international student trips and activities. Some activities are seasonal activities and so are available for part of the year. Do ask us for further information if you have a particular interest. Our families and community have a wide range of interests – only a few main ones are mentioned here.

Overview

Most school activities take part within the school day. Many of our students travel to school on the school bus and leave to go home after school. It is usual for school students to also be involved in community activities (which will involve both school students and adult members of the community) in the evening and/or weekends.

Term 1 is the best time for:

School:

Whole school events of swimming sports and athletics, which can lead to selection for interschool competitive events.

The beginning of the year for full year cultural activities (some can be joined for part of a year at a later stage) such as music groups, choir and KapaHaka.

Wednesday sports period includes a range of summer codes such as volleyball, golf, badminton, cricket.

Outdoor Education is water based: kayaking.

Student committees for senior students to join include: Social, Entertainment, Welfare, Environment, TeenAg – these provide leadership opportunities.

Community:

The second part of the summer season for codes such as Tennis and Cricket.

Team sports: trials for winter sports codes such as rugby, football, netball, hockey are held (competitions cover Term 2- part of Term 3)

The beginning of the year for full year cultural activities (some can be joined for part of a year at a later stage) in dance, drama, music.

MountainGym Fitness Centre for individual programmes and group classes.

Volunteer opportunities: assisting with Scouts, Guides, Brownies.

Golf club – Methven has an excellent golf course and student membership is very reasonable.

Walkways and cycle ways – there are good walkways/cycle paths which provide fresh air and exercise while enjoying our beautiful environment. If your host family has a dog they will love to join you!

Methven Badminton club hold a weekly evening in the school gymnasium.

Methven Squash is located at the Methven Domain.

Methven Swimming Pool is open for the first part of Term 1.

Horseriding – with your family is possible in a horseriding homestay placement (in countryside), and/or at Pam’s Arena for lessons.

Term 2 is the best time for:

School:

Whole school event of Cross Country, which can lead to selection for interschool competitive events.

Cultural activities such as music groups, choir and KapaHaka continue.

Wednesday sports period includes a range of winter codes such as rugby, football, hockey, netball, and can lead to interschool events.

Outdoor Education is land based: rock climbing, mountain biking, tramping.

The School Ball is held.

Student committees for senior students to join include: Social, Entertainment, Welfare, Environemnt, TeenAg – these provide leadership opportunities.

Community:

Team sports: trials for winter sports codes such as rugby, football, netball, hockey are held (competitions cover Term 2- part of Term 3)

Cultural activities in dance, drama, music continue.

MountainGym Fitness Centre for individual programmes and group classes.

Volunteer opportunities: assisting with Scouts, Guides, Brownies.

Golf club – Methven has an excellent golf course and student membership is very reasonable.

Walkways and cycle ways – there are good walkways/cycle paths which provide fresh air and exercise while enjoying our beautiful environment. If your host family has a dog they will love to join you!

Methven Badminton club hold a weekly evening in the school gymnasium.

Methven Squash is located at the Methven Domain.

Horseriding – with your family is possible in a horseriding homestay placement (in countryside), and/or at Pam’s Arena for lessons.

Term 3 is the best time for:

School:

Term 3 Snowsports programme – Wednesday half day at Mt Hutt skifield.

Cultural activities such as music groups, choir and KapaHaka continue.

Wednesday sports period includes the snowsports option (for ski-ing and snowboarding) and a range of alternative options e.g claybird shooting, badminton, basketball.

Outdoor Education is snow based: ski-ing, snowboarding, snow caving.

Student committees for senior students to join include: Social, Entertainment, Welfare, Environemnt, TeenAg – these provide leadership opportunities.

Community:

Team sports – winter sports codes such as rugby, football, netball, hockey continue and conclude (competitions cover Term 2- part of Term 3)

Cultural activities in dance, drama, music continue.

MountainGym Fitness Centre for individual programmes and group classes.

Volunteer opportunities: assisting with Scouts, Guides, Brownies.

Golf club – Methven has an excellent golf course and student membership is very reasonable.

Walkways and cycle ways – there are good walkways/cycle paths which provide fresh air and exercise while enjoying our beautiful environment. If your host family has a dog they will love to join you!

Methven Badminton club hold a weekly evening in the school gymnasium.

Methven Squash is located at the Methven Domain.

Horseriding – with your family is possible in a horseriding homestay placement (in countryside), and/or at Pam’s Arena for lessons.

Term 4 is the best time for:

School:

Cultural activities such as music groups, choir and KapaHaka continue.

Wednesday sports period includes summer sports e.g. tennis, cricket, softball.

When local students go on study leave for their end of year exams international students will have an alternative programme (always well enjoyed!).

Community:

Summer team sports: first half of summer season.

Cultural activities in dance, drama, music continue.

MountainGym Fitness Centre for individual programmes and group classes.

Volunteer opportunities: assisting with Scouts, Guides, Brownies.

Golf club – Methven has an excellent golf course and student membership is very reasonable.

Walkways and cycle ways – there are good walkways/cycle paths which provide fresh air and exercise while enjoying our beautiful environment. If your host family has a dog they will love to join you!

Methven Badminton club hold a weekly evening in the school gymnasium.

Methven Squash is located at the Methven Domain.

Horseriding – with your family is possible in a horseriding homestay placement (in countryside), and/or at Pam’s Arena for lessons.

INDEPENDENT TRAVEL (travel is not with host family)

All age (both over and under 18) students must submit a detailed request for any independent travelĀ in advance.

This will then be considered and the student will be advised if approved or not within one week.

For students under 18 years of age we permit that they can join an organised and supervised student trip by an approved operator. We can assist students with making these arrangements and can ensure they book with a safe and quality provider. These trips are usually very cost effective as they include transport, accommodation, most meals and entry and activity costs which the operator can arrange at discounted prices (compared to the costs an individual will pay for the same).

Otherwise for students under 18 these requests will only be approved when it involves travelling with, or to stay with, known family or friends of family who can provide the care and supervision required under theĀ The Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016.

Any approval will also take into consideration host family plans for the holiday break and whether the family has intentions or arrangements for holiday time. If this is the case then students are expected to take part in family life, With busy lives and school routines during the term many families plan to do more in the holiday break.

 

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International student trip to the Crusaders Rugby game at AMI Stadium, Christchurch, March 2017.

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Year 12 Geography class Fieldtrip to Mt Cook National Park, Term 1 2017.

Ice skating

Ice skating Term 4 2016.

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Akaora trip Term 4 2016.

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