enhance learning, through a variety of well-designed, first-hand experiences
provide experiences for students that encourage awareness of the values and philosophies of the tangata whenua, and with other cultures within the school community
increase students' knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the school area, local district, and other familiar and unfamiliar places
promote ecological awareness and personal responsibility towards the environment
develop students' skills in observation, recording, and organisation
help students develop self-confidence and a sense of adventure
assist students in their social development by placing them with others in unfamiliar situations
help students develop an attitude of responsibility, particularly towards their own safety and that of others
provide students with opportunities to work together in a group.
follow Ministry of Education regulations and guidelines on safety and supervision, risk management, leadership, and legal requirements
ensure adequate ongoing training for all staff involved in EOTC, including support staff attending approved workshops, seminars, courses and training, and assessment schemes.