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As a registered Private Training Establishment (PTE), TOPEC employs qualified teachers alongside

highly-qualified, passionate instructors (N.Z. Outdoor Instructors Association (N.Z.O.I.A.) or equivalent. to run programmes for tertiary, secondary and primary aged-children.

TOPEC's programmes for Schools are constructed using the NZ Curriculum as the foundation document.

The learning area that best encapsulates our philosophy at TOPEC is Health and Physical Education; however, the outdoors is a fantastic environmental learning platform for many other subjects.

The concepts within the learning area of Health and Physical Education include:

  • Hauora

  • Attitudes and values

  • Socio-ecological perspectives

  • Health promotion

The strands that integrate the concepts include:

  • Personal health and physical development

  • Movement concepts and motor skills

  • Relationships with other people

  • Healthy communities and environments

Specifically, at TOPEC the following key areas of learning provide the vehicle for delivery of the concepts and strands:

  • Body care and physical safety

  • Physical activity

  • Sport studies

  • Outdoor Education

TOPEC promotes learners to become confident and creative, connected and actively involved. Programmes are based on core values and key competencies and are integrated with the New Zealand Curriculum achievement objectives.

Programmes include the facilitation and promotion of the following:

Key Competencies

  • Thinking

  • Using language, symbols and text

  • Managing self

  • Relating to others

  • Participating and contributing


  • Excellence

  • Innovation, inquiry and curiosity

  • Diversity

  • Equity

  • Community and participation

  • Integrity

  • Ecological sustainability/kaitiakitanga – respect and responsibility for self, for others and for the environment


The development of these competencies and values enables life-long learning. Click here to view our TOPEC scaffolded Learning Pathway​



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