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It's a wrap

It's that time of the year when we wrap up a number of programmes. Our full-year Level 3 NZCOE students graduated, we hosted the Bryce Jourdain Scholarship Week for Year 8 students, completed all our NCEA programmes, nine students recently finished the popular Pest Eradication & Bush Survival training scheme and we completed adventurous journeys for the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Ka pai everyone. 

Level 3 NZ Certificate in Outdoor Experiences Graduation

Congratulations to our 12 Level 3 students who have graduated this month. Together they’ve learnt outdoor pursuit, leadership and personal development skills. They are now equipped to work or do further study towards a career in adventure tourism, community health, education, outdoor instruction and guiding, the defence force, police, conservation and restoration, paramedic and search and rescue. Contact us to find out how to be a part of this course in 2021.

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Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Qualification

It was great to be part of the bronze qualifying journey for a group of Duke of Edinburgh participants on our Bush Survival & Tramping school holiday programme. Their journey included a tramp, overnight mountain camp and another tramp. Well done for coping in snowy conditions! Congratulations to the 14 students from Opunake High School who also achieved this qualification during term time.

Congratulations Grover

Congratulations to our leader, Grover, who was a nominee in the Tall Totara New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association (NZOIA) annual awards. What a great reflection on a 30-year career in outdoor education.

Collaborating with WITT

Together we work on a number of programmes with WITT. The latest collaboration is combining WITT’s New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4) with the TSB TOPEC New Zealand Certificate in Outdoor Leadership (Level 4). This 120 credit, full-time course sets participants up for a career in adventure tourism, tour operator, community health and education, outdoor instruction, fitness of gym trainer, defence force or police. Both of these courses can be studied separately.

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It’s a NCEA wrap

Our popular NCEA programme wrapped up at the end of Term 3 with students from FDMC, Hawera, Waitara and Inglewood completing either block course or attending a day per week to gain credits at Level 1, 2 and 3 in adventure-based learning (ABL), leadership, tramping and other activities as part of their outdoor education programme. Highlights included the caving, orienteering and rafting modules!

Pests be gone

Nine students recently finished the popular Pest Eradication and Bush Survival training scheme. Participants earn 12 Level 3 credits and can do this scheme one day a week to complement other study or work, as a block course or as a lead into the WITT Certificate in Pest Control. Enquire with TOPEC or check out the WITT website for more information about this and other courses we link up to deliver together.

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Bryce Jourdain Camp

We had another great group of Bryce Jourdain Year 8 scholarship students from around Taranaki Maunga at TSB TOPEC at the end of the last term. The students participate in a programme of self-discovery and personal development as well as having a lot of fun! Look out for notices about this popular Year 8 scholarship camp mid-way through next year.


Did you know our EcoLodge is available for hire? Ideal for family reunions, large groups and out of town visitors, the lodge sleeps 11. Prices start from $200 per night. Check out the details and book on Bach Break. 
You can also hire the whole TSB TOPEC facility, contact us for details.

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