Experiences For Students
Aside from classroom learning, students at Kaitangata also experience a variety of sporting codes provided through visits from the Sports Activator and Sport Otago. The school funds 10 visits from the Sports Activator every year and this provides coaching for all children in a variety of codes : athletics, rippa rugby, hockey, basketball, tennis, golf etc
Pupils in the senior school are also given the opportunity to take part in South Otago events such as athletics, cross country, quadrathon, soccer, hockey and rippa rugby. We have a policy of involving every student. The Board of Trustees also budgets to pay for the cost of buses to many sporting events as part of its inclusive policy.
Local clubs also provide coaching and involvement in netball and rugby.
All students are taken to the heated pool in Balclutha for swimming lessons twice a year.
Tennis Skills with the Tui class Winter Camp - Skiing
Year 7 & 8 students take part in a Winter Camp in the Lakes District every second year. They take part in a wide range of activities in Wanaka and Queenstown(including skiing) Students fundraise for this during the previous 6 months and each student benefits from their own fundraising efforts.
Year 7 & 8 students attend the Technology centre at South Otago High School for 1 day every fortnight as part of their curriculum.
Our school has a strong kapahaka group led by Corrine Brown. This group practises during school time and we are incredibly proud of their performances. They regularly perform at the Dunedin Pasifika Festival as well as the Milton Matariki festival. Students enjoy the opportunity to sing waiata together and gain an appreciation of maori tikanga. The whole school also regularly organises a marae visit and school hangi.
Our school likes to be involved in any cultural events on offer. We tale part in the South Otago Music Festival every second year and we are also involved in the Dunedin Ukulele Jam every year. The school has its own production every second year and takes pride in involving every student. This production is often written by senior students with the assistance of our Deputy Principal and involves singing, dancing, drama and playing musical instruments.