Logan Park High School
Logan Park High School is a co-educational school in Dunedin, a city of 120,000, home to the University of Otago, and known as the “student city”. The school is set in a valley surrounded by forest, about five minutes’ walk from the university and polytechnic campus and 20 minutes’ walk from the city centre.
Dunedin is a clean, safe and beautiful city with a sense of tradition, history and strong Scottish origins. It is situated on a spectacular harbour and is surrounded by many superb beaches that are famous for wildlife, including penguins, albatrosses and seals.
Logan Park is well-known as Dunedin’s performance arts school and is proud of its well-deserved reputation for academic excellence, based on outstanding national scholarship results, making it the top academic school in Dunedin over the past four years.
Logan Park has a roll of 600 students from year 9 to year 13. The school is strong in English, Media Studies, Art, Music, Drama, Science, Maths and languages, including Latin, Maori, French and Chinese. There are numerous opportunities for musical students, including two school choirs, several chamber music groups, a jazz band, an orchestra and various rock bands.
Logan Park offers a wide range of sports with competitive teams in field hockey, (played on artificial turf), football, basketball, futsal and ice hockey as well as badminton, volley ball and tennis. The school is adjacent to the city’s athletic stadium and after school training is available for high level athletics. The school has its own indoor climbing wall, and an active climbing club.
We offer an Outdoor Experience programme of at least 2 trips each term, including kayaking, skiing/snow boarding, tramping, cycling and sightseeing in the stunning scenery of the lower South Island made famous in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. We also offer a Sports class for international students, which combines popular sports with an introduction to Maori sport and cultural activities including weaving, kapa haka, and rakau, which is traditional martial art.
Cultural activities and clubs include a very strong film club and robotics club, as well as numerous drama performances, annual participation in Stage Challenge, chess, an environmental club, kapa haka, debating and creative writing.
International students are well integrated into the wider school community and the diversity of our students is celebrated every year with an annual Race Unity day assembly, an international variety concert and the international food festival, and a mayoral welcome.
International students usually live in homestays with carefully selected families and all students are supported by the school’s pastoral care groups.
Logan Park High School is a signatory to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students.
NZ and Outdoor Education
The NZ and Outdoor Education course tcombines learning about the Maori culture, language and customs with a range of outdoor activities. As part of this course students visit a Maori meeting house (a marae), learn how to make Maori carvings and flax flowers, and learn other aspects of Maori culture. In terms of outdoor education, students learn safety and suvival skills in the wild, and go surfing, climbing, camping, hiking and kayaking, among other activities.
Students will gain knowledge, skills and experience to:
- Learn the basics of Maori language.
- Gain an insight into Maori cultural protocol.
- Participate confidently and competently within Maori contexts.
- Demonstrate safe practice in a range of outdoor activities in different locations, such as coastal areas, forests, lakes, sea, and mountain terrain.
- Develop interpersonal skills when working within a team.
- Develop confidence and intrapersonal skills.
- There is a large practical side to the NZ and Outdoor Education course. It covers team games, individual activities, fitness, teamwork and safety. It mixes practical and theory lessons to ensure students gain their full potential. These are an essential component involving safe practice and the skills necessary to experience, appreciate and enjoy the New Zealand outdoors.
- The course is designed to develop the necessary skills needed for cultural appreciation and interaction within a New Zealand context.
- Physical activities are used to improve self-esteem, communication skills, and confidence of the students.
Logan Park is committed to providing a range of outdoor experience opportunities for international students, with two activities per term. A sample of possible activities is outlined below:
A three day trip to Lake Tekapo
In the high country of Canterbury. Fun activities include skating, hot pools and tubing. Weather permitting, we can walk in to view New Zealand’s highest mountain, Mt Cook/Aoraki, across swing bridges and raging rivers through spectacular scenery.
Overnight trip to Moeraki
Famous for the round boulders on the beach. There are great beach walks, and an evening visit to view the seals and rare yellow eyed penguins in their natural habitat.
Skiing and Snowboarding
There are several ski fields within easy reach of Dunedin with excellent facilities. Lessons are provided for everyone. Accommodation is in cabins in a holiday park or in a lodge.
Long Tramp in Fiordland
A 5 day tramp in November into the mountains in the headwaters of Lake Wakatipu. It involves a round trip up the Caples River, a bit of a climb over McKellor Saddle, and then back down the Greenstone River.
Kayaking and Cycling at Mavora Lakes
The Mavora Lakes, near Te Anau, are surrounded by spectacular mountains. We will camp next to the northern lake, then explore both lakes in double sea-kayaks (training is provided). Short tramps and cycling are included in this adventure.
Bush and beach adventures in the Catlins
From our base at a lodge near Tautuku Beach we enjoy bush walks, games, an overnight camp at the beach, a rather ‘muddy’ time and trips further afield to see waterfalls, sea lions and other natural wonders.
Homestay fees are calculated on a 12-week term. The Homestay fees for 2012 are $230 per week ($220 paid to homestay family, $10 administration fee).
$525 for 12 months. Insurance is calculated on the number of weeks from when students leave home until they return home at the end of their stay.
Tuition Fees quoted include:
- Up to 12 hours ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) tuition per week
- All equipment required in classroom activities (students provide own stationery)
- Activities that are part of the school programme (Orientation programme, House Day and I.D. cards)
- Goods and Services tax (GST) 15%
The contingency fee is used for other school-related costs and anything not used is refunded at the end of the year.
- NCEA internal and external subject credits ($375 per year)
- New Zealand Speech Board entry fees (approximately $70)
- Sports clothing and equipment
- Subject/course fees (eg Photography, Field Trips)
- Musical instrument hire and tuition
- Social activities (except Orientation Programme)
- Photography students need to provide their own digital camera
- Outdoor Experience trips. There will be up to eight trips per year. For Tramping trips, students need to provide their own boots, sleeping bags, and warm and protective clothing. Students will be advised of the cost of each trip. All students not sitting NCEA are expected to take part in activities organised during exam leave in November.