School Visits

LEOTC at Waitangi Treaty Grounds


The Waitangi National Trust in association with the Ministry of Education has developed an education programme available to schools visiting the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. It is offered under the Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom (LEOTC) programme.

The aim of LEOTC is to complement and enrich the learning that students experience in the classroom. At the Treaty Grounds it supports and extends prior learning by engaging the students in discovering significant historical features here.

The programme has a major focus on the Social Sciences and History, but also covers an integrated curriculum aimed at all levels, utilising the broad range of the Treaty Grounds’ resources.

The programme and activities outlined in the Teacher Booklet and lesson plans can be modified to suit different year groups and school requirements.

The goal is for all participants to be engaged and motivated learners who can integrate their learning in their own lives in a relevant and purposeful way.

Treaty of Waitangi – Social Studies Levels 4 and 5
Social Studies and History Classroom Resources
Achievement Objectives – Social Studies and History Curriculum

On-site experiences

The education experience on the Waitangi Treaty Grounds is aimed at bringing to life the history and stories that surround the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

LEOTC Booking Form
Waitangi Treaty Grounds Safety Requirements for Visiting Schools
Child Protection Policy
Education Agreement
Risk Analysis and Management Information

Teacher Booklet

The sample lesson plan provided in the Teacher Booklet gives a generic overview of the basic experience delivered while on site.

The Programme Menu in the Teacher Booklet shows the range of experiences available to allow individual classes or school groups to customize their own programme to meet their specific curriculum needs.

The Education Officer will be available to help plan and deliver your tailor-made learning experience.

For specific Pre- and Post-visit classroom programmes we have provided links to lesson plans and learning material that support the NZ Social Sciences curriculum. These are provided at all levels and show the strands and achievement objectives they support.

The Treaty Resources and Information on this education website serve to provide a basis for initial reference material that has links for further study or research.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds Education Programme Teacher Booklet

Bay of Islands Education Network

Bay of Islands Education Network logoThe Bay of Islands Education Network is a collective of tourism operators dedicated to offering extraordinary experiences to the education sector in the beautiful Bay of Islands and Northland area. As well as being one of the members of the network Waitangi National Trust are the current facilitators.

The Bay of Islands Education Network takes the hassle out of organising a field trip by building an itinerary specific to your class size and curriculum needs, while offering you the best price and quality experiences for your class or student group.

The Network offers a variety of experiences to suit your needs from day visits to multi-day itineraries including activities, meals, transport and accommodation.

Let the Bay of Islands Education Network make your next school trip easy!

For more information on the Bay of Islands Education Network take a look at the website

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