26th February 2015
We have been selected by KidsCan to go on a free day trip to Rangitoto Island on Tuesday March 24th. It will mean that the children would need to be at school by 8am as the bus will be leaving school at 8.25am. We won’t be waiting around for latecomers as we need to catch the ferry. The itinerary is below. At the moment the options have not been confirmed.
|8.30 am||Buses will pick the children + teachers up from the school grounds to the ferry terminal in the CBD (exact time TBC depending on the schools location|
|10.30 am||Travel on the Fullers ferry to Rangitoto Island|
|11.00 am||Arrive at Rangitoto Island
Note: the ferry usually moors at Rangitoto Wharf, weather permitting. If it is a particularly windy day, the ferry may have to moor at Islington Bay
|11.00am – 3.30pm
|If the ferry moors at Rangitoto Island, the group has the option of climbing the summit of Rangitoto
Please note that this is optional. It is up to the school to make the decision on whether or not the students have the capability to make the climb, and whether the students have the appropriate clothing and footwear
1 hr walk to summit from Rangitoto Wharf – this is the best view from the island!
Explore lava caves (20 minute walk from summit). There is a lovely, shady area to stop for lunch by the entrance to the lava cave walk
45 minute walk from the summit to the Rangitoto wharf
Flax Point, a 30 minute walk from Rangitoto Wharf, is a good place for spotting NZ birdlife
If the ferry moors at Islington Bay, there are various 20-50 minute inland and coastal walking tracks, including a track that leads to a WW II military site
Educational activities – KidsCan suggests the school develops an educational activity about the island for the children to complete while on the island, particularly if the student’s aren’t doing the summit climb
|3.30 pm||Ferry departs Rangitoto Ferry or Islington Bay|
|4.00 pm||Arrive back at CBD. Bus pick up to provide transport back to school|
|6:00 pm||Arrive back at school grounds (exact time TBC depending on the schools location)|
What to Bring:
|Water! KidsCan to provide x1 650ml bottle|
|Students to provide a packed lunch|
|Day pack – the children will need to carry their own packed lunch and water|
|Sturdy, covered walking shoes|
|Warriors (or personal) rain jacket (The school can provide these although they are more winter wear so if the day is wet and humid they may be too hot to wear).|
|KidsCan will provide sunblock/sun cream|
|KidsCan will provide first aid items including gauze pads and antihistamine|
|Sunhats – the volcanic terrain absorbs the heat from the sun. The children will wear their school hats.|
There are no shops on the island. Food can be bought at the ferry terminal prior to the meeting time, or on the ferry. All items taken to the island must also be taken away, including rubbish.
Important: Medication – Please ensure you bring all personal medication you require with you.
Keeping Rangitoto beautiful!
|Rangitoto Island is ‘pest-free’ and we need your help to keep it this way.
· Check your bag for stowaway pests before you go – rodents, ants, skinks and soil and seeds
· Bring a bag which can be zipped up tight – no open bags
· Clean your shoes – remove all soil and seeds.
Teachers and KidsCan volunteers will satisfy adult to student ratios but KidsCan has said some more volunteers would be welcome. This of course will be limited so once we get slips in and gauge interest we’ll ask KidsCan what the limit will be.
I give permission for___________________________________ to go to the Rangitoto Island Day Excursion on Tuesday March 24th and will organise picking up my child from school at 5-6pm that evening.
Signed: ___________________ Name: _______________________
Yes, I am able to accompany Room ____ on Tuesday 24th March.