Marsden Valley Education Centre
LEOTC Active hands-on experiences to enhance and inspire your students’ learning
The Education Centre at the Shantytown Heritage Park was started in 1998 to provide learning experiences outside of the classroom, and is part funded by the Ministry of Education. Schools from all over New Zealand visit the centre, which boasts a range of learning programmes based on but not limited to the colourful history of the West Coast. The school programmes are hands-on and active.
Students of all ages, from Year 1-13, are welcome and every group is catered for on an individual basis so that your Achievement Objectives and Learning Outcomes are met in full. All of our programmes are hands on and active, pose problems for students to solve and encourage group work and co-operation as well as individual achievement.
New Zealand Curriculum
Using language, symbols and texts
Relating to others
Participating and contributing
Marsden Valley Education Centre based in Shantytown, is supported by the Ministry of Education under a Learning Experiences Outside The Classroom (LEOTC) grant. Schools from any part of New Zealand may visit the centre, which boasts a range of learning programmes based on the colourful history of the West Coast.
Have your class camp in the heart of a “Gold Rush” town on the West Coast!
Shantytown in conjunction with Marsden Valley Education Centre, can offer a fabulous opportunity to host camps right here in the township.
Each year a wide range of special days and periods are celebrated. For example, Chinese New Year, ANZAC, Matariki and Victorian Christmas.
Can we assist with your specific celebrations? Special programmes to take advantage of celebrations, festivals and topical themes have previously included:
- Lantern Festival Overnight Camps Celebrating the Chinese New Year
- First Encounters 250 Celebrations to mark 250th Anniversary of Captains Cook’s arrival in New Zealand.
Contact us at the MVEC to find out more.
The Marsden Valley Education Centre Team
This was the start of our survival unit so has provided us with great stepping stones.
My students have gained so much about the importance of not only the West Coast but of where they lived. It is one thing to just sit in the class; it's a whole other story to experience it!
Giving a real clear knowledge of the life and history of Denniston & surrounding areas.
It's been fantastic for the class to have a range of hands on activities and to see the range of fossils/gems/stones. They were able to hear from experts in the field.
So much more meaningful to see and hear in this environment than just reading about it.
The children have experienced learning in an authentic context. My special needs child was able to participate in every activity.