Rotoiti Lodge

Marlborough Girls College principal Karen Stewart takes on lead role as head principal at Lake Rotoiti Outdoor Education Centre.

The Education centre is a lodge which caters for nine colleges in the Marlborough Tasman region. It has a purpose of providing youth with an outdoor experience while proving beneficial in strengthening relationships with each other and teachers. The lodge however does not just facilitate school groups, but it's also open to outside community groups looking to build leadership and ongoing relationships amongst group members.

The lodge and lodge activities are run day to day by a dedicated group of staff, led by manager, Russell Ferens. The lodge administration is overseen by the Principal's Trust which is lead by one of the principals from the nine schools based on a two year rotation. This year Mrs. Stewart has become the head principal in the Rotoiti trust for the lodge. Mrs. Stewart's responsibility in the trust will be to lead the governance team and create the future strategic plan for the lodge. Mrs. Stewart hopes to look at the educational programs and the safety procedures operating at the lodge.

Community support is a vital part of keeping the lodge running as all funding comes from community grants, charity donations, lotteries and fees, without these the operation of the lodge would not be possible. Over the past few years the lodge has seen many improvements in its facilities including improvements in its appearance with painting and tidying being done. Outdoor seating has been put in place and the showers have seen a much needed upgrade, no longer consisting of see-through walls!

Each year the lodge is used by year 10 students at Marlborough Girls' College who travel up in groups throughout the year for a week's stay, and the opportunity to participate in the range of activities on offer. These include mountain biking, orienteering, confidence courses, overnight tramps to Lake Head, flying kiwi, pamper pole and much more. The lodge is also used as a base for year 12 students while on their biology camp each year. Therefore being an important aspect of Marlborough Girls College that we wish to keep running for many years to come.