Naenae College principal John Russell said that of 26 pupils in a recent year 9 class, 16 had never been to Wellington.
My surprise is due to the number of school outings that children go on. Visits to Te Papa, the Carter Observation Centre, the Zoo, Capital E, for instance. I've got a Year 9 student and was forever being invited to do parent accompaniment on trips right from kindergarten. Yes these children come from poorer families but their schools get more funding. So I'm taking this assertion with a pinch of salt.
If education is about broadening horizons perhaps the schools should be doing more about this shortfall.