Published: Monday, 01 April 2019 09:20
During the course of a week long camp at the Hillary Outdoors Camp in Turangi at the end of March, our Year 13 Physical Education students were challenged to complete various tasks, that were not only physically demanding, but also emotionally draining. For example, they did caving, and were asked to slip into tiny claustrophobic spaces in the dark and somehow work together to find a way out. All of this, after a full day of tramping through rugged terrain, and then only to sleep under a fly (a tent with no sides) leaving them exposed to the elements and as the girls discovered…possums chewing through their packs seeking out food!
Their instructors and teachers were continually impressed by the way they interacted with one another. We saw excellent collaboration, leadership, team work, encouragement and problem solving skills. They never gave up and when asked to river bash, or kayak for hours, or tramp up a mountain, or swing across a rapid river, they supported each other demonstrating exceptional leadership, and resilience qualities.
They went without a cellphone or electronic device for the week, and instead they were always singing. Their impromptu talent quest items, were some of the funniest and most entertaining performances we had ever seen. Experiences like this provide priceless learning opportunities.