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Building Leadership Skills

On Monday 28 January, the Year 13 students set off on a leadership camp to Waimarama. On arrival, we faced what seemed like a huge challenge – setting up our tents! Fortunately some students had been camping before and we worked together to overcome this first hurdle.


Once we had pitched our tents, we set off on an adventure race in teams of four in sweltering 32 degrees heat. This involved activities such as blowing up a kayak and kayaking down the river to find objects, working out riddles, finding symbols around Waimarama beach and more. The heat was a big obstacle that we had to work with and we did this together, which helped us to form a stronger bond as a Year 13 cohort. At the end of the day, we were all rewarded with a swim followed by fish and chips for dinner from the local store.

The next morning we woke up to a gloomy, grey sky, which was in stark contrast to the day before. We were split into two groups; the first group went with the Waimarama Surf Lifeguards to try out knee boarding and riding on the Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB). Group two were tasked with learning how to surf, which pushed many girls outside their comfort zone. However, it was hard not to see all the smiles emerging from the water once they got up on their boards with the help from the Learn 2 Surf crew. More importantly, our Year 13 group came together to help each other.

I would like to thank all of the teachers who helped on this amazing camp; we couldn’t have done it without them.

Poppy Renton, Year 13