On Monday 20 March, Year 10 girls departed for Hillary Outdoors Tongariro for a week long camp. This programme is designed to develop skills in co-operation, communal living, self-leadership and environmental care. In turn, the girls learned and connected through exploration, adventure and a number of environmental initiatives.
The course consisted of both activity and local days. Activity days were offsite and included trekking around the foot of Mount Ruapehu with swimming in snowmelt waterfalls, abseiling, rock climbing and kayaking. Local days were based on team building and leadership. The girls learned about different leadership styles and the principals of good leadership. Each girl was given an opportunity to develop their leadership skills during these days, gaining feedback from their peers, while being supported and mentored by their instructors. Girls were encouraged to set goals as a team and transfer their learning to their leadership positions at school and everyday life. Activities on local days included high and low ropes, zip lining, orienteering, mud runs and adventure-based problem-solving.
On the Thursday, the girls packed up and departed the centre on an overnight expedition. Climbing to the summit of Ruapehu and camping on the mountain was a highlight, as was caving and kayaking to a lakeside camp site for the night. The team work shown on these expeditions was outstanding and the increase in confidence and self-esteem for each girl will easily transfer back to their everyday lives. There was certainly high expectation placed on the girls by Hillary Outdoors and every girl grabbed the development opportunities and experiences, outside of their comfort zones, with both hands.
Alex Nixon, Director of Sport