Year 9 Camp
February 29, 2016 at 4:24 PM
In the glorious summer weather last week, the three day orientation camp for our Year 9 students at Totara Springs near Matamata was hugely enjoyable for students and staff alike. Organised by our four Middle School Heads of House, the students rose to the challenge, engaging in a multitude of activities with great spirit!
The camp provided the perfect forum for our new intake of Year 9 students to join with those who have already spent their two ‘intermediate’ years at the College. New friendships were made, respect was earned and confidence developed as the students enjoyed a great few days away, with plenty of opportunity to take on new challenges.
The Year 13 peer support leaders, under the care and guidance of College Counsellor, Mr Tucker, also contributed significantly to the success of the camp. Working alongside the younger students, they offered encouragement, leadership and active role-modelling. The Year 13s can recall their own days as a Year 9 student and the early nervousness about a new school, and so play a crucial role in helping new students to settle into the Saint Kentigern community.
Asked which are the most enjoyable activities at camp, students will inevitably respond with something that involves water – and lots of it! Water slides, the water hole and the pool take top honours at camp, closely followed by a night out under the stars!
The support and encouragement students offered each other as they set about their daily challenges were a pleasure to observe and the students returned to College having had a huge amount of fun, while learning a little more about themselves and others.
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