09 Mar Camp Highlights
Peer Support Camp in Term 1 is an important part of how we welcome new students to Pakuranga College. It’s a great opportunity for Year 9 students to make friends and form bonds that will last throughout their time here.
Here are some highlights from this year’s camps:
Lakes Ranch Camp was awesome because the activities were different from other camps I’ve experienced in my past years and the setting was remarkable, especially at night with the glow worms. My highlight was the horse riding because we got to go for a trail ride instead of staying in an arena. The most challenging part was when we had to step of the edge of abseiling and swing from the top of a two storey building on the Big Swoop, but when that obstacle was behind me I had the most awesome time. Alexis Usal, Yr 9, RBRN
One moment in particular resonated with me at camp: the bonfire. As I looked out over two generations of Rimu house, one moving on and one only beginning, I soaked in the atmosphere of bonding and unity taking place all around me, which this annual camp provides. Thinking back to that moment, I now realise why camp is so essential and necessary for a Pakuranga College student’s life. Whatever struggles or feelings of boredom or feelings of being an outsider anyone may have, camp completely eradicates these. Rimu camp creates an environment where everyone can be themselves in a place where everyone has a sense of belonging. It was also in that moment where I and everyone around me was able to feel the true essence of Rimu house, that beginning or ending, junior or senior, we are one! Leah Siljeur, Yr 13, RCGR
Camp was fun. We got to do lots of activities that I would love to do again. My favourite activities were horse riding and the Big Swoop. The horses were so cute! The food was alright and I loved how we sat with a different Peer Support Leader for each meal. My favourite thing about camp by far was the peer support. The leaders loved the activities and kept everyone’s spirits high. I made some new friends and made stronger connections with other friends. Katherine Warwick, Yr9, RGYR
Camp was fun. I really enjoyed it. My favourite activity was abseiling becasue of how challenging and scary it was. The food there was delicious! I disliked horse riding becaus ethe horse kept bowing its head down to eat food and I couldn’t stop it because of how strong it was. Daniel Shen, Yr 9, RGTR
Totara Year 9s and the Peer Support Leaders headed off to Kauaeranga Valley Christian Camp where we stepped out of our comfort zones, had great food, made connections and shared laughs with new fun and interesting people. There were many highlights over the three fun filled days including kayaking, the mudslide, mountain biking and raft building. We were rewarded at the end of the day with delicious meals like hamburgers and macaroni and cheese. We all had to suffer and persevere through a three hour tramp up hill, but we were rewarded with a great view and a much quicker walk back down.
The night time activities were another highligh,t including a scavenger hunt where Mr Griffiths was dressed up as Where’s Wally and my group found Mr Smith hiding in a tree. For the Year 9s I’m sure the real highlight was getting soaked with water by the Peer Support Leaders right before the long bus ride home. Overall, we had such a fun experience with many laughs, challenges and new friendships. Thanks to everyone for organising such a great way to welcome the new students into our Totara family. Lily Bigwood, Yr 13
The excited new Matai Year 9s and Peer Support Leaders met bright and early on Wednesday 22 February, dressed in purple and ready to leave for camp down at CYC in Ngaruawahia. After a crazy bus trip, filled with singing, chants, music and games, we arrived ready to jump right into it.
The week was jam-packed with a wide variety of challenges, from mountain biking to kayaking to archery. With their assigned groups, we slid down the hydra slide, climbed over a 3m wall, conquered the slopes on our BMX bikes and cooled down in the pool. During the activities the Year 9s were able to earn ‘Matai Money’ for doing good things, persevering, being supportive or conquering a difficult challenge. Then, as part of the evening activity, each group pooled their money to bid for prizes in the auction. The evenings were organised by our superb group of Peer Support Leaders – balloon stomp, a thrilling Amazing Race, the Annual Matai Catwalk, quizzes and, of course, the traditional Purple Matai Dinner, when the leaders decorated the dining room for the Year 9s. They entered Thursday dinner through our human archway, where they found our Matai Dinner waiting for them. After many laughter filled days, we made our way back to Auckland with a tonne of new memories and lots of new friends, ready and willing to be the best we can be in our year ahead. Kyra Chaplin & Carmen Liu, Yr 13
It felt just like being at home, again…this year Nikau house returned to Ngaruawahia CYC, which is nestled in hectares of native flora and pastures to welcome our newbie knights into the Nikau fold. The many team games, activities and the ‘Nikau Got Talent’ allowed some brilliant Year 9 and Year 13 bonding within this awesome House. The newbies were bestowed their knighthood and felt they had the support that would enable them to survive as a small fish in the big pond, Pakuranga College. A huge thanks to our amazing peer support leaders and teachers for making this such a memorable experience for our Year 9 students. Colleen Mackay, Dean, Nikau House