Kia Ora Koutou
Four camps later and all is well. Year 11 campers came back today and having talked to a few of them- well they are buzzing with the adventures they had. I was unfamiliar with this camp venue in the Taumarunui, so decided I would join them to check it out- and I am so glad I did.
I do not want to brag but check out my well-toned arms when next you see me because Monika Theng and I were in a two-person canoe and together we paddled 34 kilometres of the Whanganui river. The girls and staff navigated submerged trees, boulders, and rapids with the expert oversight of our intrepid guides and came out at Tawata better for the experience. Sure a few managed to accidentally swim some of the river, but they reboarded their vessels knowing what not to do next time.
The camp also saw them Mountain Biking, hiking, in a Noho Marae, and experiencing another part of their beautiful country. I also appreciated the time given to the cultural competencies provided in the Tangata whenuatanga (place-based, socio-cultural awareness and knowledge of the whenua or land we come from. This competency actively: harnesses the rich cultural capital which Māori learners bring to the classroom by providing culturally responsive and engaging contexts for learning) and the Manaakitanga (means to extend aroha (love and compassion) to others. It is found in acts such as helping a loved one, encouraging one another or even supporting a complete stranger) extended to us by those who hosted us.
I want to acknowledge our girls, the staff (Rosemary Taylor, Monika Theng, and Sarah Chapman), the accompanying parents (Lou Portman and Mark Kitchingman), and the Owhanga hosts- they were all amazing.
Town Leave- Boarding
There are rules in Main House regarding Town Leave. Years 7 and 8 do not get any. Year 9 and 10 get leave once a fortnight, and Year 11 once a week. The years 12 and 13 have differing expectations but the leave is in line with their age group.
With years 9-11 they have a clear geographical area that they can go to. Town leave is exactly that leave to go to TOWN as mapped and not to the park, or a day girl’s house and other such diversions. If they are wanting to go other places that requires a different leave process.
Breaches of Town Leave for all year levels will see girls Gated (they lose the privilege of Town Leave).
Have a safe weekend