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Year 10 Leadership in Action Camp

Last week the two Year 10 Leadership in Action classes were involved in an overnight tramp along the Hillary Trail. This was one of their final requirements as they complete their Bronze Award for the Duke of Edinburgh.

On Monday Sandra Buchanan’s class departed on the 18km hike leaving school at 8.30am. Students were dropped at the road leading up to Mount Donald Mclean and from there the students had to use their maps to find their way to the start of the track. Once on the track students were presented with many challenges from climbing up cliffs using chains to working their way down steep slippery slopes. Students lunched at Whatipu before walking up the beach for 5km to get to the overnight campsite at Tunnel Point. They had to cook their own dinners and pitch tents in less than ideal conditions and persistent rain. Next morning saw more of the same with rain, rain and more rain! Students packed up their tents and started the walk out and along the beach to Karekare. Lunch was had quickly before we carried on inland towards Te Ahu Ahu Road at Piha.

Last Thursday saw us out again with Adrian Hopwood’s class and the sun gods were shining! Although the course was the same the weather made for much happier tramping, although after the Big Storm of Tuesday night the track had a few new challenges, such as fallen trees to negotiate our way around.

All the students enjoyed the experience and are now getting ready to receive their Bronze awards. I would like to thank the parents and teachers Sandra Buchanan and Stuart Roscoe for giving up their time to give our students this opportunity.