Tuesday, March 6, 2012

First Year 9 Camp I've Attended at Pakurunga College

Annually at Pakurunga College they always plan a camp for the year 9 students. By doing this it encourages the students to connect with their own peers in their houses. There are 6 houses, Pohutakawa (my group), Matai, Nikau, Rimu, Totara and Kauri There’s 5 different camp sites which means that two houses had to share, these various camp sites are all spread out and are away from Auckland . So it required quite a bit of traveling.
Our camp site was held at Cambridge which took 3 hrs to get there. Unloading all of our luggage, we got settled, had our lunch and prepared for our very first activity. By the way, it wasn’t a pleasant weather experience, pouring down with rain wasn’t a great start. First activity we had was prussiking and mountain biking. The other activity’s we participated in were kayaking, archery, Waka ama, cultural games, top team, and during most of my free time I would rush down to the gym and play basketball every time.
My supreme highlight would have to be mountain biking and waka ama, even though a majority of people dreaded Waka Ama. It was a delight participating in mountain biking, low light was riding up the steep hill which was killing my legs. Racing down the hill, with the wind in my hair, butterflies streaming through my stomach, and just rushing down the hill was awesome. Waka Ama my hands started to feel weak, reaching out in the water, pulling back with my paddle was a tussle. But in the end our team was able to beat the waka ama record between our groups, I was really proud!
Overall I had an outstanding experience, the food, activities, cabins, games etc, were a great opportunity for me. I didn’t want to go home, it was enjoyable and I was able to mingle around with the peers in my house. The camp was fantastic, it just didn’t reach Pt England’s standards. Pt England was by far the best camp I’ve experienced!


Miss K said...

Hi Helen, we miss you sooo much at Pt England. Team Helen just isn't the same!
I have loved reading about your new experiences at Pakuranga College, and it sounds like you are making the most of your opportunities.
Miss King

Mrs Tele'a said...

I'm laughing at your closing sentences - a true loyal Pt England student you are! What a neat way to help settle into high school. I imagine you would have made some more friends during this time. Mountain biking certainly sounds like a ton of fun. A bit of an adrenaline rush riding down that hill! Thanks for keeping us updated Helen. Keep striving to succeed in all you do.