Aroha Team have had an exciting start to Term 4, by spending three days at Totara Springs Camp, near Matamata. Blessed with fine weather, the students were able to enjoy the challenges of Education Outside the Classroom ( EOTC) through rock climbing, crate-climbing, abseiling and raft-building to name just a few! Our students were suitably challenged with the activities on offer to develop their leadership skills, as well as build perseverance when faced with completing the many outdoor challenges.
We had an enthusiastic and capable group of parents that joined us, and with the impressive facilities on offer at Totara Springs and the beautiful weather meant the experience was positive for all. We are already looking forward to returning next year with our current Year 4 and 5 students.
Thank you to all our supportive parents for the various ways you contributed to our camp being so successful through fundraising and those who were able to join us. Your time and effort is much appreciated by all the students and teachers in the Aroha team.
Jacq Price, Senior Team Leader
Here is piece of writing from Amy Trott who just came back from camp.
It is a ‘Moment in Time’ during her experience at rafting.
The cold water envelops me, grabbing me with its icy fingers and pulling me down. My life jacket gently lifts me to the surface its straps bobbing around my head. I latch onto the float like a leech, pulling myself over. I fall back under the cold, cold water.
As I reach the surface something snags against my foot. The creeping feeling of excitement bubbling through my veins. I start kicking, just as determined as my team members to get the raft started. The twirling water dances around me as I begin to slide down the slippery plastic of the float.
The squeals and giggles of my team members fill my ears and completely drown out the sound of the rushing river. There is a chorus of screams as our raft glides underneath a branch. I duck my head underwater and my mouth is instantly overcome with the musty, dirty taste of the murky fast-moving water. As my head breaks out of the water the stench of cow manure hits me, yuck!
The sinister rhythm of the water changes as a large, bulky, grey rock forms a small waterfall. We all scream as our raft bumps over the drop. We fall instantly into a whirlpool. Despite our frustration we glide around for a few seconds until we finally break free.
Amy Trott Room 8