Student vs Wild
We’re pleased to announce that the Student vs Wild competition is back for 2013 and will again offer opportunity and reward to any New Zealand secondary school students who love the outdoors and are seeking a new challenge.
This year, with the support of Genesis Energy, we are offering $50,000 worth of scholarships to schools across the country. Seven NZ schools will win a $7,142 scholarship to go towards the cost of a five day course at either OPC Tongariro or OPC Great Barrier.
To enter, students will create a short video showing how they would survive a week ‘in the wild’ within their school grounds. Worked into the video will be a pitch around why they deserve to go on an OPC course and what benefits they think they will draw from the experience. As teams of students prepare an entry they’ll need to engage all five of the curriculum’s key competencies: thinking, language, managing self, relating to others and participating/contributing.
Once the videos have been uploaded online there will be a voting process to determine the seven winning schools. The winning students will then attend an OPC course where their skills will be taken to the next level.
At the Student vs Wild website (www.studentvswild.co.nz) you can register your interest and view:
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See Mrs Davies in the Sports Dept if you are keen to enter!
On the 20th of January on an a crisp early Sunday morning, a group of groggy, yet adventurous students and staff assembled at Takapuna Grammar to journey down to the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits centre (OPC). The seven students and staff were both keen to hone in on their outdoor skills and knowledge and to push their own boundaries. After an enjoyable but long drive the crew was stoked to be out of the cramped van and to have arrived at their new home for the next five days. The crew was whisked into a debriefing from the camp director and informed on what they would be doing for the week. The kids were excited by the long list of activities like, caving, rock climbing, the high ropes course, flying fox, team challenges, tramping and overnight camp outs. The team was amped up and ready for action but unfortunately the night consisted of only a quick game with the other schools and bed. But we were soon grateful for our early bedtime when the human alarm-clock, Mr Salt, came knocking at a painful 6am!. Unfortunately for the team every day kick-started at this early hour, however this enabled the team to cram as much as they possibly could into every day. Their time at the camp flew by in no time, each day packed full of exciting activities and new valuable skills, such as map reading, learning cool knots and rope skills and taking bearings. A huge thank you to Mr Gowling for organising the trip and to Miss Broughton, Mr Salt and Mr Curry for being such casual enjoyable company and taking time out of your holidays for us.
Get2Go FINAL, Great Barrier Island
Term 4 2012 was a term of training hard for the team that qualified for the Grand Final on Great Barrier Island in December. Get2Go is the sport of Adventure Racing and it’s the toughest week long event students can do at Y9 and Y10 level in this sport. Run each year by the Outdoor Pursuits Centre of NZ, TGS was luckily enough to qualify for the third year in a row and the expectations were high for the team to step up from our 2011 result which was 6th overall out of 12 teams.
This events added bonus was the presence of the Erin Simpson show film crew who will air the finals week on it’s show early in 2013.
Our team consisting of Lily MacDonald, Tessa McNair, Lucy Jacos, Kathryn Badham, Adam Rundle, Max Griffiths, Jack Lochhead and Geoffrey Sims had an exciting but physically demanding week. The first challenge upon arrival was a kayak and run race which they did very well in. The next two days were based on problem solving activities. Wednesday was a huge 9 hour day on the rafts, kayaking to rogaine points around the Island and the final day included a half marathon up Mt Hobson and in addition to this an added run section and a kayak back to camp. The team had a number of injuries throughout the week but pulled through to finish 5th overall.
Many thanks to Phillip MacDonald and Sharon Davies for taking the time out to be with the team for their week long adventure.
Pic above: L to R: Geoffrey Sims, Adam Rundle, Jack Lochhead, Max Griffiths, Lily MacDonald, Tessa McNair, Kathryn Badham, Lucy Jacobs.
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