For the majority of the 39 mainly Maori and Pasifika students it was their first time away from home and for all of them the first camp experience ever. As you can appreciate, the excitement among the students on arrival at camp was greater than anything staff had encountered before. The children were astounded. The excitement continued into the nights with the chatter, laughter and sheer enjoyment filtering out across the cabins into the early morning hours. It is usual for the first night to be like this but they kept it up for 3 nights. We put it down to enjoying being a school whanau. Thank goodness for KPMG who helped in the kitchen, kept the children entertained before dinner, supported with the clean ups and encouraged “lights out”.
Special Features of Camp
Limitless opportunities arose throughout the camp stay which enabled everyone to reinforce the school values of; Leadership - (Rangatiratanga), Family - Whanaungatanga, Taking care of each other, Respect- Nurturing respectful relationships (Manaakitanga), Caring for our environment (Kaitiakitanga).
Leadership (Rangatiratanga) KPMG volunteers made a significant contribution not only with keeping the children entertained and happy but by stepping up to help with outside activities as well as helping in the kitchen, scrubbing pots and oven trays and dishes to ensure we left the camp in better condition than we found it. Without this level of support Education Outside the Classroom opportunities like this would not be possible. We have no wish to compromise our parents by enforcing the strict legal requirements and procedures needed for them to undertake supervision, therefore the support from KPMG is critical in maintaining that.
Whanaungatanga (Family) This aspect was very evident throughout the entire stay. Students enjoyed one another's company, enjoyed working together in the kitchen creating and sharing delicious meals together and participating in the range of activities provided. The KPMG volunteers assisted in all the activities and especially helped to produce delicious meals over the 4 days. This freed teachers to work with children and to take breaks which were so appreciated.
Respect- Nurturing respectful relationships (Manaakitanga)
Students consistently looked after each other, maintained respectful relationships with staff, volunteers and camp leaders. Caring for our environment (Kaitiakitanga) was demonstrated by students adhering to a recycling process for camp rubbish and with the support of KPMG staff sorted lost clothing and ensured the cabins were in pristine condition. Overall the experience was an outstanding success for all involved.