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Manawahe Camp for our GBI Y10 group

Last week we spent 3 days up at Manawahe Eco Centre learning about outdoor education. We had our Y10’s, 8 Y12 leaders, 3 Trident teachers, 2 Manawahe Eco Teachers and a dog called Dexter. We were lucky with the weather and experienced blue skies, clear nights and a chilly start to both days. 

Pitching tents, cooking, learning about native species, playing outside games, learning about sustainable living, acting responsibly, and looking after gear created a rich authentic learning environment and our students thrived. We have an awesome group of tauira for the Great Barrier Island Camp later this year, we can't wait to go and see them in action.

A special thanks go to our Y12 leaders who were amazing, as they inspired the Y10’s, to Mrs Shaw, Mr Steane and Helen Dobbin the Manawahe Eco Education Officer who taught our tauira about our taiao.

Thoughts from Y10 Carli Burns

Before the Manawahe camp I was quite nervous and stressed about going to GBI for five weeks. Now I am feeling a lot more confident.  When we are on Great Barrier Island the class will split into three groups which are Tui, Kereru and Taiko. When we arrived at Manahawe camp we got to find out what group we are in. During the camp we definitely got closer as a group and as a class. My favorite part of the camp was swinging on the vines with my group and playing spot light. I really liked the way the Yr 12’s helped us get closer as a class and gave us great activities to do. I have already made some great memories with my class and it was only three days, I’m really looking forward to making many more over the five weeks. Carli Burn 

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