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Year 12 Camp


girls discussing and planning a rescue scenario dressed in high visibility vests in an HQ tent.
The Year 12 Camp is an important part of the year 12 curriculum with the activities at camp providing the opportunity for the students to explore the concept of situational leadership and develop a greater awareness of the leadership skills they possess. The skills, the challenges and the carefully planned activities will be of benefit to all our year 12 girls, irrespective of their intentions next year and, as such, it is expected that all year 12 students attend the camp.

The camp programme consists of a combination of physical and mental challenges, theory sessions, adventure activities and a team-based mystery challenge activity which will require the girls to apply what they have learned during the course of the week. It also builds on the skills and experiences gained in previous years at camps. The major focus of the experience is learning about different leadership styles, facing challenges which require individual and group initiatives with an emphasis on extending students’ leadership skills and providing them with the opportunity to put them into practice in outdoor situations. It is anticipated that these experiences will assist students in developing an understanding of how they can best contribute to our school community as the leaders of the future. We believe that this experience is integral to the personal and social development of our year 12 students as they prepare to lead the school in their final year or leave to enter the workforce or to go on to tertiary study.

At Dio we strongly believe that the environment, the culture and the history of the places we visit are essential to our sense of identity as New Zealanders and our place as citizens and custodians of the land. Bigfoot Adventures have built a relationship with local iwi and and we will stop at Oputaka Pa on our journey to National Park, where we will be welcomed onto Otukou Marae. We will spend the afternoon with the  local Maori community exploring the history and culture of the area and then join them for a Hangi. We will travel on to The Park in the early evening. The students will also spend a half a day with the local Search and Rescue team where they will be challenged to work as a team and practise their leadership skills in rescue scenarios. This activity complements perfectly the half day workshop that our students will complete with WILSS. 

We are fortunate to be in a position where we can continue to build our relationship with WILSS utilising their experience in leadership training to benefit the personal development of our students. The Waikato Institute for Leisure & Sport Studies (http://www.wilss.ac.nz) has been delivering education in the Waikato region for past 18 years. It is a charitable training provider registered with NZQA offering a range of programmes designed to enhance personal development and increase participants' contribution to sport and leisure. The staff from WILSS are working closely with us, our Outdoor Education provider, Bigfoot Adventures, and the Search and Rescue team to put together a seamless programme that incorporates leadership skills in all the activities during the week.