Outdoor Education Prize Giving 2019 by Mr Richard Harvey

Outdoor Education Prize Giving

The end of the year is coming to a close for our senior Outdoor Education students. Earlier this week we had an informal awards ceremony combined with the sharing of some food at the Outdoor Ed shed. 

Every student received a certificate from their peers and were encouraged to share a comment or two about the individual. It is also a time to reflect on the year and what we have achieved. Tramping, kayaking and rafting in the first term to rock climbing, abseiling and skiing during the middle of the year. 

Students completed some service helping Peel Forest Outdoor Centre and have wrapped up 4th term up with some rafting on the Rangitata River. 

Award recipients were:

  • The Most Promising Rock Climber went to Archie Chisholm. He is always keen to give every climb a go, moved well on the rock and showed great strength to make it to the top of climbs.
  • Sam Keenan took home the Nikki Kelly Award for White Water Excellence. Sam has a natural ability on the raft and loved paddling in the kayak. He was up for a challenge and encouraged others to do their best.
  • BJ Layno won the Ngaruru Award for the person who has grown in confidence and belief throughout the year. From tramping to rafting, BJ has shown an unbelievable amount of commitment and perseverance. He is a team player who looks out for his classmates. 
  • Amelia Houston won the Drew Brown Award for the senior student who has contributed to the success of Outdoor Education at Geraldine High School. Amelia has built on last year's experiences in Outdoor Ed and is always willing to give everything ago outside of her comfort zone. She is enthusiastic and lifts the energy of the people around her. She is a hard worker, seeing what needs to be done and simply gets on with the job. 

It was great to have Drew Brown here to present the awards to the students. Thanks very much to all for a great year.