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From the Year 10 Dean - Janaye Biddle-Kite

Janaye Biddle-Kite —

Last month, eight Year 10 students joined with students from other local schools on a three day RYPEN Camp (The Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment) at Lake Okataina from 17-19 March 2023.

Image by: Janaye Biddle Kite

It was designed for students who show qualities of courage and perseverance in everyday life. The camp aimed to help students develop new life skills in a team environment through physical activity, outdoor skills sessions and indoor presentations.

Image by: Janaye Biddle Kite

Congratulations to Harmony Ward-Ross, Avena Alefosio-Tuck, Royale Kapene, Nikita Harding, Sophie Davis, Rosa Hingston, Lelagi Alefosio-Tuck and Sahara Katene who represented our kura so proudly and for the resilience and dedication they showed in this experience.

Avena Alefosio-Tuck — Image by: Janaye Biddle Kite

RYPEN Camp is an amazing experience at this age and I hope that many of the year 10s for next year get to go. I believe that it would be great for them all to go and have the experience.

Avena Alefosio-Tuck

Sophie Davis — Image by: Kay Asplin

I had a very fulfilling time. I met lots of new people, and was worked to the bone. Overall 7/10 experience, I would've given it an 8/10, but sleeping out in the woods deducted a point.

Sophie Davis

Nikita Harding — Image by: Janaye Biddle Kite

I got to try Waka Ama and other boats, and we slept in the bush one night under a tarp. I had fun, but I was really tired at the end of the weekend. I was pushed to be brave.

Nikita Harding

Ngā mihi kia koutou

Janaye Biddle-Kite
Year 10 Dean