Forging leadership skills as Ilminster Intermediate hosts camp

Beach skills: Grace Parker passes the baton to fellow Taupo Intermediate School team member Joanne Nortje (left) during a beach relay at Waikanae Beach.
After a lesson with surf coach Frank Russell, Harry Unwin (above) from Taradale Intermediate School was soon up and riding a wave.
A large group learn the basics on the beach of paddling and getting to their feet in their first surf lesson.
Kaiti Hill challenge: Jahlia Waikawa, Anna Akuhata-Brown and Tui Ruifrok from Ilminster Intermediate (left) share the load as they carry a tyre up Kaiti Hill in one of the army exercises.
Braydon Hawkins-Martin and Piper Donaldson from Ilminster and others during the exercise on Kaiti Hill on day-two of the Combined Intermediate Schools Leadership Camp.

Ilminster Intermediate School hosted the Combined Intermediate Schools Leadership Camp this year, with students from Taradale, Taupo and Northcross Intermediate Schools involved in a variety of activities over two days.

Ilminster principal Peter Ferris said the feedback from staff and students was outstanding.

Twenty students were chosen from each school and the Ilminster students went through a series of interviews before being selected.

On Monday the participating schools were put into mixed teams and did a range of surf livesaving drills including beach flags, beach relays and tube rescue plus a surfing lesson. The following day they performed army exercises on Kaiti Hill. The mixed teams had to work together to carry a heavy backpack, tyres and petrol cans over a circuit on the hill.

The leadership camp started 10 years ago with Taradale and Ilminster Intermediates and expanded to include Taupo Intermediate seven years ago, then Auckland’s Northcross Intermediate.

“The composition of the group is excellent,” said Mr Ferris.

“We have schools from decile 1 to 10 and they range from 400 students through to 1200.

“Each school selects their leaders differently and that is an added bonus to the mix.”

The programme is about putting students into situations where they work collectively.

“Each region always includes things specific to their area, for example this year Turanga Health included the Heritage Trails, which provide a historical background of our region.

“This was very well received by the other schools. They all participated in surf lessons, surf lifesaving and beach education, plus a trip to Rere rockslide.”

The intermediates value the two days and the interaction between the staff and principals was another highlight, Mr Ferris said.

Ilminster Intermediate School hosted the Combined Intermediate Schools Leadership Camp this year, with students from Taradale, Taupo and Northcross Intermediate Schools involved in a variety of activities over two days.

Ilminster principal Peter Ferris said the feedback from staff and students was outstanding.

Twenty students were chosen from each school and the Ilminster students went through a series of interviews before being selected.

On Monday the participating schools were put into mixed teams and did a range of surf livesaving drills including beach flags, beach relays and tube rescue plus a surfing lesson. The following day they performed army exercises on Kaiti Hill. The mixed teams had to work together to carry a heavy backpack, tyres and petrol cans over a circuit on the hill.

The leadership camp started 10 years ago with Taradale and Ilminster Intermediates and expanded to include Taupo Intermediate seven years ago, then Auckland’s Northcross Intermediate.

“The composition of the group is excellent,” said Mr Ferris.

“We have schools from decile 1 to 10 and they range from 400 students through to 1200.

“Each school selects their leaders differently and that is an added bonus to the mix.”

The programme is about putting students into situations where they work collectively.

“Each region always includes things specific to their area, for example this year Turanga Health included the Heritage Trails, which provide a historical background of our region.

“This was very well received by the other schools. They all participated in surf lessons, surf lifesaving and beach education, plus a trip to Rere rockslide.”

The intermediates value the two days and the interaction between the staff and principals was another highlight, Mr Ferris said.

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