Our Journey is a school wide five year programme based in the amazing outdoor environment of the “top of the South”. It is compulsory for all students and we support our international students to take part. The Journey contains elements from all of our curriculum areas – but with a special partnership between the challenges of the natural environment – and the challenges of the spiritual environment. We combine the physical challenges of outdoor education with the spiritual challenges of a retreat programme.
One of the special features of our programme is the international student camps we offer in the school holidays twice each year. These camps are organised by the students and supervised by our International staff.
We have been to Golden Bay, Wellington (capital of NZ), Kaikoura, Hanmer Springs and the Marlborough Sounds. Our students have a great experience and lots of fun doing activities such as kayaking, fishing, bonfires on the beach, swimming and exploring the environment as well as just “hanging out”together. We all take turns in cooking and share our meals together. This is also special time for our International team and the students to relax and spend time together and get to know each other better outside the more formal school environment. For some of our students this is the first time they have stayed in accommodation only a few metres from the beach and cooked together for other people. There are lots of laughs and lots of learning for everyone.
Each term we try to go out together to a local restaurant and share a meal together. This also gives us a chance to get to know each other better in a social setting and enjoy some good food in a relaxed and informal environment.