Flip­ping good fun for Mana ‘el­ders’

Ready for chal­lenges

Kapi-Mana News - - EDUCATION -

Be­fore school be­gan for the year, 20 year 12 and 13 stu­dents from Mana Col­lege spent a day at For­est Lakes on a lead­er­ship train­ing pro­gramme to pre­pare them for roles as ‘tuakana’ (el­ders) within the col­lege this year.

The group in­cluded head boy Jesse Kirikino, head girl Nikita Bed­die, and deputy head stu­dents Pouaka Parore and Ge­or­gia Flint. All stu­dents in­volved were elected as lead­ers by staff and stu­dents at the col­lege.

The group took part in sev­eral chal­lenges at For­est Lakes, while learn­ing about and tri­alling dif­fer­ent lead­er­ship styles. Teams elected dif­fer­ent lead­ers for each chal­lenge, so all stu­dents got a chance to prac­tise their skills.

The chal­lenges in­cluded bal­anc­ing eight peo­ple onto a small drum, search­ing for a bike in a swamp, cross­ing an un­sta­ble rope bridge, build­ing a float­ing bridge and the high­light of the day – flip­ping an old car down a bank and then pulling it back up.

Some water ac­tiv­i­ties in the af­ter­noon, fol­low­ing a bar­be­cue lunch, gave the stu­dents a chance to cool down af­ter the phys­i­cally chal­leng­ing morn­ing.

Now back at Mana, the stu­dents have be­gun their roles as tuakana along­side their NCEA stud­ies and are look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenges ahead.

Plan­ning is al­ready un­der­way for run­ning ac­tivi- ties for ju­nior stu­dents through­out the year. Fu­ture lead­er­ship train­ing days are planned for later in the year also.

Pull to­gether: Flip­ping and then retriev­ing a car from down a bank was the most fun – and ex­haust­ing – ac­tiv­ity for a lead­er­ship group from Mana Col­lege.

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