Do­ing it tough

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS -

En­joy­ing the lux­u­ries of tech­nol­ogy, kick­ing back with friends and re­lax­ing around the house were things a group of Mana Col­lege Ser­vices Academy stu­dents could only dream about when they were put through their paces dur­ing a re­cent 12- day in­duc­tion camp at Waiouru.

The stu­dents were given a rude awak­en­ing as they dis­cov­ered the highs and lows of mil­i­tary life.

From their wake- up calls at 5.30am un­til lights out at 10pm, they got to ex­pe­ri­ence phys­i­cal train­ing, team build­ing, life skills, the­ory lessons, mil­i­tary drill, con­fi­dence course train­ing and high ropes cour­ses.

The les­son was dis­ci­pline and struc­ture mixed with tough chal­lenges.

The stu­dents got to un­der­stand how dis­ci­pline and struc­ture could help them in ed­u­ca­tion and in life. The pride, lead­er­ship, self-es­teem and char­ac­ter-build­ing lessons gave them con­fi­dence and de­vel­oped their goals.

The Mana Col­lege Ser­vices Academy started in 2009 and has had many suc­cesses, which are par­tic­u­larly re­ward­ing for the staff mem­bers who run the pro­gramme – David Prosser, for­merly of the New Zealand Army, and Tom Katu of the Royal New Zealand Navy.

‘‘We re­mem­ber all the stu­dents who were once in our class­room and are now serv­ing or have served with our De­fence Force, and also those who have moved on to find work some­where else,’’ Prosser said.

The Mana stu­dents com­peted against other ser­vice academies in the cen­tral re­gion and won all three tro­phies – for sport, long­est day en­durance ( a com­bi­na­tion of all ac­tiv­i­ties taught dur­ing the camp), and mil­i­tary drill.

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