Doing it tough
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.