Stu­dents dis­cover a spirit of ad­ven­ture

Whanganui Chronicle - - News - By Jesse King

It was 6.30am and Ran­gi­tikei Col­lege stu­dent Te Rere Waiora Rakatairi-Jet­son was sound asleep.

Sud­denly, she was wo­ken by the pierc­ing shrill of bag­pipes be­ing played by a crew mem­ber aboard the Spirit of New Zealand.

The 14-year-old got out of bed, changed into her togs and hurled her­self over­board.

She did this ev­ery day for all five days of her ex­pe­ri­ence on the Spirit of Ad­ven­ture voy­age with nine of her Year 10 class­mates.

“Wak­ing up at 6.30 was the hard­est part, and the wa­ter was freez­ing,” Te Rere said.

“When I first heard about it, I was an­gry; I thought they were hav­ing us on.”

The Mar­ton-based stu­dents took part in the voy­age thanks to some great fundrais­ing ef­forts, es­pe­cially from for­mer at­tendee So­phie Ward.

The five-day Spirit Tro­phy voy­age runs six to nine times a year. It is for 12- to 15-year-olds and chal­lenges them to work as a team.

“I was mainly scared when I first heard about it, be­cause I didn’t know what it was, but when I did more re­search I be­came ex­cited and I was keen to go,” Te Rere said.

“On the way there, we were all hyp­ing it up, and I didn’t know what the ship would look like. When I saw it, it re­minded me of be­ing a pi­rate.”

Ran­gi­tikei Col­lege stu­dents were joined by peers from Burn­side High School, Wairarapa Col­lege and Dun­stan High School on­board and they took part in a string of ac­tiv­i­ties, i ncl ud­ing s hi phan­dling, prob­lem-solv­ing, wa­ter sports.

“My favourite part was meet­ing ev­ery­one and mak­ing new friends,” Te Rere said. “Peo­ple should go and have this ex­pe­ri­ence. I know they’ll like it.”

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