New Zealand: Camp Inspires New Leadership Amongst Kamo High School Students
By John Hicks
On the fifteenth of April a group of Year twelve students from Kamo High School, Northland, went on the first of three leadership camps at Koru Creek in Ngunguru.
“The atmosphere on camp was just amazing! Here you were with twenty other teenagers you never thought you would be friends with, all working together and trusting each other as if you were siblings.” said Beka Malone, Year twelve participant.”
It was on this camp that the idea of ‘Element’, a student run leadership group dedicated to making a positive
difference in the school and the community, was created. The name chosen represents the four tribes (Fire, Water, Air and Earth) that the students were put into for there stay at the camp.
Incorporating the knowledge they learnt at camp, they presented their ideas to the rest of the groups. After a little opposition in the beginning, their ideas were put into motion, with the rest of the groups backing them. Since being established in April, ‘Element’ has achieved many great things, the latest of which being The Paperclip Challenge. Each tribe started with a paperclip and they had to trade for bigger and better things and the tribe with the best item at the end won the game. The tribe Air was the most successful, ending up with two televisions, after having traded various items throughout the course of the week. “The game was about making the right choices and learning from our mistakes.
“It was a great learning experience.” said Siobhan Scrivener, year 12 student involved in the competition. Other notable events ‘Element’ has been involved in, is the tree planting day at Taiharuru and the Gay – Straight Alliance Group, helping to make a positive difference to the future.
By John Hicks
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