During weeks four and five of Term 1 all 500+ children had the opportunity to participate in our 2021 EOTC programme. The year 7 students sailed at Lake Rua, experienced river crossing at the Groynes and hiked around Quail Island. The year 8 students went to camp at Orton Bradley park. They walked around the base of Mt Herbert, canoed, built rafts, coasteered, went to orienteering and wharf jumped at Diamond Harbour. The weather was perfect for the two weeks with the only hiccup being a tsunami warning on the last Quail Island trip. It was great to see a number of students step out of their comfort zone, challenge themselves and try new things. They showed great commitment and definitely embraced the challenge. A big thank you to all the parents/caregivers that helped out during the two weeks of EOTC. Without your support events like this would not happen.
Here are some comments I heard and things I saw from the children over the two weeks.
Showing South values during EOTC …
Aim High: “I never thought I would be able to jump from that high into the water and I did!”
Commitment: A child doing the coasteering even though they found swimming in the ocean really scary.
Support: “You can do it, you can do it!” The encouragement I saw when Yr 8’s were on the high ropes at Orton Bradley.
Koha: The number of children who left the environment the way they found it.
Integrity: Not one student from Rutherford Year 7’s complained when told they were not allowed near the ocean due to the tsunami warning while on Quail Island.