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The Eye 22.11.12
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Congratulations to Senior Catering Students
Senior students at Aurora were offered the opportunity to study Catering and Hospitality with Sit this year.
Students have been attending classes and cooking each Friday throughout the year under the guidance of SIT
tutors and working towards operating the SIT café in central Invercargill.
As well as successfully completing the course and achieving a number of unit standards, students have picked
up valuable skills that would allow them to pursue further training in catering and hospitality and enter the
workplace in this industry. Each student has enjoyed and looked forward to their Fridays at SIT.
Established in 1971, the Deep Cove Outdoor Education Trust is a non-proft organisation that provides school-aged children
with a unique opportunity to experience life in a remote part of Fiordland National Park.
The 49-bed hostel gives students, teachers, caregivers, and tourists a base from which to study a wide variety of fora and
fauna within the region. Other activites include light to moderate tramping, boating and fshing in both the sea and rivers,
or kayaking on the sound.
A group of Year 8 Aurora College students experienced Deep Cove for themselves last week, spending four days and three
nights absorbed in all the area has to offer. Several parents and a number of teachers accompanied them on their journey.
Most had never visited this part of the country before and it was obvious they enjoyed the experience thoroughly.
Bronson Albert-Tawa says he enjoyed learning to fsh with both a fshing rod and hand line and the three hour launch trip
out to the Tasman Sea.
Shane Wilson also rated the launch trip as one of his favourite parts of the trip as the group saw a seal colony, dolphins, and
two species of penguin.
The students were all keen on the water activities, with Joshua Noble particularly interested in the water test.
‛We found there was fresh water on the top and 20 metres below it was salt water,‛‛ he says.
‛There was a two metre minimum of fresh water on top due to the combination of the Power Station and all the ice water
coming from the mountains. We could drink the ice water from up on the waterfalls.‛‛
Michael Crichton preferred the more energetic activities, with the confdence course including the rope bridge and balance
beams, topping his favourites‛ list.
‛I also enjoyed walking Hanging Valley. It was really steep.‛‛
All the students agreed that the scariest part of the trip was when they were left at the Drop Off for 20 minutes in the
The students were positioned a few metres apart and those who were able, stood alone. Others preferred to stand in pairs.
Michael says to begin with he found the experience exciting, but then he heard a splashing sound and remembered Miss
Ivey had mentioned seeing a seal in the area previously.
‛I was a bit scared after that.‛‛
The students were also privileged to meet up with some of the bird life at Deep Cove. Joshua had a close encounter with a
kea who stole his shoe lace.
‛We also saw wekas, but they were timid,‛‛ he says. ‛The kea was more confdent around people.‛‛
Aleaka Newcombe-Greenem‛s favourite parts of the journey were walking back from Stella Falls, chatting with her class
mates, and being followed by a weka.
‛I found the walks very challenging, but it was good for me to challenge myself.‛‛
She was also a bit sea sick on the launch, however, it gave her the chance
to see dolphins and seals when spending time on the deck.
All the students agreed, the camp provided them with the opportunity to
get to know each other in a different environment.
‛We don‛t all normally hang out together, so it was a good chance to get to
know each other,‛‛ Joshua says.
Michael says they got to know the morning side of people.
‛The very energetic Miss Ivey who likes to do long walks, also likes to sleep
Overall, aside from the occasional sandfy bite, the students had a fabulous
time and would be keen to repeat the experience in the future.
L-R Travis Colligan, Jesse Stevens, Soli
Lemamea, Tia McRandle, William Makitae
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