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Activities galore kept Aurora students busy at Omaui last week when the Year 7s took
part in a three day camp. Caitlin Watt says she enjoyed the experience, particularly the
Big Dig and Scavenger Hunt.
‛On Thursday we had a scavenger hunt, where we had to look for clues that were hidden.
At the end we found Easter eggs.‛‛
Teachers dug counters into an area on the beach for the Big Dig. Students had to fnd
them and depending on how many they found they were awarded prizes.
Meranea Koroheke-Edwards says some students enjoyed baking with Ms Harvey.
‛Some of them made scones,‛‛ she says.
‛Other people went out to the lagoon for a swim.
Students also went on a couple of walks, one to the lookout above the Omaui Reserve.
Both Caitlin and Meranea enjoyed the Miss Omaui competition, where the boys were
dressed up as girls. This was held on the Thursday night and Carlos won the top prize.
There was also a fashion show, where students made clothing and accessories out of
Students were put into groups of six for the three days and parents and teachers
assigned the tasks.
Ryan Webster says he enjoyed the staged rescue, where the students were told Meranea
had injured herself and she had to be found. Ryan was with her and they played games
while they waited.
Ryan also liked the sandcastle competition, where his group came in frst place for their
creation of a kiwi.
The camp was enjoyed by all who attended. Students found the experience gave them the
opportunity to learn about themselves and each other.
Year 7 Camp Omaui
Shave For A Cure
Over the past 10 years, Kiwis have registered, fundraised,
organised events,and shorn their locks in aid of Leukaemia and
Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC). A national charity dedicated to
supporting patients and their families living with a blood cancer
or a related blood condition, LBC receives no government funding.
Shave For A Cure helps to fund the core services, patient
support programmes, research, information, awarenss, and
advocacy and schools, businesses, community groups, families,
sports teams, and many more organisations participate in this
Recently, a number of Aurora College students participated,
having their heads shaved by Invercargill Olympic cyclist,
Natasha Hansen. Peter Broomhall, Josh Harding, Sean Kaahu,
and David Noble were among those who had their heads shaved
and teachers and pupils at Aurora congratulate them for their
efforts in helping to raise funds for this worthwhile organisation.
Trip To Burnham
At the end of March, the Service Academy returned from an
11-day induction course at Burnham Military Camp. The course
called on the students‛ physical and mental strengths and 17
students graduated with top marks. They celebrated this success
at a Pass Out Parade on Friday March 22, showing real pride in
Dylan Ross says he enjoyed the physical side of his visit to
Activities included running, swimming, caving, high ropes, and
‛Most days we had to be ready by 5.45am, but one day (the
longest day) it was 4am. We got up to the fre alarm,‛‛ he says.
Four other academies were at Burnham at the same time and
Dylan says it was great to join in with students from other
Christian Tagomoa says the days consisted of a combination of
Burnham staff talks, meals, PT (personal training) and clean-up of
‛We met some great people. The staff were encouraging and
treated us all equally.‛‛
The students, under Staff Kris, are now looking forward to a
camp next term and are preparing to learn bushcraft.
Aurora College recently hosted a seminar run by New Zealand Rugby Union Maori
Development Offcer, Tiki Edwards, and Rugby Southland staff member, Hoani
Macdonald. The day included both practical and classroom activities, showing students
the link between focusing on the feld and on life. The main message from Tiki and Hoani
was to make the most of opportunities, regardless of your background, and set yourself
goals, as everybody has the ability to achieve them if they make the right choices.
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