Year 10 Camp

General Information

Our outdoor education camps provide the opportunity for girls to push themselves beyond their comfort zones in a controlled environment. Together they learn to manage risk, responsibly, while challenging themselves physically. In doing so their confidence and self-esteem is enhanced and their relationships with their peers are strengthened. Teamwork, group interaction and basic outdoor skills are integrated into the programmes.

To ensure that the experiences are challenging and that safety is paramount the school uses specialist and experienced outdoor education providers – Kapiti Skills. A number of our staff accompany the students for pastoral support and to provide assistance with some of the camp activities. Whilst all necessary steps are taken to ensure safety it is imperative that your daughter listens and follows all instructions, does not have phones at activities and also looks out for everyone in the group.

Please take time to study the gear list and then make suitable arrangements to hire/borrow/purchase the necessary gear. It is imperative that all students are adequately prepared and have suitable gear for all weather conditions. The key to enjoying activities is wearing the right clothes. We cannot rely on consistent weather, so you need to be prepared for sun, wind, rain or a mixture of all three! Here are some tips to being comfortable and prepared:

  • Layering is essential.
  • Bring clothes that you can pile on and then peel off.
  • Lots of thin layers are better than one big, thick jersey.
  • Avoid cotton garments as these are very cold once they are wet.
  • Polypropylene thermals are ideal and can be purchased quite cheaply.
  • Fleece tops or woollen jumpers are great for putting on top of a base layer.
  • Make sure you pack spare clothes in your day packs in case of weather changes

Each student will need to take a day bag with them to ALL activities and it should always contain the following:

  • Water Bottle
  • Snacks
  • Spare thermals
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Fleece
  • Beanie/Sun hat (depending on the weather)
  • Gloves
  • Personal medication e.g. inhaler, antihistamine

Please leave all cell phones, stereos, ipods and the like at home. St. Mary’s College will take no responsibility for the loss of any equipment your daughter may lose on camp. Finally, a reminder that all school rules regarding smoking, alcohol and banned substances apply, and as stated previously parents/caregivers will be responsible for the cost of returning students to Wellington should there be a serious disciplinary problem.

Your daughter will require a cut lunch, and drink for the first day. Please ensure your daughter has enough food to last until dinner time. There will be no chance to stop and buy food and your daughter will be very active.

Monday 21 November

  • 10CI, 10KA and half of 10IZ need to be at school (Hawkestone entrance) by 8:15am for an 8:30am departure; If you are getting picked up from Paremata Station this will be at 8:45am.
  • You need to be dressed for activity – this will mean: footwear, socks, longjohns with shorts over the top or trackpants, thermal, jersey/polarfleece.
  • In your day pack you will need: Hat, sunblock, Rainproof Jacket, Gloves, Thermals.
  • You need your own lunch and drink. Bring enough food (snacks) to last until dinner time. This should also be in your day pack.
  • If you are rafting on the first day (see overleaf) remember your togs in your day pack, towel, and plastic bag. Plenty of warm clothes to put on afterwards in your day pack as well as dry shoes.
  • On Wednesday you will return to school at approximately 2:15pm. Drop-off at Paremata Station at 1:45pm.

Wednesday 23 November

  • 10DA, 10MH and half of 10IZ need to be at school (Hawkestone entrance) by 9:15am for a 9:30am departure; If you are getting picked up from Paremata Station this will be at 9:45am
  • You need to be dressed for activity – this will mean: footwear, socks, longjohns with shorts over the top or trackpants, thermal, jersey/polarfleece.
  • In your day pack you will need: Hat, sunblock, Rainproof Jacket, Gloves, Thermals.
  • On the first day you need your own lunch and drink. Bring enough food (snacks) to last until dinner time. This should also be in your day pack.
  • If you are rafting on the first day (see overleaf) remember your togs in your day pack, towel, and plastic bag. Plenty of warm clothes to put on afterwards in your day pack as well as dry shoes.
  • On Friday you will return to school at approximately 3pm. Drop-off at Paremata Station at 2:45pm.

Please leave all cell phones, stereos, ipods and the like at home. St. Mary’s College will take no responsibility for the loss of any equipment your daughter may lose on camp. Finally, a reminder that all school rules regarding smoking, alcohol and banned substances apply, and as stated previously parents/caregivers will be responsible for the cost of returning students to Wellington should there be a serious disciplinary problem.

We look forward to having a successful and enjoyable Year 10 camp

Rhonda Turner
HOD Physical Education