Kuranui College took 35 Gifted and Talented Physical Education students to sample the Wider Youth Life Skills Course at Trentham Military Camp.
Course organiser and former Kuranui student, Lance Corporal Connor McLellan, is Section Commander for the army’s Limited Services Volunteers. “We look after young people who are sent to join the life skills course by WINZ, or have chosen to be on the course themselves to change the way they are living,” he explained. “They come along to learn to have a bit of a routine, self-discipline and to be motivated.”
“With the students today, we’re focusing on those same things: motivation, commitment, self-discipline, pretty much being able to push themselves and learn from their experiences. There’s an emphasis on working together as a team. We like to push people’s comfort zones because we feel that’s how you grow as a person,” he added.
The students found it tough going at the start. They had to take part in an obstacle course, solve a giant box puzzle, and push and pull a giant tractor tyre. “We saw some lips dragging on the ground to start with, but they seem happy now,” said McLellan.
Year 9 student Kayla Evans was selected for the Gifted and Talented programme, because she excels in Physical Education. “It’s been really cool, the obstacle course was really fun. We had to work as a team and get each other through. The day has been really challenging, but it’s been good,” she concluded.