Adventurous Kuranui College students recently took up the opportunity to spend a week trying out something a little different. First up there was the Level 3 bush survival, river crossings, traps and snares course, and then there was the Level 2 tramping, camping and navigation skills course.
Unlike other secondary schools, there is no timetabled outdoor education programme at Kuranui, but instead there are outdoor education ‘Adventure Weeks’ that take place during each term. The programme is open to all senior students at the college, giving everyone the chance to take part in a variety of activities such as surfing, snorkeling, fishing, abseiling, snow caving, kayaking and rafting whilst gaining NCEA credits in outdoor education.
Last week, two courses took place in and around Taupo, the Desert Road and Tongariro, instead of the usual location of the Tararua Forest Park. This provided a group of students from Years 11 to 13 the chance to experience another part of the country and a different terrain. For many this was the trip of a lifetime.
Kuranui Outdoor Education teacher Glenn Beach explains: “We spent three days living in the bush near the Waipakihi River off the Desert Road, with no facilities. The students learnt the necessary, but challenging skills of being self-sufficient in the bush. We then crossed the Tongariro, Tauranga Taupo Rivers and the Whakapapa, practising a number of essential river-crossing skills such as pack floating and ferry gliding.
“On the night of the third day we stayed at the Royal NZ Forest and Bird Lodge, and on the fourth we walked the Tongariro Crossing. Of course we finished off our trip with a visit to the hot pools at Tokaanu,” he added.