Last term, Kuranui year 9 and 10 students represented both the College and Wairarapa in the Torpedo 7 Get2Go Junior Challenge.
Run by Hillary Outdoors, the annual event series involves 12 challenges held in regions around the country, spanning as far north as Whangarei and down to Dunedin. “It’s an inter-school event where schools enter teams of eight, usually with four boys and four girls in a team,” explained Kuranui Outdoor Education teacher Joshua Hutchings.
“They compete against other schools in speed rock-climbing, kayaking, orienteering and mountain-biking over the day.”
This year, Kuranui entered two teams in the regional event in Wellington, one from each of the Get2Go courses held in Semester One, as part of the innovative IGNITE curriculum.
The Curriculum is designed to increase engagement through offering a greater variety of opportunities for students to learn in, increase achievement through students learning in contexts they are interested and passionate about and develop transferable skills such, criticial thinking, problem solving, self managment, team work so students can succeed in life.
Outdoor Education has been broken into courses with different focuses, from a dedicated Get2Go course, to courses which focus on team sports and building leadership in the outdoors. “Bringing students together for exciting, team-based adventure challenges, Get2Go is all about getting students into the outdoors,” said Hutchings.
“The course we run at school is modelled on the Get2Go event, so students learn about the four outdoor pursuits of rock climbing, mountain-biking, kayaking and orienteering, and have a chance to develop skills in all these activities. At the end of the course, we select a team from the class to compete in the competition.”