Opportunities for children to experience learning and success in settings outside the classroom are recognised and valued at Morrinsville School. We run a number of successful school camps throughout the year, designed to support the context of class learning (more details provided below).
All children are provided with an opportunity to participate in our school Kapahaka groups (junior and senior level) and the school choir is available for children from Year 3 upwards.
Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei
Aim for the highest cloud so that if you miss it, you will hit a lofty mountain.
Kapa haka is offered to both junior and senior students at Morrinsville School. Our junior group is made up of students from Year 1 – Year 3 and the senior group is students from Year 4 – Year 8. While we encourage all children to participate, kapa haka it is not compulsory.
Our junior group learn a variety of basic waiata and perform at school events and at the end of year Family Festive Evening.
Our senior group are lead and taught by experienced Kapa Haka Tutors. The group practice extremely hard throughout the year and attend a number of performances in our community. The group pride themselves on excellence and while the commitment is long, the hard work pays off when they attend and perform for their whanau and community at the Piako Cultural Festival.
Naumai haere mai.
Waharau Camp – Year 3
Every year in October, the year 3 children have a 3 day, 2 night camp at the Waharau Outdoor Education Centre north of Kaiaua on the firth of Thames.
This is the first camp the children will encounter at Morrinsville School and is ideal for this age group.
Our activities include:
A bush walk.
A visit to the rocky shore to explore the multitude of creatures living among the rocks.
A visit to the Miranda Shore Bird Centre. Thousands of birds migrate to the mudflats at Miranda from the northern hemisphere and the volunteers set up telescopes for us to view the birds on the mudflats.
A trip to Tapapakanga Regional Park to view an early settlers cottage and an ancient pa site.
Setting fish traps in the stream.
Toasting marshmallows on the fire to make smores.
An evening concert.
Waitomo Camp – Year 4
This year a group of eager Year 4 children ventured off to Waitomo to experience and learn about cave formation, glow worms, the kiwi and take part in some extreme activities at Stubbs Farm.
Waitomo Camp is a four day camp where we stay at Tokikapu Marae. The children experience a powhiri onto the camp and take full part in the duties and experiences that living on the Marae has to offer. We visit the Otorohanga Kiwi house, to see the Great Spotted Kiwi and the Tuatara. We visit the museum and learn about the lime stone caves in the area, and go on bush walks at night to see the Glow Worms in full light. A prominent feature of the camp is our visit to Stubbs farm, here the children are able to abseil, go caving and take part in an adventure navigation course, it is a great day out, where the children are out of their comfort zone and learn to work together through encouragement an support to attempt new ventures.
Port Waikato Camp – Year 5 & 6
This camp is one of the advantages of being in the Senior School and is always looked forwqrd to by all. The six day camp takes place every year during the month of March and is jam-packed full of exciting and multiple skill-building activities.
Our Port Waikato Camp is run on a biennial programme so the students experience a different camp during their two years. Each camp has different learning focuses, which are covered before, during and after the camp each year. The areas of learning students engage in include the Rocky Shore, Stream Study, Caves, Native Bush Studies, Fossils and the History of Port Waikato. The camp also lends itself to teaching essential life skills such as self-management and leadership qualities.
Our PWC activities include:
Abseiling, rock climbing, BMX, fribee golf, archery, hiking adventures (Bald Spur, Sunset Beach, Devlin’s Dash), camp out, tent pitching, outdoor cooking, caving, fossiling, mud fight, burma trail, stream investigations, camp concert, rock pool swimming, low ropes, obstacle course, volleyball, co-operative games, sand dune adventures, spotlight and waterfall walk/swim. Here is what the students have to say about the camp:
“I was proud of myself for deciding to give the hard level of rock climbing a go. Who wouldn’t be excited to give it a try?” Natahlia Awhitu, 2015.
“I came down Mama Bear and Papa Bear (abseiling sites). I felt nervous but I tried my best. Once I had done it I felt very proud” Quinn Covich, 2015.
“Oh no. Terror hit me. A voice in my head said, “No Bailey, you can do this”….Our Bald Spur walk was fun. I wish I could do it again” Bailey Cranson, 2015.
To round off the experience, the students hold a Camp Presentation Evening once they have returned. Our students host the evening and most children speak about their experiences. The night includes some camp concert items and a slideshow presentation full of exciting photos and videos. Student follow-up work is also displayed on the evening.
Leadership Retreat – Year 7 & 8
The Year 7 & 8 Leadership Retreat has been established to identify, grow and nurture our future school leaders. The retreat is set in Whitianga and consists of two nights and three days of team building and leadership activities. Our kaupapa is to nurture, grow and inspire our tamariki to take on leadership roles and responsibilities confidently within our school and in the wider community.
Each year Mrs Silcock and Whaea Tania take the children to Whitianga to participate in team building activities. We are very fortunate to be able to stay at the Silcock family bach and this helps keep our cost to a minimum.
Over the past two years our children have been to Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach. They have collected and cooked kai moana (pipi and kura). They swim at the most amazing water hole and get to bomb off the banks. They have caught the ferry from Whitianga to Ferry Landing, climbed Shakespear Cliff and gone snorkelling. They also have to cook their own meals, clean the house and pitch their own tents. The experience leaves our children feeling grateful and they all know they have achieved something while attending the Leadership Retreat.