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Project K in Wellington

St Bernard’s College Project K
By Kamaia Renata

Twelve Year 10 students From St Bernard’s College were selected to participate in Project K for the duration of the 14 month programme.  The first stage was an amazing 18 day outdoor experience based at Wairarapa Outdoor Pursuits base camp, Arorangi, just outside of Masterton.  This stage is designed to take the students outside of their comfort zone and provide challenges to increase confidence and self-efficacy.  The students completed a range of activities including mountain biking, abseiling, white-water rafting and lots of tramping including a five day expedition across the Tararua Mountain Range.  The boys returned home exhilarated at having stepped up to the challenges presented to them and ready for the Christmas break. 

Before school started for the 2013 year the students took part the second stage, the Community Challenge.  This was based at Secret Level youth centre in central Lower Hutt for two weeks.  It was planned to assist the boys to adapt the lessons learnt during the Wilderness Adventure to their own urban environment.  The students planned an Urban Journey to investigate career and study options for when they finish school and competed in teams to complete a Community Adventure (Amazing Race) to identify and collectively access local facilities.  They spent ten days exploring the resources in their community including sport and recreation, health and social support.  Some of the activities the boys participated in were a group fitness session at Les Mills Lower Hutt, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training session at The Combat Room, health promotion discussions with FPA and Vibe, visits to Massey University, Weltec, NZ Defence recruitment office, Work and Income NZ. 

The group also planned and executed a Community Project to ‘give back’ to the community.  The project required them to coordinate with local retailers for a street clean up on High St, in the vicinity of Secret Level.  The Community Project was a huge success with feedback from the retailers, Hutt City Council and an article in the Hutt News about the project’s positive impact on the relationship between retailers and local youth. 

The final and longest stage of the programme is the mentoring phase.  As part of the Community Project the students and their potential mentors met again with the intention of getting to know each other better.  At the end of the two weeks the students were matched with the trained, volunteer adult that they will work with for the next 12 months.  The mentoring partnerships are a powerful source of support for the students and give them an adult to work with to achieve their goals.  Just over one month into the mentoring process the mentors and students report a positive start to the relationships.  Good luck and all the best for the remaining months!

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