By TBHS | Posted: Thursday December 13, 2018
The 2018 Rite Journey programme culminated in the final challenge of the year, recently completed at Lindisfarne Presbyterian Camp.
Usually, the Rite Journey concludes with The Solo, an event where the boys spend 20 hours in the bush in isolation with no technology, providing an opportunity to build their own shelters and spend time reflecting on the year, whilst also planning for their future.
Unfortunately, due to a very irregular weather pattern, the trips to Peel Forest had to be abandoned; in true Rite Journey style however, a separate event was created that had elements of The Solo included, ensuring that the boys did not miss out on a special experience.
This year all five Year 10 classes made their way to the camp where both as a class and as individuals, they completed a number of different activities.
· Bracelet making with Ms Martin: designed to give boys a new experience and an opportunity to give back to others.
· Shelter making with Mr Richardson: a condensed version of what they would have completed at Peel Forest.
· Penny Stove cooking with Mrs Hutchinson: the boys made their stoves prior to The Solo so appreciated the opportunity to use them to cook a snack.
· Letter to self with Mr Rooney: a letter the boys wrote to their future selves, receiving this back when they leave school. They set goals, write about things they are thankful for and reflect on their lives to date.
· Haka practice with Darian and Sidney: the boys practiced the school haka in preparation for the final Haka Challenge during the day, an event that was won by 10AD.
A big thank you must go to all of the boys; their participation and attitude on the day reflected that of what we would expect to find in a fine young man. Also, sincere thanks to the staff who ran activities and to Mrs Staples for her organisation and facilitation of the event.
Special thanks to The Rite Journey teachers for giving so much to their students throughout the year and delivering what is something unique and special to Timaru Boys’ High School.