Camp Makahika in Levin is the venue for our four day, three night camp experience for our Year 6 students in Week 5 of Term 4 of each year. This is an ideal opportunity for students to work collaboratively with their peers and teachers in an ideal outdoor setting, just far enough away from home.
Students spend a night in each of three settings - Makahika Lodge, Bushcraft Camp and Tent camp - exploring a range of activities: tramping, river crossings, high ropes, flying fox, fire lighting, cooking outdoors, sleeping in tents, native plant studies, problem solving, low ropes, communal living and eating, and managing equipment and themselves in different environments.
Intensive preparation is carried out in classrooms prior to camp to ensure students are prepared physically, emotionally and academically to complete the activities required. The Director of the Camp attends our Parent Camp meeting to discuss her venue and answer any questions. RISK ANALYSIS MANAGEMENT sheets are well prepared both by the Makahika Staff and the CPS staff to ensure all is in place for a safe and successful week. Makahika Staff are all well qualified and as with our parent helpers, Police vetted and approved. CPS staff visit the site prior to the week of camp to ensure all is in place and ready for the visit.
The cost is approximately $300 per student, with fundraising encouraged. This may be paid in instalments at any time during the year.
Food is home-made and a wide range of diets - e.g. gluten free, halal, allergies - are scrupulously prepared. Teachers manage all medications, with a system developed that ensures students are kept safe at all times.
On returning to school, follow up activities include art, writing and reflective comments as part of our ongoing self review. Many students comment that it is the highlight of their time at Churton Park School, especially as they transition to intermediate with their friends.