Thursday 7 April 2016

Camp is nearly done.

Just when we thought the days couldn't get any better, they did.

We spent this morning at Carisbrook School, in friendly competition and creative expression. Firstly the competition. The basketball was fiercely fought and deservedly won by Carisbrook. Next up was touch, where Beckenham dominated. The decider was the softball, and yes we were victorious. The trophy will be coming back with us to Christchurch. Carisbrook were fabulous hosts and it was awesome seeing the children interact so positively with each other. The real bonus of the morning was the Brophy Ariel Silks programme which is running at Carisbrook.  Jenny very kindly offered to run a session for our children (and some adults) and they absolutely loved it! The morning wrapped up with a delicious lunch provided by Carisbrook.

Waving enthusiastic thanks to the children and staff at Carisbrook, we climbed aboard our buses and headed into town. Our next destination was the long awaited Cadbury's visit, which lived up to everyone's expectations. With chocolate lining our tummies, we went on to explore the beautiful railway station and sports museum. Our final visit was to the Otago Early Settler's Museum. By this stage, we were all pretty bushed, but the interactive nature of the museum had everyone buzzing again. It has been a lovely evening here in Dunedin, so we headed off back to the beach for some more fun in the sandhills to wrap up the afternoon. Yet again, our wonderful parents put on a fabulous spread for dinner, then we settled down to be entertained at our camp concert. We laughed, we wowed and some of us even cried; what a talented bunch we have in Te Whānau Kauri!

That's it, we are nearly done. What an awesome week it has been. A huge thanks to all our fabulous parents. We have loved spending the week with you and have hugely appreciated the contribution you have made, especially in the catering dept. Tomorrow we head to Oamaru to experience the steam punk culture and have fish and chips for lunch. We should be back in Christchurch by 5ish, but will send a more accurate time through to you once we leave Oamaru.
Friendships forged over the chessboard.

Giving our all on the basketball court.

Victorious in the touch.

Sandy showing us her graceful side.

What flexibility!

Thanks for the delicious lunch Carisbrook!

Admiring the beautiful railway station.

Chocolate filled tummies.

Experiencing life in the 'olden days'.

Leaping for joy in the sand dunes.

Jarred shared his sign language talent with us all. 

Wednesday 6 April 2016

Three days at camp under our belt.

Today felt like our busiest day yet. We hit the ground running with a quick trip up Baldwin St. The keen ones raced and the rest of us followed. Forest were victorious in the Jaffa roll, Mountains cracked in half a few metres into it and Coast disappeared into the gutter. Next it was off to the Otago Museum. Over the next four hours we walked through the university and down iconic Castle St to the botanical gardens and bird avery, and explored the museum and butterfly forest. We greeted our friendly bus drivers again at three and then it was off to Moana Pool. At the rate the children rushed up and down the hydro-slide, they weren't as tired as we thought they were! After a nourishing dinner, it was evening activity time. The little blue penguins were well worth the 45 minute wait, as we watched them waddle up the beach towards us. Andrew from Hair-Raiser Tours entertained, educated and spooked us, as we toured the streets around the Octagon, learning about it's darker history.

And they're off!

Our five fastest finishers.

We all made it!

Ready, set, roll ...

Otago University

Playing in the gardens.

Butterfly encounters.

These pics are self-explanatory. It was fun on that slide!

That's them down on the sand. Safety in numbers.

On their way to their nests, right under our feet.

Andrew tells us of the fate faced by Mr Ward when he opened an explosive parcel.

There were a whole raft of responses to the stories we heard.