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Ngaruawahia Camp – Year 7 students

We’re delighted to inform everyone about our school camp in Term 2. It always stands out as one of the best experiences our school offers our students. School camps are an important and valuable way for children to learn to co-operate with others, face physical challenges and to get to know each other and their teachers outside of the classroom. All Year 7 students are invited to attend camp as well as any Year 8 students who have joined our school this year. The dates are as follows:

All students will travel to camp by bus. There will be space on the buses for adult helpers travelling to camp. By attending camp, we intend to cover the following Learning Outcomes:

  • To meet new challenges
  • To learn about ourselves, other students and teachers at our camp and develop positive relationships

A voluntary donation payment of up to $150.00 is payable from now on, either in instalments or a lump sum. Please note you can choose if you want to pay none, some or all of the camp donation. If you choose not to donate, your child will still attend camp. We expect all students to attend camp.

Why is camp a voluntary donation payment?

Royal Oak Intermediate has funding for each student attending our school in exchange for not asking for donations for curriculum costs – with the exception of donations for school camps.

This money will go toward covering the travel, accommodation and food costs for your child, cost of all activities and trained camp instructors for certain activities. The voluntary donation can be paid through the classroom money folder by your child, directly to the school office, (EFTPOS, cash or cheque) or through the online banking system.

Our school bank account number is 12-3061-0174243-00

When paying the donation in instalments or the full amount by this method, it is essential that you enter “2022 CAMP, your child’s full name and room number”. Donations are welcome from now onwards.

Adult and Parent Helpers

Without adult support at camp, it simply cannot proceed. If you are available for the role of an adult helper at camp, please email me directly on bohalloran@royaloakint.school.nz and fill in the relevant form attached with this paperwork. I will correspond via email or phone call to confirm your attendance at camp and relay important information to you as soon as I hear from you.

Where is the camp? How can I contact my child if I need to?

Ngaruawahia Campsite is located 20 minutes north of Hamilton. Please feel free to visit their website https://www.cyc.org.nz/. The phone number is 07-8248495. Students will not be available to speak during the day or night as they will be doing activities, so please do not call this number asking to speak to a student. Any important messages can be passed on by a teacher. Students are asked not to bring their phones or devices to camp. If you need to relay a message you can contact the camp, or the school at 09 636 5667. You can also contact the teacher in charge at camp, Lee Tibble directly on 0220841965.

What groups will my child be in? Where will they sleep?

Students will be allocated activity groups and sleeping groups in the weeks leading up to camp. They will be given an opportunity to choose their groups. We will do our best to accommodate every child so that they are happy with their placements and set up to enjoy their camp experience. Activity groups are supervised and run by adult helpers, teachers and camp instructors. Activity groups are a mix of boys and girls. Boys sleep in the boys’ cabins, while girls will sleep in the girls’ cabins.

At night, teachers, adults and the Camp Instructors will be sleeping in close proximity to the student rooms. Students sleep in cabins of varying size from 4 – 10 persons and will be made aware of where and how to find adults if needed.

Parent Consent and Medical Information

A Consent and Medical Form is attached and this must be filled out in detail. There will be trained staff at camp with up to date First Aid Certificates and the Ngaruawahia Medical Centre will be notified of our attendance at camp. Note, the medical form requires a commitment by the family to reimburse the school for any medical expenses, should this be necessary. Any medicines the student takes regularly should be brought to school on the day your child leaves for camp, in a re-sealable bag, labelled with the student’s name, at what time during the day it should be administered, and the dosage. This is to be handed to the Camp Leader who will look after it and supervise administration. The only exception to this would be inhalers for asthmatics, and these should be noted on the medical form.

Students need to be granted consent to partake in swimming. Students will be kayaking on the camp pond where use of life-vests will be strictly observed. Items not to be brought to camp are indicated on the Gear List. Whilst we realise that parents may be interested in camp, casual visits to camp are not encouraged. The camp is on private property and is hired subject to certain conditions. Also, the arrival of family members may bring about homesickness so please make any requests of this nature in advance via email to bohalloran@royaloakint.school.nz .Thank you for your support of Camp 2022. If you have any questions about camp or have a problem that we can help with, feel free to contact me.

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