Spirit of Adventure

Spirit of Adventure

On this voyage were 39 other student representatives from all over New Zealand, along with the 14 crew members required to keep the ship in action. After arriving on the ship, our cell phones were confiscated and we had to get to know each other the old-fashioned way, even if half of the bonding was quoting jokes from the internet and singing popular songs.

Our voyage took us from Bluff all the way to Stewart Island, with nice 40 km/h winds tilting us to a 45-degree angle every few minutes. I wasn’t one of them, but quite a few people got seasick. (Baked beans on toast for breakfast probably didn’t help the colour or consistency.)

Once we were anchored off Stewart Island in the Patterson Inlet, we were introduced to the wonders of deck showers and what it means to be a Student Representative. We also took part in fun activities like a two-hour hike, and some team-building exercises in our groups.

Overall, this was a great experience that taught me some valuable leadership skills, though I’m not sure I’d want to do the Bluff crossing again.

Thank you to the Board of Trustees and our Principal, Ms Addison for giving me this wonderful opportunity.

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