A few of our Social Workers have been a part of the Year 7 Girls Leadership Group at Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate.
On November 14th, 15th and 16th ATWC Staff and a video crew took the girls away to Ferndale Lodge Christian Camp in West Auckland. It was an amazing retreat with the theme of Leadership through the lens of Te Whare Tapa Wha (a holistic Maori model of health and wellbeing).
The girls were able to explore their leadership qualities within the four dimensions of – Taha Tinana (Physical) , Taha Hinegnaro (Mental health/ emotions), Taha Whanau (family, connections), and Taha Wairua (spirituality).
These concepts were apart of activities such as scavenger hunts, archery, sports, waiata, mindfulness, and reflection all leading up to an art piece that represented their Mauri Ora (well being).
A highlight of the retreat for the girls would be talanoa (talking circle) around the campfire, and roasting marshmallows. It was a wonderful experience to see these young ladies grow in their self-confidence and recognise their personal strengths.