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Spirit Of Adventure

25 August 2016
Spirit Of Adventure


Whakatane High School has been involved in the Spirit of Adventure, sending students on the ten day voyages to develop their leadership skills and the team work attitude required for lifetime success.

On each Spirit of Adventure voyage 40 participants, aged between 16-18 years, come from all over New Zealand to share the challenge of ten days at sea. Participants will leave with a new set of skills, a huge sense of achievement, loads of new friends and the confidence to take on any new challenge put in front of them.

During a voyage, participants will learn much about themselves and their ability to become leaders. Learning about the sea and how to sail a tall ship is simply a bi-product of this award-winning programme.

The whole voyage is based on experiential learning, or in other words – learning by doing. Participants will face all sorts of challenges and take part in many activities on the ship, on the water and on shore.

On the last day, participants elect their own crew and work as a team to sail the ship unaided to its final anchorage. This is a unique part of the programme, and a level of self-empowerment that is only found on board Spirit of New Zealand.

Participants must:

Be aged between 16-18 years (must not have had 19th birthday)

Meet the medical criteria of the voyage

Agree to the code of conduct / terms and conditions of the voyage.


Some students are able to be fully or part funded for this experience, it depends on family circumstances. There is room on every sailing, you can choose your time if you express interest early, and book your place. If you would like to know more, you may collect a pamphlet from John Keepa, the WHS Sports co-ordinator, or Linda Bonne.

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