Year 9 Activities Week 2014

The schedule for the week is here.

Boys will be told at least the day before which activity they will be participating in on the following day. This is so that they will be prepared for the upcoming activities with appropriate clothing/shoes and attitude.

Keep an eye on the web site, as the programme will be posted here, along with any late notices.

All boys must be at school to meet with their groups in the designated room at 8:45 a.m.


All Year 9 students are expected to be at school during their Activities Week – it is to be treated like any normal school week. If your son does not show up for one or more of the days, it is the school's responsibility to find out where they are and your responsibility to cooperate with us in this. Those who fail to show and do not inform the school will be considered to be truanting unless otherwise explained otherwise. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

Below is a quick breakdown of the activities on offer this year.


The SJC R.E. Department has put together a fun and constructive programme designed to allow students to get to know and understand themselves better, to work and relate with both peers and teachers more effectively and put them in touch with their spiritual selves.

Adventure Waikato

Important Note

This activity requires some travelling so please be aware that on the day that your son/group are participating in this activity the bus will be departing St John’s College at 8.30am and returning by 4pm

In this activity the boys will be introduced to the pursuit of Caving. They will also be given the choice of either Abseiling down 10 metre cliff or riding one New Zealand’s longest Flying Foxes at 220 metres.

All activities at Adventure Waikato will be lead and supervised by qualified instructors.

The boys are reminded to wear appropriate clothing and footwear, a spare/clean set of clothes may also be a good idea. This is a daylong activity so the boys will need to bring lunch and water. There will not be an opportunity to stop and buy food.

Suggested clothing requirements:
► Two layers on top (caves can get cold) − one layer could be a thermal or polyprop.
► Shorts are suggested for lower body although could have some sort of thermal underneath.
► Shoes can be anything from light tramping boots to trainers with a reasonable grip.
► The boys should also bring a change of clothing for the trip home as they are bound to get dirty!!!!!!!!!!!

Medical Concerns

This is an outdoor activity, and the venue is quite isolated. So if your son has any allergy or breathing issues, we ask that he make sure that the teachers supervising this activity are aware, and your son brings with him any medication that he MAY require.


The Hillcrest Lawn Bowls Club has organised activities and games to introduce the boys to Bowls in a fun way.



This indoor facility allows the boys to express their competitive nature in fun competition of Netball and Football.

Who will be Champions of Year 9 Activity Week this year?


Students will have the benefit of being taught compass and map reading skills and much more from some ex-Army men who really know how to get students motivated and enjoying the outdoor. This one is a favourite, every year!

Te Reo Kori/Ki-O-Rahi

In the old N.Z. Physical Education Curriculum, Te Reo Kori was the Maori component taught in schools. A variety of activities/sports offer students an enriching, culturally important experience.


Here students will have the opportunity to use Hamilton’s premier pool and Hydro Slide facility with their peers.


Ms Sandie Gordon, ETOC Coordinator/Year 9 Activities.

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