Once a term we take our ten eldest children, who are part of our nature programme into the Glenbervie climbing forest to try out the tamariki course (see our past post here). Last Friday afternoon when all the children had gone home it was the turn of Kim, Donna, Rachel, Christine and Sarah to take part in some team building and experience the challenges of the climbing forest!
Here we are raring to go!
Sarah on the practice course.
When we first arrived I think a few of us (me!) would have been happy to complete just the lower down tamariki course - but of course we needed to challenge and push ourselves a little harder.
As teachers we really encourage the children at Mairtown to take responsible risks, work together, problem solve and challenge themselves to step outside of their comfort zone; so it was great for us experience these same feelings.
Some of the challenges that lay ahead of us!
The longer we stayed at the forest the more relaxed and confident we became with the heights.
Waving to the camera!
As a team we had a lot of fun, but most importantly gained a sense of participation in the way we supported and encouraged each other, especially those tasks that were challenging to some of us.