Hammersley Park School

Hammersley Park School in Christchurch, has received $7,200 of funding from the Mazda Foundation to take a class of students on a camping trip.

The school is planning to take a class of year five and six children to the Golden Bay area on a camping trip at the end of the school year. The trip will expose the students to a new rural environment and a range of activities which they can get involved in and enjoy. Staff hope the trip will bring the students some relief after a stressful year.

After the Canterbury earthquakes, some of the students are still living in affected homes or temporary accommodation in increasingly frustrating circumstances. Many have lost family members and friends through relocation and migration to other parts of New Zealand.

“We are delighted to be taking the students on a camping trip after a turbulent year. Only two of our 20 students have been further than 30 kilometres from the Christchurch area so it will be great to show them somewhere new and give them a break away,” Says, Brent Egerton, Principal of Hammersley Park School.

The students will camp in a rural environment and get involved in a range of activities which will educate them on nature and the environment.