Holiday Programmes

We have had awesome school holiday programmes where we have played games and sports, or done activities or had a drivers licence programme. Our recent holiday programmes saw 44 participants over two days meet at St Joseph’s in Mt Victoria in the morning, where we had games and lunch before going to ASB Stadium to play sports. Here’s what two of the participants had to share:

“The holiday programme was really good, better than I actually thought it would be. We first sat down and introduced ourselves and played some games to start getting to know each other. We then stopped and shared lunch together which really helped get to know other people more.” Y.A

“On our way to ASB stadium, we got to socialise more and it was fun playing games in the car, like Spotto. As soon as we started playing sports, you could see that everyone was happy and having fun. Over the two days we got to play Ki‑o‑rahi, indoor soccer, basketball, dodge ball and volleyball. At the end of the day it was all very fun and we all got on really well. We made heaps of new friends and it was good getting out of the house and doing something different. Overall, it was a great experience and we all enjoyed it. I will definitely be doing it again!” L.A

The main feedback we got from the young people was that they wanted to have activities in both weeks of the holidays, SO, currently we are in the process of planning our next holiday programmes, so keep you eye out for more information as we secure dates and confirm details! We would love to have more young people come along, they are great days of getting to meet new people and having lots of fun!

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Hol Prog July 2

COMPASS Youth Group

COMPASS is Challenge 2000’s youth development and leadership programme for 2012.

We began on Sunday the 29th of April and every Sunday for the next three months we meet at St Joseph’s in Mt Vic from 5pm until 7pm.

COMPASS focuses on issues that young people need and want to hear about. We will talk about what it means to be a Kiwi, social justice in the world and our country, relationships, faith and of course there is a camp to look forward to. It really is a great place for young people to find connections and a sense of belonging.

Our target age range is between 14 and 17 but a year either way suits us! COMPASS also functions as a Sacramental programme so if you know any young people looking to take part in any of the Sacraments send them our way.

Challenge 2000 have the capacity to pick young people up and drop them off if there are a reasonable number coming from the same area. If transport is an issue don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.

Any further questions or queries please feel free to call Thérèse on 477 0045.


Jerusalem Trip 2010

Jerusalem Trip June 2010

On Sunday 20th June 2010 Steve Tamarapa, Anh-Dao Pham, Luke Collins, Manu Maihi-Ioane, Sherrie Wharewaka and Kirsty Leedom headed up the Whanganui River to Jerusalem, staying at St Joseph’s Convent.  We were there to put on a week of activities for the 16 students (from 6 to 12 years old) at the Whanganui Awa School. The other groups staying in Jerusalem at the time were a theatre performing group, a film crew and a Brazilian back packer.   We fitted in very well!

 Jerusalem Trip June 2010Jerusalem Trip June 2010

Activities in the course of the week included endless rounds of bang, jockeys up and grandma’s keys; the girls helping the children with their school work and the guys helping out at the convent doing odds jobs for the sisters; and a mini world cup (gumboot throwing, skipping, a puzzle hut and multiple relays).

Jerusalem Trip June 2010

Towards the end of the week we wrote affirmations for each of the children to help them be aware of their talents and to make them feel special.  These were presented to the children on Friday.  They, in turn, gave us cards of appreciation that they had made.

Jerusalem Trip June 2010

  Jerusalem Trip June 2010

The five days spent with the awesome students were nothing short of exhausting with the endless piggy back rides, bull rush games and kids pulling us in all directions wanting to show us things; it was exhilarating, though, to see the energy, enthusiasm and curiosity of these kids. All of us will remember the experience with delight.

Jerusalem Trip June 2010

Jerusalem Trip June 2010Kirsty Leedom