The William Pike Challenge Award (WPCA) is an outdoor education programme, similar to the Duke of Edinburgh Award but aimed at intermediate school students. The WPCA was developed by William Pike, an outdoor enthusiast and teacher who was caught in a volcanic eruption on Mt Ruapehu in 2007, resulting in him losing his right leg. William was motivated by his accident to create the WPCA to provide young New Zealanders with a pathway to new outdoor experiences.
The core values instilled and nurtured in students through the WPCA are Courage, Teamwork, Resilience, Compassion, Pride and Enthusiasm. These values are important for any person to develop and match closely with our own School values.
What does the WPCA Programme Involve?
- Complete six outdoor activities. Activities are held in the local area, organised by the school and run jointly by teachers and outdoor activity provider.
- Develop a new sport, skill or hobby. This is chosen and undertaken completely independently by the pupils, monitored by the project leader.
- Undertake 20+ hours of community service. This is organised and undertaken completely independently by students with support from the project leader.
Students also meet every Friday lunchtime to check in with the project leader and get information and training on the activities to come.
Who Can Apply?
Late each year, Year 7 students can attend a WPCA Launch Evening after which they are invited to apply to complete the WPCA during Year 8. Approximately 30 students are able to participate each year.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to our financial sponsors in 2018 for helping make the WPCA programme possible:
- The School Uniform Centre
- Remuera Lions Club
If you are a business owner and would be interested in financially supporting this programme please contact the School office.