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CACTUS: Longest Day and Graduation

posted 23 Jun 2015, 15:01 by OC Web   [ updated 23 Jun 2015, 15:08 ]
CACTUS: The Longest Day ...
The longest day for the police programme CACTUS was on Friday 19th June. Students took part in physical drills and activities from 6am to 4pm. Principal, Andy Fraser, addressed the students at the start of the day saying how proud he was of their dedication and commitment to the programme. The fact that the programme demanded that teenagers are out of bed by 5:30am and doing physical drills by 6am in the morning (with police or army sergeants three times a week) impressed him.

Mr Fraser said the focus of CACTUS was to build students' resilience, organisation and commitment, which are all key skills to building a successful life. With students’ personal boundaries pushed, they have grown through the CACTUS experiences - and they now know they can set goals and achieve them.

It is also a testament to the police and army drill sergeants running the programme (led by Snr Constable Terry Moore) that all students finished the programme.

On Friday, the weather was a little 'wild' so from 4pm students had some time to get warm, change and be back at College for graduation at 5:30pm.

That night whanau filled the college gym to see what students had been up to every morning. The atmosphere was buzzing with excitement. Snr Constable Terry Moore MC'd the evening, showing videos of the past 8 weeks. The students marched in, a parade inspection was held and then awards were presented. These included:
Top drill award: Justice Pu'e
Top PT award: Hemaima Rikihana
Students’ choice: Tevita Kata
Top trainee: Lana Richardson.

Terry Moore said that this year’s CACTUS programme had been a great success and he was planning to run another programme for students early 2016.

I know students have greatly appreciated the opportunity to be a part of the CACTUS programme and look forward to continuing this tradition in years to come. 

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Hamish Wood
Deputy Principal