William Pike Challenge Award


William Pike Challenge Award for YEAR 9 at Waimate High School

Waimate High School is offering Year Nine students the opportunity to achieve the William Pike Challenge Award (WPCA). This Award is an outdoors activity based programme where the students complete eight outdoor adventure based activities such as Mountainbiking, Skiing and Canyoning; Learn a new skill, sport or hobby; and complete 20 hours of service within the community.

One of the major aims of the WPCA is to showcase the outdoors as a powerful tool for building confidence, building life skills and for the development of personality and character within an individual. The WPCA also aims to introduce more young people to the outdoors and in particular to encourage them to take advantage of the wonderful environments they have in their own backyard. There is an opportunity for students to try a new sport, hobby or skill, where they might discover a passion or strength.

There is an open invitation to listen to William Pike’s inspirational and motivating story. He began the Challenge Award after his legs were crushed in the 2007 eruption of Mt Ruapehu. As a result, he had his right leg amputated from the knee down.  It is a story of truimph over adversity and a desire to connect with others and foster a love and appreciation of the outdoors.  His story is truly remarkable.   During this time there will be further information about the WPCA and a specific question and answer time. Application forms will be available on the night, and from the school office. You can find more information on www.williampike.co.nz .This can lead you to the WPCA Facebook page and there is also a Waimate WPCA group on Facebook.

Waimate High School is looking for community groups, businesses and individuals interested in helping out, sponsoring and/or mentoring - especially with community service opportunities. 

Please contact Matt Simonsen gen@waimate-high.school.nz or phone the school office 689 8920.

Also check out the Facebook Group created: Waimate High School - Facebook group

Click here for an overview of the first year of WPCA.