Kahunui Life Skills experience
Kahunui is key to a full St Cuthbert’s education and equips every girl with life skills for the real world. Every Year 10 girl spends a month at our Bay of Plenty outdoor campus – a truly transformative experience she will remember forever.
St Cuthbert’s is the only girls’ school to offer a residential life skills outdoor learning programme on a separate campus, which is designed to advance all levels of fitness – social, physical, emotional and intellectual. Our girls emerge with new-found resilience and self-confidence, and a fresh appreciation of their home and family.
Off the grid
What’s so special for the girls is spending four weeks ‘off the grid’ – with no phones, laptops or devices – providing a rare opportunity to develop meaningful perspectives without distraction. The transformation is incredible. Our girls return brimming with self-confidence, deepened friendships and a greater sense of themselves and others.
Under specialist instruction the girls live in and manage their own house. Along with all the practicalities – like cleaning, laundry, menu planning, budgeting, gardening and cooking – they learn to live with others – building respect, consideration, reliance and understanding of strengths and differences.
Outdoor activities range from tramping, kayaking, and blow-carting to fishing, small boat handling, fire lighting and survival camping. The broad learning environment encourages girls to challenge and enquire – to think deeply about the world they live in and delve into problems to develop creative and innovate solutions.