Rock climbing

The Sky’s the Limit: Stratford High School Students Gain Confidence with a Rock Climbing Wall

Students learned life skills and gained self-esteem and confidence. Photo/ Provided

The sky was the limit for students at Stratford High School as they scaled a rock climbing wall and gained confidence while doing so.

On April 5 and 6, Roadsafe Taranaki’s Rock up climbing wall was on the school site for Years 9 and 10, Te Rangimarie and Teen Parent Unit students.

The wall is rented and paid for by Roadsafe Taranaki, a road safety program focused specifically on behavior change and safe and courteous driving in Taranaki.

The program was created in 2004 when the three Taranaki District Councils agreed to establish and maintain a joint management group to run the program partially funded by the New Zealand Transport Agency. The program is run by the South Taranaki District Council.

Roadsafe Taranaki is working closely with key partners across the region to implement the Roadsafe Taranaki strategic plan.

Principal Cameron Stone explains that before climbing the wall, the students were taught the key elements of rock climbing, including how to use a harness safely.

“They received all the instructions and tips to climb the wall safely. They also learned about Roadsafe Taranaki and what they do for the community.”

He says teaching students how to safely step out of their comfort zone is a great way to build confidence.

“It’s about showing them that things that seem difficult can be accomplished with the right support. Students learned self-esteem, confidence and life skills.”