The cool thing about the project is that we
do a lot of stuff. There is the regular Friday night programme which meets
every Friday night during term time and includes special events like the
Opp Shop Ball and Shed Idol. And then outside of Friday we have a tramping
group which heads away at least five times a year. We also take youth away
to two main camps a year and we're involved in a number of community projects
where young people get the chance to contribute to the life of the
Friday Night Special
Every year we host Shed Idol where young people have the chance to showcase
their talent. We've had everything from the usual singing and dancing to
juggling, unicycle tricks, hoola hoop acrobatics, card tricks and skits.
You name it and we've had it. It's a fantastic night of fun and
Ball & Wearable Arts - Another couple of enjoyable nights are the
Opp Shop Ball where the youth just come as they are or pick up old evening
wear form the local Opp Shops. Wearable Arts gives young people the chance
to shine in the putting together of wacky costumes using whatever materials
come to hand. Both are great nights.
and the Civic Centre - A couple of times a year we try and get away from
"The Shed" and we hire out the Aqua Centre or the Civic Centre. Both nights
are fantastic fun with the big inflatable obstacle course in the pool testing
people's ability to stay on to the end as well the usual swimming and
hydrosliding. At the Civic Centre we play a lot Dodge Ball, Spider Soccer,
Basketball and other mad activities.
Water Fights & Top Team - Inside, outside activities are popular
at "The Shed." On some Friday nights we'll either hang out inside or show
a movie we've rented for the night. Alternatively we might have a water fight
or run Top Team games on the field where teams compete against each other
through a range of challenging tasks and obstacles. Always a fun night.
Christmas Dinner - Do we have to wait just once a year to celebrate
Christmas? Not at "The Shed" we don't which is why once a year, usually around
mid year but not always, we host a Mid-Winter Christmas Dinner complete with
decorations, roast meat, veges, desserts, party hats and entertainment. It's
a great night with lot's of yummy food.
Quiz Nights - One event we held and will do again was a Quiz night with
five teams competing against each other through a range of questions. Competition
was fierce to win the title of most well informed/intelligent table. We also
hosted an 80's night where we danced to 80's music and dressed 80's style.
A little scary to think that's how we used to look!
- Young people, guys in particular, love computers and in 2009 we had the
chance to run a massive 24 machine LAN out of "The Shed." It was guy heaven
because we started with a man sized breakfast of bacon, sausages, hash browns,
eggs and spaghetti, gamed for a few hours, BBQed for lunch, gamed again,
experimented with Mentos and Coke Rockets and finished up with some more
gaming. What a day!
- Camps are always special and fun purely because you're heading away
from home. Easter Camp however is in a class of it's own with 5000 other
young people and leaders in attendance. There is always heaps to do and loads
to eat. We always take a large team every year and the road trip over and
back is almost as much fun as the camp itself. It's usually quieter on the
way home though.
- This is the second camp we often take young people away to. Usually
around 150 young people in the Nelson area. A smaller more intimate camp.
Again with loads of activities and encouraging speakers who present challenging
messages about life choices. This camp always has great food and music which
is a real attraction.
Community and Other
Day Picnic - Every year now for quite a while the young people
from "The Shed" have headed for Dixon Park on Waitangi Day to assist with
face painting and supervising the Bouncy Castle. This is just one way in
which we seek to give a little back to our community. It's also a lot of
- World Vision has been running the 40 hour famine for 30+ years and
here in Greymouth in a combined effort "The Shed" and Grey High work hard
every year through a variety of fundraising ventures to make a difference.
In fact the level of funds now raised is such that the school has been awarded
a student scholarship for all their efforts. Well done team!
& Tramping - Not just for the boys but they do tend to dominate
these outdoor activities. Paintball we do once a term down at Hokitika and
have a great time. Tramping is something we started
in 2009 and aim to have about five tramps a year. It's proving to be very
popular and everyone enjoys both the experience and the sense of achievement
at the end.
|End of Year
Ball - A bit of a tradition now as we have run one every year for the
last ten years. It's the finale for the year and Nicky goes to a lot of trouble
to decorate the hall according to the chosen theme. It really is stunning.
The girls dress up and look amazing and the guys, well, they try. It;s always
a great night and fitting finish to the year.