ATC Terminator Challenge – Manukau to Mission Bay
ATC Terminator Challenge – Manukau to Mission Bay
  • Drill challenge – Nov 7th, 12pm – 3pm, 5 Ryan Place, Manukau
  • Physical challenge – Nov 8th, 9am – 2pm, Mission Bay

Saving the world doesn’t have to be serious all the time, as ATC students from three campuses turned up at Manukau campus and Mission Bay for a show of strength at our annual Terminator Challenge. Squads from ATC Hamilton, Manukau and New Lynn put their drill skills to the test at our Manukau campus on Wednesday 7 Nov to the cheers of other squads, ATC staff, family and friends and stakeholders.

Hamilton squad stole the crowd first with their fusion of military drill formations and hip hop, with New Lynn and the home squad firing back with equally impressive drill routines. While the individual squads put everything into their drills, and the crowd favourites Hamilton took home the drill challenge, the “one team” spirit was obvious as everyone got behind each other and cheered on.

Bright and early next day at Mission Bay, braving Auckland traffic and overcast conditions, the three ATC squads went on to perform a series of gruelling physical challenges. Each team had to display their communication skills, working together as a team to find solutions, committing to a plan and following the chain of command. This was no simple feat, requiring obvious physical strength and perhaps more importantly, mental strength.

From high intensity cardio routines to strength-testing activities that involved dragging squad members on a truck tyre across the sand, filling buckets of water with a container with holes while running against the clock, testing squad members’ core strength by walking on them and digging trenches on the sand to name a few challenges. Definitely not for the fainthearted.

From high intensity cardio routines to strength-testing activities that involved dragging squad members on a truck tyre across the sand, filling buckets of water with a container with holes while running against the clock, testing squad members’ core strength by walking on them and digging trenches on the sand to name a few challenges. Definitely not for the fainthearted.

Manukau Delta squad with their exceptional attention to following instruction and working together as one team, brought the Physical Challenge title home, and the day finished with a powerful, all-campus haka as on-lookers from Mission Bay cheered on. Paige, Trinity, Kane and Soane from Team Delta were recognised for their exceptional leadership skills. Brighton, Jodeci and Lexus were identified as the hardest working team members, while Eden, Jonah and Emerald were applauded for their big heart, displaying stellar attitude and commitment.

Students also took time to share their thoughts afterwards.

  • “This was the best activity of the year!”
  • “We need more of this”
  • “I didn’t know I could push myself this hard”
  • “We were nervous but we still did it with the support of our team and staff”

ATC staff from Manukau, New Lynn and Hamilton oversaw the teams the entire time, paying close attention to teams retention of information, instruction and how well they worked together to look after the team members and how they achieved each of the challenges. Aiming to get the students to think on their feet, challenge them to step outside of their comfort zone and practice real-life problem solving skills, ATC staff expressed their pride in their students and their exceptional efforts.

  • “It’s amazing to see our unified campuses work together.”
  • “Team work was at its best.”
  • “It was worth all the effort and planning to see our kids happy.”

Challenges like this provide the students a valuable opportunity to apply all of their skills – physical and mental, to quickly identify a potential threat and to ensure their own safety and the safety of others around them and to take the best course of action.