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The Academy course is full of fundamental life skills that are vital for success in and out of the school class room.

When push comes to shove `real life' skills often take a back seat to academics. The Academy has in its content words of wisdom for today's young adults presented at a unique location with passion and variety.

It's a sure blueprint for building your leadership skills, for knowing how to get the life you want and to motivate yourself to reach your full potential.

It's the little things that make a big difference and as the saying goes "The future belongs to those who prepare for it today".

This Academy is well worth investing time in, nine Sunday's over six months and your `Gold Card' will open up many doors for future employment and scholarships.

If you would like to register, please download our brochure and fill in your details

How to get there:
We are located 11km southwest of Tauranga, 3km climb up Reid Road off Welcome Bay Road. Membership welcomed or casual entry by donation, but please leave your dogs at home.



Course Day 1
Farm - Papamoa Hills
Sunday, 12th February
9am to 3pm

Course Day 2
Tauranga Gliding Club
Saturday, 18th Feburary
9am to 4pm

Course Day 3
Farm - Papamoa Hills
Sunday, 19th Feburary
9am to 3pm

Course Day 4
Finlay Park Camp (Team Building Weekend)
Friday, 3rd March to
Sunday, 5th March

Course Day 5
Farm - Papamoa Hills
Sunday, 19th March
9am to 3pm

Course Day 6
High Ropes - meet MCD'S 11th Ave
Sunday, 2nd April
9am to 3pm

Course Day 7
Farm - Papamoa Hills
Sunday, 9th April
9am to 3pm

Course Day 8
Farm - Papamoa Hills then options
Sunday, 7th May
9am to 3pm

Course Day 9
Home of Science - Tauranga City
Sunday, 21st May
9am to 3pm

Course Day 10
Farm - Papamoa Hills
Sunday, 11th June
9am to 3pm

Course Day 11
Graduation - Farm - Papamoa Hills
Sunday, 25th June
10:30am to 12:30pm



The subjects we cover in the thirty odd modules are very practical – a lot is common sense, wisdom and quite a few leadership skills that a future employer will value and can put into practice.

By attending the academy you’ll learn things you don’t learn at school or at home.

Here are the topics that we will cover:


  • Being Proactive
  • Begin with the end in mind
  • Put first things first
  • Think win / win
  • Seek to understand, then be understood
  • Synergize
  • Sharpen the saw
  • Just do it



  • Values
  • Leadership
  • Team-building
  • Public speaking
  • Business enterprise
  • Culture and environment
  • Team building weekend
  • Life coaching
  • Gliding
  • First aid
  • Job & study opportunities
  • Inspirational movies & books
  • Budgeting ...and more


Some fun outdoor experiences each meeting.

Your commitment is; attendance for 2 Saturdays and 9 Sundays from February to June 2017, eight hours unpaid community work and $20 entrepreneurial challenge.


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Hear From Our A1 Youth Academy Graduates

  • My son attended the 2016 programme at Summerhill and benefited greatly by the positive experience.

    He was reluctant to attend the course when recommended by his school but with encouragement signed up and completed the six month course. Being part of a group really helped with his confidence as his peers were inclusive and like minded individuals.

    The programme was varied and interesting and looked like much fun was being had. So thanks Summerhill for the opportunity. 

  • The course provided her with a huge range of exposure to different challenges including physical, team activities and community focussed fundraising. They had speakers from different sectors of the community including the Mayor, Alcohol and Drug awareness, Financial Planning and could choose a short course to train in.  

    Madison made some fantastic new friends and enjoyed the weekend camp.  The other great advantage for young people attending this course is the opportunity learn under other leaders in our community such as Garth Collings and the team of leaders.  They themselves have imparted solid wisdom and life experience for teenagers who attend this course.  We would highly recommend anyone from any walk of life attends this  Leadership course.

  • Thank you for the opportunity to be part of the Summerhill A1 Youth Academy. I enjoyed everything we have done and will out this Academy I would have likely never done activities such as gliding or navigation.

    I will definitely recommend this Acedemy to others.

    I have listened to some really inspirational speeches and meet some great people.

    Once again

  • I just want to thank you all so much for being responsible for one of the best experiences of my life. I have gained new friends, many new skills and memories that will stay with me forever.

    You have done an amazing job and I am so grateful for being given the opportunity to participlate in this Academy. I hope many more young people get the chance to be involved and have as much fun as I did.