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Armistice Day

Nov 20 2018

Today, we commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day with many St John members all over New Zealand participating in services and parades paying their respects. The Armistice centenary gives us the opportunity to acknowledge the loss and trauma of the First World War, as well as reflect on peace and hope at the centenary of its closure. As well as joining together in remembrance, we can recapture the relief and jubilation of that important day a century ago.

At 11am on 11 November this year, Aotearoa New Zealand marked the centenary of the armistice that ended the First World War in 1918. On that day 100 years ago, after four years of brutal conflict, war finally gave way to peace. The First World War had taken a huge toll on New Zealand. Around 100,000 New Zealanders – or ten percent of the population at the time – served overseas during the war, and over 18,000 lost their lives. Families and communities back home felt these losses acutely.

A few weeks ago, St John youth members from Canterbury were honoured and humbled to be invited by the RSA to be a part of the Amberley A & P Show. St John youth members and their leaders carried in white crosses, where each cross represented a fallen soldier from the Amberley area,as part of the grand parade. 

                               Armistice Day Canterbury

"Beyond this day when at last it is over, beyond the lantern, the firework, the flame, beyond each stone and each carven name, beyond the lives that will never recover, we will remember what we have come from."
Extract from: Ending Song – Armistice centenary poem

                                                                                                                     

 

THE ST JOHN YOUTH PROGRAMME

St John Youth offers two unique but distinctive programmes. The penguin programme is for young people aged 6-8 years and the cadet programme for young people aged 8-18 years.

The Cadet Programme offers young people the Grand Priors Award scheme which is the flagship of our youth programme. As the principle syllabus for our cadets, it provides the framework for our leaders to run educational fun and exciting extra-mural programmes and activities.  St John offers our young people exciting opportunities through a varied programme that is tailored to individual needs; let’s face it, not every young person is the same! 

St John has existed in New Zealand since 1885 and is part of a global organisation known as the Order of St John, which is active in more than 40 countries. The Order of St John can trace its history back to a hospital set up in Jerusalem during the Crusades over a thousand years ago.

The Penguin Programme is intended to be educational, but also great fun, often involving games, activities and sports. Penguin Groups frequently organise trips, camps, excursions, picnics and also attend other St John events and competitions. When a penguin turns 8 years old they transition into the Cadet Programme.

Use the links below to find out more:

  • Click HERE to find out more about the Penguin Programme.
  • Click HERE to download a Youth Brochure.
  • Click HERE to download an enrolment form to take on your first night.

 

The Cadet Programme offers young people the Grand Priors Award scheme which is the flagship of our youth programme. As the principle syllabus for our cadets, it provides the framework for our leaders to run educational fun and exciting extra-mural programmes and activities.  St John offers our young people exciting opportunities through a varied programme that is tailored to individual needs; let’s face it, not every young person is the same! Upper Hutt

 Use the links below to find out more:

  • Click HERE to find out more about the Cadet Programme.
  • Click HERE to download a Youth Brochure.
  • Click HERE to download an enrolment form

 

Youth Leaders Our fun and outgoing Youth Leaders undertake professional development and are appointed based on a rigorous back ground check process. All leaders complete an annual police check process and are the best people for the roles they hold. Youth Leaders are an important part of the St John youth programme, they plan, run and organise the divisional nights and provide the necessary supervison.

Family and whanau are also very welcome to join our programmes as a leader. If you are interested in joining us as a youth leader in either of our programmes we want to hear from you.  

For more information please click HERE to be taken to our leadership information page or click HERE to signup now!

 

Editor| Richard.Hitchcock@stjohn.org.nz