Hotoke year nine students compete in the tug of war

Competing and connecting

by Ann van Engelen

Rolleston College Annual Athletics Day was held at Brookside Park last Friday with students participating in events such as shot put, relays, tug of war, and softball throw.

“The school compete within their class groups toward their whanau group points. It is a great chance for each class to bond and connect into the wider team spirit,” says teacher Danielle Galway.

The four whanau are Ngahuru (red), Raumati (yellow), Koanga (green) and Hotoke (blue).

“These days set the year off for teachers and the staff to interact and see the students in a different setting outside of the classroom, and it gives us the opportunity to form connections with the pupils.

“It was great to see the individual pupils try their best in the different activities and begin to form new friendships as well. There was a lot of effort and positivity put into the teamwork by each class as well, which is always encouraging to see.”

Highlights included the tug of war and the relays where the whole school comes together.

The winning whanau for 2019 was Hotoke.

“There was healthy competition and a sense of pride established within the different groups. Events like this give the school a sense of community and togetherness and set pupils up with a positive start.

“As teachers, we look forward to furthering this connection with our students throughout the year.”