Greendale colour day
by Mike Isle
Greendale School, just south of Darfield showed its true colours this week when the entire school — staff and students — turned out in their house colours for the Term One House Colour Day.
Apart from the colourful display, a feature of the day was the tug-o-war between the three houses.
Principal Carey-Anne Hamilton said it was a fun day under sunny skies and a great occasion for the school to come together at the start of the school year.
She said the students dressed in their house colours, each representing one of the three local rivers: Selwyn (karaka/orange); Waireka (kakariki/green); and Hawkins (poroporo/purple).
The tug-o-war competition was instigated by the students and proved to be a real test of strength, she said.
Ms Hamilton said her school thrived on a strong and supportive family and community atmosphere. “We have a positive school culture and family-feel to our small, rural school. We have a strong emphasis on building students’ self-esteem and wellbeing.
“The school is extremely well resourced with fibre optic broadband supporting wireless iPads and laptops. The quality and availability of resources within the school are predominantly due to the ongoing support and fundraising efforts of the Greendale School community.”