Windwhistle students Martha, Amelia, Jed, Pippa, Fergus, Sam D, Sam J and Macsen participated in the local schools ski derby

Local schools derby

by Ann van Engelen

Fourteen schools from the Selwyn District and beyond entered the annual Dynastar Local Schools Derby at Porters Ski Field recently taking the opportunity to participate in the sport at competition level.

“Windwhistle School has been involved for the past five years with two teams entering the event this year,” says parent organiser Jen Daly.

“These days give children that are not normally involved in ski racing as it is a great opportunity to compete, and you need to be reasonably competent. The students from Windwhistle are intermediate to advanced skiers as they have weekly lessons for six weeks a year and the event is a positive way to finish off the season.

“There were little five-year-olds participating and for them, it was about having a go, and we had a friendly kea come in and take over the prize-giving, which was entertaining for the children.

“Skiing is an important part of our outdoor education programme and is a great way to make the most of the local environment. When children start young, they pick up the skills easily and grow in confidence. It is another talent they can utilise later in life. For our students at Windwhistle School, it is socially important because we are a small school and they get to mingle with other children, and that helps when you live remotely. All the schools did well with Springfield School and Darfield High doing very well.”