Students at Rolleston West Primary School were able to experience ice skating

An ice experience

by Ann van Engelen

Students at West Melton Primary School were able to try their hand at ice skating when the Ice Skate Tour visited the school last week.

“We had nearly 1,000 people visit during the six-day event,” says owner-operator Robin de Goeij.

“We tour the country to give children the opportunity to try something new.

We provide lessons during school hours and are open to the public after hours and on the weekends in the areas we visit.

“It is nice to see children who are nervous at their first lesson gain confidence and start skating around the rink. They often return with their family at the public sessions to show off their new skills.

“We had curling for adults and a disco night on Friday night, which was sold out. Everyone had an absolute blast. The social aspect of ice skating sees children help and encourage each other and they enjoy the challenge.

It is fantastic to see them make amazing progress together. If you are good at one sport, it does not mean you will find ice skating easy and even people with special needs are really good ice skaters.

“I love taking the rink around the country to as many communities as we can a bit of circus life. Our objective is to get families active and doing something together and that is what we do.

“We are back in Rolleston from March 23 to 29 at Clearview Primary School and are looking forward to seeing new and familiar faces.

“The rink will be open to the public from 3pm to 7pm weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.”

To win one of two double passes to the event in March, email The first two people to email in — win.