West Melton’s achievers
by Ann van Engelen
The students and teachers have had a busy start to the school year at West Melton School with various activities on the school calendar.
“We welcomed 34 new learners and eight new staff with a formal welcome last week,” says promotions and sports administrator Rita Spadoni.
“Family members are invited to join in when welcome newcomers to the school as they are also joining our community. We had a waiata that the children are involved in and the principal’s welcome message adding to the day.
“We held our annual Y5–8 Duathlon, where our learners had a chance to compete as an individual entry or as part of a team. It is a compulsory event with a run and cycle section with three kilometres running and nine kilometres for cycling in total.
“The children enjoy the challenge and are well supported by their peers.
They are quite competitive and have fun trying to beat each other. There are always a few surprises that come along with students doing exceptionally well. The top year five to eight competitors now have a chance to compete at the Selwyn Central Zone being held at Motukarara Domain at the end of February. Our juniors’ mini-triathlon is coming up in the near future.
“We have also selected our new Student Ambassadors, and we congratulate Amira, Aleia, Luke, Hamish, Brooklyn and Ryder. These learners have been selected for representing our DRIVER values — Determination/Aumangea, Respect/Whakaute, Integrity/Ngakaupono, Vitality/Hiringa, Empathy/Aroha and Resilience/Manawaroa.”