Students from Tomarata and Pakiri Schools joined forces last month to take part in a Weet-Bix Try Challenge day, a special day of sports activities, obstacle courses and free goodies for all. Our junior correspondents, Cole Costello, Charlie Gray and Todd Clarke, sent in this special report from the Tomarata School sportsfield …
There was excitement in the air when Tomarata school students woke up on June 23 – it was Weet-Bix Try Challenge day. Year 7 and 8 students exclaimed “That’s massive” when they saw the set-up on the field. The Weet-Bix group had heaps of sponsors and equipment for the challenge. People started swarming in through the gates of Tomarata. While the swarm of people came in, Rakau Room Seven was helping with setting out the course. Mrs Neels, our principal, invited Pakiri School to join us for the try challenge. The Pakiri School students were excited.
It was an amazing opportunity for our small rural school, as the Challenge is only going to 17 schools.
There are many bigger schools, but we were chosen. The children got to challenge their stamina and growth mindset.
Pat Green, from Harbour Sport, who organised for the school to have the opportunity, gave directions for the Weet-Bix group to get to Tomarata. There was a massive bouncy obstacle we all clambered through, with several other challenging obstacles around the field. The challenge was tough for Tomarata and Pakiri students.
We had house points for every circuit we completed. Our houses are Kereru, Kea, Kiwi and Kakapo, so the challenge was on! One of the teachers from Tomarata School asked, or bribed, the Pakiri School to go for the Kereru house. Then it was announced that Kereru won with 110 points!
At the end of 30 minutes we received a medal at the finish line. The whole of Tomarata and Pakiri School got Weet-Bix T-shirts and bags. Finally we shared a breakfast that was supplied by Weet-Bix and Watties.
We all had lots of fun and want to thank the supporters of the Weet-Bix Try Challenge.