Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Netball Representative Trials

Khaia Makata (GD), Rowana Tui (GA) and Taunese Leitufia (C) in the Year 7 Auckland netball trials
Before the actual winter netball season has started, several of our Year 7 & 8 girls were nominated to trial, to get into one of the local Auckland Netball Centre's representative teams.  Last night was the Year 7 trials where 122 girls competed to be selected in the final 22 spots for two teams - the Year 7 'A' team and the 'B' team.  Like all representative trials, it's competitive and you try your best to do something special to make you stand out.  After very short notice, I'm glad the girls turned up and did their best.  They gained an experience that will help them measure where they're at and the potential they can be, to be the best.  The Year 8 trials are being held tomorrow night.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Tough Competition at the Inter-Zone Tag Football Tournament

On March the 10th, our intermediate boys and girls teams competed at the Eastern Zone Tag Football tournament that was organised by the ARL (Auckland Rugby League).  The other teams were from 2  local schools, Sylvia Park School and Stanhope Road School - it was a day for all children to experience playing a fast growing summer sport in New Zealand.  The tournament was held at the Mt Wellington Warriors rugby league home grounds on Thompson Park.

Y7 & 8 boys & girls 1st place at the Eastern Zone tag football tournament
Two out of three Pt England teams won all of their games on the day that gave them the opportunity to compete at the Auckland Inter-Zone tournament on Thursday the 26th of March in Greenlane.

The Auckland championship tournament was really challenging for our teams.  Some of the boys and girls were a part of last year's Auckland Primary Tag Championship team as Year 5 & 6 students, so playing against mostly Year 8 players, was an experience for them to grow from. They played games against the winners of the West, Central, Harbour and South-East zones who were very good competitors - our final placings overall were 6th for the girls and 8th place for the boys team.   We're very proud of our teams' efforts and look forward to playing this game heaps more in Term 4.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Swim & Survive - Thank you to our funders!

Year 3 & 4 students are learning how to swim - they are put in to 3 ability groups with an instructor for each group. 
All Pt England children had 8-10 half hour swimming lessons this term at the Glen Innes Aquatics Centre which is situated next to our school.  Learning how to swim and survive when problems arise in the water are essential life skills that our students need to know.  Our Year 1, 2, 7 & 8 classes were taught by one instructor and the classroom teacher.  However, 150 of our Year 3-6 students had the luxury of receiving lessons in small groups from 3 swim instructors, free of charge.

Being a decile 1 school, our Year 3-6 classes were eligible to participate in the GAAAP swim programme (Greater Auckland Aquatic Action Plan).  We are one of 147 Auckland schools  in the decile 1-6 category that receive free lessons by trained professional instructors.  Our students have made a huge progress since the programme began in 2012.  Here's our data:

895 Pt. England students have been through the programme since 2012.
Before Pt. England students could swim 200m and now 83 Pt England students could swim 200m
Before 15 students could swim 100m and now 184 students could swim 100m
Before 63 could swim 50m and now  343 students could swim 50m
Before 178 could swim 25m and now 573 students could swim 25m

According to the statistics provided by the Aktive Sport and Recreation organisation, around 90% of 7-9 year olds can't swim 200m unaided and 5-13 year old Maori & Pacific Island children are over-represented in drowning statistics.  So we are all extremely grateful to the funding partners who invest in the programme: Sport NZ, ASB Community Trust, Water Safety NZ, Sealord and the Auckland Council.  On Wednesday the 18th of March, it was an opportunity for Aktive and our children to say thank you to the funders.  The 500,000th swim lesson (Year 6 class) was filmed and celebrated on Wednesday the 18th March along with our principal, the Mayor of Auckland and the MC (master of ceremonies) was the television entertainer, Pio Terei.

Our Year 3 & 4 students are also taught about water safety and boat skills and what to do when problems arise.