On Wednesday 6th November, some of our Year 7/8 girls were lucky enough to host and be coached by some of the current New Zealand Women’s Tall Ferns Basketball Team members.
Through Mrs Janene Capon’s Waikato Basketball contacts, we were very lucky to be one of the few schools selected to host Charlisse Leger – Walker, Chevannah Palvasst & Matangiroa Flavell, so a big thank you to her for giving our senior girls this special opportunity.
Senior girls were also able to find out a bit more about our Tall Fern athletes through their Q & A time. They were surprised to know that the youngest member of the three, Charlisse Leger – Walker, was in her last year of high school at St. Peter’s, Cambridge and had already travelled to 16 countries because of basketball.
Our Tall Fern’s team members also talked about the importance of setting goals and having a good work ethic to achieve them.
The Year 7/8 girls who took part were: Hannah Tomlin, Tyniah Cottrell, Jessie Day, Kaiya Williams, Hazel Wallbank, Katelyn Hoskin, Taliana Mika, Peyton O'Callaghan, Kayleigh Quinton, Hayleigh McIntyre, Monique Austin, Devyn Jones, Jessica Walker and Jude Abdelrazeq.
“I enjoyed playing the “Golden Child” basketball game and learning how to dribble the ball between my legs.”
Devyn Jones - Rm. 17
“I really enjoyed playing the game because I got a lot of shots in and it was really interesting to hear how one of the girls had just left school, but had travelled to so many places.”
Tyniah Cottrell - Rm 21
“I really enjoyed the fact that the whole session was girls only. I found the three girls to be really positive and helpful.”
Kaiya Williams – Rm - 19
Take a look at what we have been up to and the successes that some of our students have had.
Our Syndicate enjoyed four action packed days out at Finlay Park. The weather was great and all the students, parents and teacher had a great time!
Top Schools is an annual Waikato Schools event that is hosted by Te Kowhai school and is competed amongst Primary & Full Primary Schools.
20 schools enter the event (10 Year 5/ 6 teams and 10 Year 7/ 8 teams). The competition is based on the old “Top Town” regional events that use to be aired on TV during the 80s & 90s.
Teams compete in 10 events with 12 minutes to complete various tasks for each game. They are all very different and points can be accumulated by:
How much water or sand can be filled up in a certain type of container.
How much distance can be made as a team within the time given.
How many objects can be caught in the time given.
Sportsmanship & fairplay attitude
Working as a team.
Positive attitude from both the team and their supporters.
Top Schools has been running for the past 14 years and our Te Rapa Primary School Year 7/8 teams have now won it for the 11th time. A massive accomplishment for all students in our school, past and present, who have competed in this event.
Top School Game winners in: 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019
Our team this year placed 7th in the first round facing some tough competition.