Te Rapa Primary

Te Rapa Primary School

Tops Schools 2018

Posted on 6 August 2018

Sunday 8th April was a beautiful day for 12 of our Year 7/8 students to represent our school in the annual “Top Schools Competition” hosted by Te Kowahi school.

Students met up at 8:30am at the venue and spent time getting to know the rules and the setup of the games.

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 can be filled up in a certain type of container.

  • How much distance can be made.

  • How many objects can be caught in the time given.

  • Sportsmanship & fairplay attitude

  • Working as a team.

Te Rapa Primary School continued their winning ways by being Top Schools Champions for 2018.

It was fantastic to see our student athletes show positive teamwork, willingness to give every their best and to exceed the challenges set before them. It was amazing day for them!!

Top Schools has been running for the past 13 years and Te Rapa Primary School has now won it or the 10th time. A massive accomplishment for all students in our school, past and present, who have competed in this wonderful event.

Thank you to all our families, staff, ex-students and friends of Te Rapa Primary School who came out to support us for the day. 

“My favourite event was Catching Flies. It was great event to be a part of as a Year 8 student, knowing that this is my last year at Te Rapa Primary School.”

Mya Pilcher

“I also liked the Catching Flies event as you had to have good hand-eye coordination to catch the objects and good strength to hit the “flies” to your partner.”

Tiare Parker

“I really enjoyed Top Schools because our team really got on well and we all knew what we had to do. I really liked the Wheelie Slippery and Wipeout events.”

Oliver O’Connor

“I loved doing the Wheelie Slippery event because you got to slide under tunnels and you got really wet.”

McGregor Morrison


“I loved the Wipeout game because you could throw sponges at people while they were carrying their cups of water. I’m glad I got selected in the team and that we won it again as it’s my last year at school.”

Kade Su’a

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