Thursday, 4 June 2020

Sports and Cultural Co-ordinator

Fakalofa lahi atu everyone. This is my first post for 2020.
This year I have a new role here at Ormiston Primary School and that is the Sports and Cultural Coordinator. I also release learning coaches for PCT and help relieve across the school when needed. My focus is to get as many learners and teams involved in sporting competitions within the Howick Pakuranga Primary Association.

In term one, our Year 5 and 6 Boys cricket team participated in the HPPA competition. We began training in Week 2. This year I decided to have all boys that were interested in playing that showed some capabilities in the game. I kept two teams: a school team and a development team. The development team allowed for boys to develop their skills and a carry over of Year 5s for next year. The school team were the boys that showed capabilities with bowling because all boys had to bowl an over in the competition. The boys won 2 out of 6 games and showed promise in all games but lost out through fielding.

We also had Rip Rugby sessions run by Marist Eastern Rugby Club. This took place every Wednesday after school from 3.15-4.15pm. Most sessions had up to 40 learners from Year 1-6 boys and girls. Coaches were provided and our learners had so much fun. Parents were grateful to have their child/ren taking part and we also had some sign their kids up to play during the terms on Saturday.

For Culture we had a Samoan group practice for Samoan Language Week in Term 2. We also have Kapa Haka in collaboration with Ormiston Junior and Senior College. Because of the levels in Covid-19 our Samoan group made a movie of their items to share with the school and community. The children of Samoan descent dressed up in their Samoa shirts and dresses and wore them to school on Friday. Kapa Haka with the junior and senior college kids have helped spark interest amongst our learners especially those that are not of Maori heritage.

Here are links for our Samoan Cultural Movies:
Introduction to Samoan Language Weeks
Samoa Girls
Samoa Boys

It has been busy so far! But we are looking forward to more Sporting opportunities in Term 3 and celebrating our Cultural Language Weeks and maintaining Kapa Haka.

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