Many students including those of the Atawhai syndicate had the chance to participate in the Papatoetoe Winter Sports Day. Holy Cross School took 2 boys soccer teams coached by Mrs King and Mr Kay and 2 girls soccer teams coached by Mr Young. Year 5 and 6 students were also chosen to play on the Papatoetoe Barbarian squad.
The weather was nice – not too hot and not too cold, the fields were great and the bus trip to the Papakura venue was short. Everyone represented Holy Cross well and it was a fun day of sport.
Today Monday 25th of June the students from Rooms 2 and 2a were lucky enough to go to 99 Queen’s Wharf, in Auckland at the waterfront. We went by bus to enjoy the FIFA Under 20 World Cup ‘Fan Zone.’
Wow! What will we see?
Everyone waiting for the driver ot start the bus
What a big bus
Mati and Angelique are very happy
We are excited about our bus trip
Ready to go!
Sitting safely on our seats
Waiting to walk to the bus
When we arrived we looked around at all of the activity spaces. Emma said hello to us and we had our group photo taken.
Smiling for the camera
We were so happy to be there
Look at me!
Can you see me?
The FIFA back drop
Listening to Emma
I wonder where we will go first?
Emma tells us the different activity areas in the ‘Fan Zone’
The Digital Zone
The performance area
The football pitch
Nets all around to stop the ball
Green astro turf surface to run on
Could you score a goal?
The area is right on Queen’s Wharf in the city
We are off the bus and heading in!
We went into the Digital Zone and took turns to play the ‘Play Station’ soccer game. We held the controller and pushed the buttons to make the players in the team run, kick, throw and score with the ball. There was a blue team and a red team playing against each other.
All ready for us – controllers and bean bags
A photo display
Lots of sea water at the side of the wharf
Here are the container cranes at the container terminal
Through the windows we see a tug boat
Who will have the first time
Squished on the bean bags
Look at the big screen
Watching the game progress
Justin shows a lot of focus!
Pushing buttons to move the players
Cara goes for it!
Next we moved to the skills alley. We had turns of dribbling the ball, zig zagging between them. At the end of the line we turned and did a long kick to pass the ball to the next player. Everyone waited patiently for their turn. The staff membeer encouraged us and offered us advice.
High Five for Tamara
You can do it!
Controlling the ball
I’ve got to the end of the alley
Go for it!
That was a big kick
Waiting our turn
Am I next?
Justin enjoyed his turn
Wher is that ball?
Keep on going…
Big orange cones to move around
Afterwards we moved into the ‘cube’ where we had our faces painted. We got a soccer ball first, then we could choose some stars, flames, extra soccer balls, or an “NZ” above it!
Look at my flames
Wow – that was tickly
Do you like my design?
This will help me run faster!
A great start – this was my first day of school!
Jayde is a star…..
Sit very still….
Do you like my picture? Cara’s first day at school too.
Keilani was having fun too
Remember not to touch it!
Mati looks fine!
Jernee has a big smile
Hailey and Caylix enjoy the face painting
What about my one?
The first stage, a sponge circle is used to put on the white base for the soccer ball
Stencils and brushes
Sponges, brushes and water
All the colours of the rainbow
Yes, here we are at the Face Painting Station
After that we could have a turn at goal kicking. The machine attached to the net could measure how fast our ball was going when it hit the net! We ran and kicked as far and as hard as we could!
And… it hits the back of the goal!
Next we all sat in lines with the other school who was at the Fan Zone and enjoyed watching the special guest performer! Olly did free style soccer tricks. He must have practised a lot. Olly could bounce the ball on his head, neck, hands, feet, knees. Sometimes he even played with the ball and a peaked cap. We laughed and shouted and clapped.
Last of all before we left to go home Olly showed two volunteers a few of his tricks. Jernee became a super soccer star on her first day of school. She learned how to spin a soccer ball on the top of a pen…… Well done!
We had a wonderful time at the FIFA “Fan Zone” – thank you FIFA and Auckland council for our free bus ride and visit. Soon we were back on the bus travelling back down the motorway. We arrived back just in time for lunch break and tell our friends all about our trip.
Lots of memories, an Face Paining art too…. What a great time!
Our sports exchanges began yesterday with some tough games against one of our traditional rivals Puhinui School. The children played hard and did well considering that for some it was their first time competing in inter-school sport.
A Grade: Holy Cross 11 Puhinui 8
B Grade: Holy Cross 4 Puhinui 0
C Grade: Puhinui 8 Holy Cross 4
D Grade: Holy Cross 8 Puhinui 5
E Grade: Puhinui won
F Grade: Puhinui won
Under 40kg: Holy Cross 45 Puhinui 15
Under 50kg: Puhinui 50 Holy Cross 20
A Grade: Puhinui 1 Holy Cross 0
B Grade: Puhinui 1 Holy Cross 0
It looks like most of our teams will need to step it up to get results. Our next sports exchange will be against Papatoetoe Central School.