Sunday, 17 September 2017

Stanley Olympics

During Week 6 a wonderful group of 49 Year 6, 7 and 8's participated in Stanley Olympics. While the Stanley Avenue Winter Olympics Team was away at Totara Springs competing in a wide variety of sporting events, the remaining students stayed back at school and participated in a range of fun events.

The week started off on Monday morning with an Amazing Race around Te Aroha. The weather was not looking promising and there was a lot of running around on Monday morning to organise a back-up plan, but when 9am rolled around the skies were fairly clear and we decided to go ahead. Everyone had a great time running around town, completing tasks, taking photos and trying to decipher clues. A huge thank you to the parents who gave up their time to lead groups, the businesses for letting us into their stores and giving us a range of activities to complete. It was a lot of fun and extremely tiring (we think each group walked between 9-13km over a 3 hour period).

 Over the next 3 days we completed a range of different T.V inspired activities - Hottest Home Baker, Masterchef, Survivor, Whose Line Is It Anyway, American Ninja Warrior, Minute to Win It, and Family Feud. Each activity was a lot of fun, and proved crucial to work together as a group, be creative and inventive. Each group successfully completed all the activities and it was amazing to see all the cooking efforts come together. The judges had a wonderful time tasting them all to determine a winner of each section. 

Thursday afternoon wrapped up our Stanley Olympics Competition with a Wall Ball Tournament, Skits Showcase and Prize Giving. After all the points had been tallied it was the Super Unicorns who came out the victorious winners, only 1 point ahead of the Spinner Winners.

Our fantastic week came to a finale with an amazing week away in Tauranga going to Rocktopia and a short walk around the Karangahake Gorge. Everyone had a blast tackling different rock climbing walls, giving the Leap of Faith a go, and braving the Vertical Slide. Unfortunately the rain came in over lunch and we were unable to walk around the Mount, instead changing the plans for a quick picnic (to finish off the Hottest Home Baker Slices) and a quick walk in the Gorge, on the way back over to school.



A huge thank you to all parents/caregivers who provided transport, guidance and support throughout our week. We also want to thank Mrs Moleni, Miss Malone, Lynn, and Kat for all their efforts and support throughout the week, we couldn't of done it without you. However our biggest thanks must go to Mrs Horan - we honestly wouldn't of had this week without you and we cannot thank you enough for your efforts.

We have had a great week and cannot wait for next years Stanley Olympics. Keep a look out in the coming weeks for a video from the Winter Olympics Team.

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