“We thought it was a good idea to spend the money on sports equipment for the school as we love sports. It offers younger children the opportunity to be more involved in physical activity and it lets them have more fun at lunchtime” – Ella and Anja
Four ACG Tauranga students have donated their prize money from a race to buy sports equipment for students to use at lunchtimes.
Ruby McSweeney (Year 11), Lily McSweeney (Year 10), Ella McSweeney (Year 8) and Anja Crombie (Year 8) placed second in the 4 x 3,200m Red Stag Redwoods Forest Relay in September. They also won the School Youth Team Spot Prize of $250.
“To place second was quite exciting and we are proud especially because it was an under-19 girls relay race,” Ella and Anja said.
They opted to put the money, which recognised the participation of younger athletes in the event, towards sports equipment for the school’s new gear shed.
“We thought it was a good idea to spend the money on sports equipment for the school as we love sports. It offers younger children the opportunity to be more involved in physical activity and it lets them have more fun at lunchtime,” they said.
The new gear shed, containing equipment for cricket, rugby, soccer and basketball, as well as items like vortexes, gutterboards, and hula hoops, is now open every Friday at lunchtime.
Student leaders in Years 6, 8 and 10 are managing the signing in and out of gear – a great way to develop leadership and responsibility, said principal Thea Kilian.
“As well as getting kids outside and into sports at lunchtime, the gear shed is a great way to remind our students that when given a privilege such as this, we have a responsibility to take care of what we have been given in a positive and inclusive manner. I am extremely proud of the manner the students have taken this onboard,” she said.
“When the girls suggested donating their prize money to equipment, we got behind them as a staff. What a fantastic project to support. “
Thank you, girls!