LIFE Shooters show their skills at contest
We have hit the ground running at the beginning of Term 4 with academic progress top of the list.
Our seniors only have a few weeks to go before they leave for their NCEA examination study leave, and their internal results are looking great. Our Gateway/ Work Experience programme, leading into vocational careers, has been hugely successful this year and we are very proud of the students who have moved into careers and apprenticeships.
The holidays were a very busy time for many of our students competing in various sports codes.
Our shooting team was one such group of students who found success in their chosen area.
The New Zealand Inter-Island Inter-Secondary School competition was held in Rangiora on October 28-29. Competing for the Dannevirke High School team was Boyd Lyford, Samantha Bradbury and Phil Bedingfield and accompanying them as coach and manager was Ruth McNair from the Dannevirke Smallbore Rifle Club (DSRC). The DSRC was successful in obtaining funding through the Infinity Foundation for the team’s travel, making this opportunity available to them.
The team were great ambassadors and put Dannevirke High School on the map by placing fifth in the teams competition, only one inner behind the fourth-placed team. This was a fantastic achievement as they were against much larger secondary schools in the country, many with a school roll of over 1000. All three Dannevirke shooters made the North Island team, which then shot against the South Island team in the inter-island match. The South Island team proved to be too strong taking out the competition.
However, the highlight of the weekend was Boyd Lyford achieving consistently high scores over the entire competition to make the New Zealand Secondary School team. This included a personal best score of 97.4. This team competes against the Great Britain secondary school team in a postal match. Results will be posted early next year as the English season is just about to start.
The outlook for Dannevirke High School in the next three to four years is looking really strong as there are a large number of shooters showing the same potential Samantha and Phil demonstrated at this event.
DHS shooting team shot well at the New Zealand Inter-Island InterSecondary School competition.