Exciting world cup assignment
With the Rugby League World Cup 2017 now under way, students of Our Lady Star of the Sea School in Howick are watching the competition closely.
Sixteen Year 5-6 pupils are going to walk out with some of the world’s top players at the tournament semi-final at Mt Smart Stadium on November 25.
They’re one of 14 primary and intermediate schools from around the country that have been chosen for the unique opportunity, and the only one from East Auckland.
Karen Noble-Campbell, the school’s designated teacher for the group of children, says she’s surprised at how many students are interested.
There were more than 60 entries and the teachers picked out the 16 by lucky draws.
When Year 6 boy Caelis Samuel and his younger brother Lyonidas learnt that both of them have the opportunity to walk out with a national team, they couldn’t help but dance to celebrate, as the two play rugby league.
‘‘That’s like one of my dreams - to walk out with some of the best players in the world,’’ Caelis says, adding that he’ll take the chance to ask the players how to do the steps and watch them playing intently to learn.
‘‘The [Brisbane] Broncos is my favourite team. My dream is to be in the Broncos.’’
Year 6 Kaylah Matano’s family is a big fan of the game and she’ll watch the competition with them on TV.
‘‘I feel so happy, and I expect a lot of excitement.’’
Year 5 Oscar Stewart says he feels ‘‘joyful’’ to be picked out.
‘‘I expect all the signatures, [meeting] the players and running out with them.’’
Keelan Morris, of Year 6, says he follows rugby league and rugby union games, and hopes to go into the changing rooms with the players.
‘‘I was a bit nervous at first, because we’ll walk out in front of so many people.’’
Being chosen is an honour for the school, Noble-Campbell says. She’s thankful to Maria Allan, a teacher aid who helped enter the school for selection.
‘‘It’s a great opportunity for them to follow their dream, and to walk out with the best, and be part of a scenario that is actually quite scary for a lot of people.’’
The Rugby League World Cup 2017 is played in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea until December 2. For more information, visit rlwc2017.com.
Our Lady Star of the Sea School students are going to walk out with players at the Rugby League World Cup.