School takes surf trip to Wellington
Children from Linden School got a chance to dip their toes in the sport of surfing recently, courtesy of Sport Wellington and the Kiwisport initiative.
Linden was one of six schools to send its students to Lyall Bay for a day in the sand and in the surf.
Principal Christine Brown said the school saw the ‘‘have a go’’ day as a fantastic opportunity to expose the students to a pastime they may not have experienced otherwise.
All of its Year 4 to Year 6 students attended the day of sun and surfing.
‘‘For some it was their first time surfing and some of them were naturals,’’ said Ms Brown.
‘‘The kids were very positive about it and they did some amazing writing about it, too.’’
Surfing New Zealand provided expert guidance as children spent the morning learning about beach and water safety before taking to their surfboards.
‘‘It was a fabulous day and it helped that the weather came to the party.’’
Kiwisport is a government funding initiative to support sport for school-aged children.
The programme aims to increase students’ participation in organised sport, improve access to sport and help develop skills at different levels for all kinds of sports.
Swell time: Linden School’s Miriama Parekura gets the hang of things
Balancing act: Year 4-6 students from Linden School were given the chance to hang 10 at Lyall Bay.