School takes surf trip to Welling­ton

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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.

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