On­track suc­cess at Porirua Col­lege

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A group of Porirua Col­lege stu­dents have reaped the ben­e­fit of a part­ner­ship be­tween their school and Ig­nite Sport.

In 2010, the col­lege con­tacted Ig­nite Sport for help with year 10s who needed di­rec­tion.

Though school was not easy for the stu­dents, they loved rugby.

From this, the On­track Sports Academy was born, with all stu­dents suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing the first pro­gramme.

Dur­ing the sec­ond year of the pro­gramme, stu­dents learnt about lead­er­ship in sport.

In their fi­nal year at school, they men­tored ju­nior stu­dents and in a com­mu­nity lead­er­ship role taught Bran­don In­ter­me­di­ate pupils a new sport.

Some stu­dents were made pre­fects and one was named as deputy head boy.

Or­gan­is­ers said the fu­ture was more pos­i­tive af­ter the pro­gramme with most of the stu­dents achiev­ing NCEA level 3 and Uni­ver­sity En­trance.

For the first time in 24 years, Porirua Col­lege’s 1st XV played in the col­lege sport pre­mier grade, and much of the team was made up of stu­dents of the On­track pro­gramme.

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