A cross-coun­try with x-fac­tor

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Holy Fam­ily School gave its an­nual cross-coun­try race a new twist this year - and the kids loved the added splash of colour.

Stu­dents at Holy Fam­ily School in Can­nons Creek were full of smiles as the standard cross coun­try event was flipped on its head to in­clude wa­ter­guns, coloured dye and wa­ter bal­loons in May.

Dubbed the ‘‘Hei hei run’’, the event was an at­tempt by staff to bring some ex­cite­ment and in­ter­est to the an­nual cross coun­try event.

De­spite the school hav­ing a reg­u­lar run­ning club, the an­nual cross coun­try was not pop­u­lar with the ma­jor­ity of stu­dents.

Head of Sport, Fisiena Lupo-Samoa, saw the need for a change for the Holy Fam­ily stu­dents, of which more than 90 per cent have Maori and Pa­cific Is­land her­itages.

‘‘Our ... Run Club takes part in re­gional run­ning events, but we of­ten note that the

‘‘We are keen to get our young Pa­cific stars fit and healthy and help them to en­joy run­ning.’’

amount of par­tic­i­pants with Maori and Pa­cific her­itages is very low so we are keen to get our young Pa­cific stars fit and healthy and help them to en­joy run­ning.’’

Lupo-Samoa said that the stu­dents didn’t typ­i­cally en­joy the an­nual cross coun­try.

‘‘Teach­ers and sup­port staff just threw some ideas around about what sort of event we would like to par­tic­i­pate in our­selves,’’ she said.

‘‘It was easy when we thought about it from our stu­dents’ per­spec­tive.’’

Lupo-Samoa, a con­fessed non-run­ner, was keen to point out the par­al­lels be­tween the event and lo­cal fun-runs gain­ing more pop­u­lar­ity, in par­tic­u­lar the Colour run and the Mud run.

The event was well at­tended by the com­mu­nity, and par­ents were able to have a go at the fun run with their own chil­dren too.

‘‘It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence, our kids loved it, our par­ents en­joyed the day too and en­joyed watch­ing their chil­dren have so much fun.’’

The run’s change in style went down well with the kids at Holy Fam­ily School.

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