A cross-country with x-factor
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.