Derby is practical study
Racers will take to the start line tomorrow to compete in Te Waotu School’s trolley derby.
About 80 children and their gocarts will compete in tomorrow’s event which begins at 11am.
Principal Bruce Darroch said the event was held many years ago but only involved a small group of children.
‘‘ The children were given the choice of building their carts from scratch,’’ he said.
‘‘Some built their with their family as a family project. Some bought or borrowed them.
‘‘There were no rules surrounding this,’’ he said. Some students have been perfecting their carts for more than a month with quite elaborate paint work.
The course is about 100 metres and has been carefully selected to ensure competitors are safe but is still exciting for everyone involved.
‘‘We are determined to keep our school curriculum real and authentic as well as fun for our students who are largely comprised of practical rural-based children.’’ Mr Darroch said. The trolley derby is learning in a real context he said. ‘‘Even for the children watching – they can write and read about back at school.’’