Derby is prac­ti­cal study

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

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.’’

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