Well done to all teams who represented the school at Regional or National Championships last week. In total 86 students were involved at various tournaments. Girls Netball finished 12th at the Upper North Island Division 2. An outstanding achievement for such a young team. I know that the team had higher aspirations. I believe until you have had the experience playing in tough tournaments and bank that learning it is very hard to perform at your best and win all the tight games. What this group has learned and the development made over the year and certainly at UNISS is money in the bank for next year and the years beyond.
The Girls 1st XI Football worked hard and showed that there is continuing development with their top 20 finish at a higher level tournament than they have competed in before. Like premier netball, there is a good group developing who are capable of taking up the challenge of enhancing our standing at this level in future years.
Basketball girls performed beyond expectation, including their own with a top 4 finish in one of the 3 regional competitions for under 19 girls that took place. The camaraderie and support for one another that I witnessed during their third and fourth playoff game against Diocesan was a pleasure to see. Again with only one player leaving this squad, with further hard work they have much to look forward to.
The under 15 boys football finished 10th in the under 15 North Island Champs including beating Westlake Boys twice. This was a week of huge development for many of this group who were competing at this level of competition for the first time. Their energy, work rate and discipline as a unit was the foundation for finishing top ten.
The 1st XI finished top 12 in New Zealand. This was the first time in our school’s history that we had earned the right to have attended the premier tournament so qualifying for the top 16 and then finishing 12th is an excellent outcome and sets the benchmark for any future teams.
What I saw from the four teams I saw playing last week was a picture of unitedness based on good culture and support of each other, and a willingness to enhance the mana and brand image of the Kōtuku both with the performances on the pitch and the sportsmanship and behaviour off it. I was very proud of what I saw.
You will have created memories that can only be attained by challenging yourself outside the four walls of the classroom. In recent weeks our concert band at KBB will have experienced the exact same thing, and added to this was the outstanding performances that I saw from our dancers at TAPAC from year 9-13 inclusive.
Striving for personal excellence in areas of passion help you grow and develop as people, we learn when we participate and contribute and challenge ourselves at higher levels of competition and along the way recognise that a team requires everybody to be committed to the wider cause, 100%.
As players, band members etc. please remember to thank those who have packed your parachutes in sport and cultural activities this year.
My own thanks and appreciation to teachers, coaches and most importantly parents and whanau. I know from my own involvement the kick I get out of it is seeing the growth and development that you make as athletes and performers and most importantly as people. That’s why we do it.