2023 Athletics Champions Achieve Three in a Row

The pathway for success started with athletics training sessions in Term 3, leading up to the Wairakei Primary School Athletics Day. For some, that day was about having fun and participating, while others had the goal of trying to qualify for the  Interschool Athletics competition to  help the schoo…

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From the school athletics day,  44 students earned a place in the team to represent Wairakei Primary School at the Interschool Athletics competition. Before students left school to compete, Mr Morehu spoke to them about making the most of their opportunity to represent the school. For Year 6s, this was their final opportunity, and for other students, a chance to step up to the next competition level. Winning the trophy for the third year in a row was on the minds of the students. Mr Morehu talked about working hard to earn that opportunity, and also spoke about being gracious in defeat.

At the end of the day with only the relays to go, the result was in the balance. Chants of ‘Let’s go Wairakei, let’s go!’ rang out around Owen Delany Park as the athletes and support crew cheered on the relay teams from the stands.

In nail biting finals, both the boys and girls teams crossed the finish line first to win the Interschool Athletics trophy once again. All Wairakei athletes and supporters were ecstatic at winning for  the third year in a row  making history.  Well done to all of the students that competed. You did yourselves and the school proud.

Thank you to all the teachers, staff, and parents who helped with athletics this term, and to the spectators who turned up to show their support. You really added to the atmosphere and gave students extra motivation to push themselves that little bit harder.  A special thank you needs to go out to Sue Maclean and the Taupo Athletics Club for your help, and to Juliet Harris from Double H2Go Water for keeping students hydrated during the school athletics event.

2024 Morehu

Paul Morehu

I am from Christchurch but moved to Taupō at the end of 2018. I am passionate about travelling with my most memorable trip being to Egypt. I also love keeping fit through sport, the gym and just getting out and exploring the outdoors.

I have been a qualified teacher working in New Zealand since 2013. Prior to that, I spent 8 years in Hong Kong working with Chinese children in primary schools.

I decided to pursue a career in teaching because I loved the idea of making a difference in the world by helping children learn and develop as people. It is rewarding to see the progress children make and to be a part of their learning journeys.


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