We are so lucky to have parents (and younger siblings - thanks Lewis) who are game to jump in and help out in the garden. This past Wednesday we had a fantastic turnout for the Garden Gang's first gathering. We managed to make a huge dent in the weeds - well done team! What we did find out, is that the Waikino garden is a very fertile place - the soil is jam packed with huge, fat worms. No wonder the weeds have grown so well! If you ever have a bit of time to spare, come and join us - it's a great way to catch up or get to know each other better.
This season The Waikino Celts made us all super proud. So what is all the hype about? Well, it’s a bit like David and Goliath… let’s start at the beginning:
The Celts entered the Waihi Year 5 & 6 soccer tournament with a team consisting of mostly Year 4 and 5 players (which included every single Year 4-6 boy in the school). Some of the team members had never even played a single game of soccer before and we were the smallest school in the tournament. Some schools even entered 1st and 2nd teams, and we often played against predominantly Year 6 teams.
But the Waikino Celts pitched up with passion, with heart, with soul. We pitched up with a coach who believed in every single player, and who never doubted the team’s potential – you are awesome, Mr B! We also pitched up with an assistant coach who raised the skill levels and ranks right up there with the best of the best – thanks AJ! As you may have heard, the Celts pitched up with the best & loudest group of fans & supporters who faithfully spent their Friday afternoons on the side line. Most importantly, they pitched up with a team who loved being there and who loved playing soccer together.
The team put in lots of hard work and practice. Their progress over the duration of the season was phenomenal – and towards the end they made for a feared and formidable opponent – even to the top teams.
Thanks to Noah, our year 6 player – we will miss you next year. And watch out world – the Celts are going to be unstoppable next year! The Celts celebrated their successful season with a pizza lunch at the Falls Retreat – thanks to Brad & Emma.
Iain wrote this piece about his season as a Celt for his Kauri Award:
“Kauri award challenge: Compete in a sport for an entire season
This year I competed in the Waihi yr 5-6 soccer. I played in the Waikino Celts team. During my “career” I scored 2 goals and saved at least 4 or 5. We won most of our matches (which, of course, is good) and lost only about four. My role in the team was midfield/striker. Our average score was us 2 the other team 0.
Our humble goalie Ace is the best goalie I’ve ever known. Noah is so fast that if you manage to get the ball off him you will be watching a green flash shoot past you and the ball you have will be slipping from your feet in seconds. Elliott is no different and he is the best ever dribbler. Hamish is amazing when it comes to long distance passing. Jacob makes an awesome ball-stopper. Sky is too agile to trick. Matthew is always there to help you when you think all hope is lost. Kyle has to be the best scorer ever, along with Ciara, who, despite being a girl, has to be one of the top players ever. Angus is a brilliant backup goalie when Ace has had too much. I… well, I think I’m really good when it comes to catching enemy throw-ins.”
Join us as we celebrate our older netball players - Casey Davies tells us more about the Year 3-4 team's successful season.
This year saw a first, for both the Waihi Netball Association and Waikino School, as the Year 3-4's participated in 5 a side version of Netball. The aim is to build on the skills they learnt last year while introducing different positions, such as attack, defend and centre. Like with the Year 1-2 teams, there is a focus on fun and encouraging star helpers to continue supporting the players during the game. As the players continue to move through the different levels of the ANZ Future Ferns, they are given the opportunity to embed the basic skills of passing, catching, movement, stable base position, defending and shooting.
Our team consisted of Zara, Erana, Lasini, Shavarn, Skye, Asha, Lachie, Lucy and Sianna. Although half our team hadn’t played netball before they quickly began to find their strengths and gain confidence in themselves - from those that mastered the art of shadowing and reading players to our point scorers and those that enjoyed connecting the two ends of the court continually running back and forth. The team where given skills, support and space to grow as individual players and together in partnership with each other. Their progress as a team was noted and I look forward to working with them again next year.
A massive thank you to the parents who show up every week, your commitment and support is appreciative. Thank you to Grace for her work on court supporting the players.
Casey Davies coordinated our netball teams this year and here she celebrates the achievements of our youngest players, the Junior Future Ferns:
Over the past two years, the Waihi Netball Association has been rolling out the ANZ Future Ferns program. This year saw Waikino have a Year 1-2 team for the second year running. It is an ideal starting point for our young players. The emphasis is on gaining skills such as passing, catching, landing with a stable base position, pivoting and shooting goals with the hands above their head. There is an element of fun running through the program with the aim of students gaining skills and knowledge while building a love of the sport. The games are 4 a side, with less rules. This allows the star helpers to support and guide the players thoughout the game.
As I flittered between teams on a Saturday morning, Julia, Ms P and Grace were all a fantastic support to our new players. Encouraging them to participate, move around the court and teach them new skills. The confidence of our youngest players increased and they are now more familiar with the sport of netball. The majority of the team were Year 1 (or younger) so next year will be a time for them to master the 4 a side game before taking the next step the following year. It will be great to see Byron, Nicolas, Narissa and Lexie leading our team next year with April hopefully joining our Year 3-4 team.
Thank you Casey, Julia, Ms P and Grace for all your time and effort and for the passion with which you were involved!
Kiwi kids are a tough bunch – and playing soccer with bare feet and frozen toes is one way of proving that point! Our junior soccer champions played 2 matches every Tuesday afternoon at Waihi Beach School during Term 2. No amount of rain, drizzle, mud or wind stopped them from getting out on the pitch and having fun.
Our Year 1 & 2 students joined up with Central School to form a team, and by the end of the season it was great to see their improved skills and confidence. Whilst it was fun to make new friends and play soccer together, our tamariki also learnt that soccer is a hard game: a ball in the face; a kick on the leg; a slip in the mud and as always… frozen toes! This didn’t get them down though, our players quickly learnt to be resilient and keep going. Coach AJ was always on hand to cheer the team along and give encouragement and advice - it’s great to see our parents actively involved – thank you AJ. Ka pai Charlie, Jak, Kaiah, Dougie, Byron and April. We think you did really well and we are very proud of you.
Our Year 3 students joined up with students from Waihi Beach to form the “Waikino Beach” team. A big shout out to the coach Ms P, who substituted players on and off, encouraged the team and was always ready with a big bag of oranges at half time! On this level things got a bit more serious and we saw some amazing soccer every week. Erana has developed into a great defender and diligently protected our goal. Lucy is becoming a formidable player – fast, committed and with definite potential as a striker. Stuart makes a mean goal keeper, and plays a fearless game in the midfield. He might just get the prize for eating the most oranges too…
What a fantastic season, it is great to have the opportunity to celebrate our Junior Soccer Teams. Thank you to our parents for getting the players to Waihi Beach every week and for being on the side line supporting and encouraging the children, rain or shine!