House-proud students embrace school haka

Last updated 12:00 22/02/2014

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Nayland College had its annual house day yesterday, where the whole school was involved in physical and creative challenges.

The school was divided into four houses, where they took part in activities labelled pool play, giant sand sculptures, aerial art, form room decorating and the haka.

It was the launch of the new Nayland haka, taught to the students by their newly elected leaders. Each house performed the haka at the end of the day.

Principal Rex Smith said the day went "very well" and was pleased all students were involved. He said the school was fairly new to the house system but the whole student body seemed to enjoy the day.

"The new haka is relevant and has connections to Nayland, we can build on it over the next few years. Talking to staff members there was some reluctance and anxiety at the start of the practices, but by the end everyone was involved," Mr Smith said.

He was particularly impressed with the sand sculptures and said the winning group made a lounge suite.

He said it was an "awesome" day.

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- The Nelson Mail

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