History lesson, amazing journey
The Amazing Race hit Invercargill yesterday with 130 eager contestants racing through the city's streets and even into the mayor's office searching for clues.
The award-winning reality television show hadn't hit town but it was the next best thing - a throng of excited kids and helpful parents from St Patrick's School on a big adventure.
Borrowing the premise of the TV show, where contestants find clues and race to all parts of the globe, the young pupils raced around Invercargill discovering clues to the city's cultural history.
Assistant principal Tom Wallis said groups of four or five pupils had to uncover famous and hidden landmarks that told the story of Invercargill's cultural heritage.
The "mammoth task" was part of the school's first term inquiry topic, Mr Wallis said.
"Teachers will incorporate the real-life landmarks into lessons about cultural diversity in Invercargill and Southland."
There were 24 landmarks and statues to tick off and a series of bonus tasks, including having a photo taken with Mayor Tim Shadbolt. The mayor's assistant, Rachel Christensen, said a lot of young constituents were eager for a photo with the mayor.
The mayor was very busy but a few lucky teams got the bonus points, she said.
After nearly five hours of racing, the teams finished at the pit stop for the day - the rotunda in Queens Park. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Southland Times