Principals Message Newsletter 4 - 22 March 2017 

Dear Parents/ Caregivers,

Adapted Sports Day

This Friday, we host the Adapted Sports Day for primary aged students with special needs from across the Auckland region.  This event was formerly known as Parasports and has been running for many years at our school. 
It is an amazing day!  From early in the morning vans with mobility equipment begin arriving and children in wheelchairs and on walking frames begin disembarking.  Other disabled students also arrive and each school finds a good spot to set up for the day on our fields.   Many choose to go across the field and set up in the shade but some stay close to the buildings to be near amenities. 

There is a formal opening and this year the event will be opened by Jesse Reynolds, an Olympic swimmer from the Para Olympics.  Then the races and competition begins.  There will be over a hundred competitors here; some for fun and others will be deadly serious.  They will strive to do their utmost and there will be scenes of jubilation when they do well and looks of disappointment when they don’t meet their own expectations.

This is a sporting event, just like any other sporting event, except that for many of the students movement and co-ordination can be challenging.  This is also why it is one of the most rewarding and inspirational days on our sporting calendar.  It is a fabulous day and I’m very much looking forward to it.

Mike O’Reilly              

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