We had a great start to our biannual trip to Nelson: a safe but wet journey through the inland route, with a number of stops to stretch our legs. As soon as we stepped off the bus we were greeted with a mihi whakatau and our students then met and left with their billets.
Sunny Nelson lived up to its name and we had a fantastic day participating in activities around the school, competing in team math and travelling to Rabbit Island where we participated in a number of outdoor games.
The day kicked off with Broadgreen presenting their Showcase: The highlights were the band, the kapa haka and the hip hop crew. After the interval we kicked off the sports competition with both schools presenting their haka. We then started with the first of our three trophy sports, the mixed competitive netball. CSKI outclassed their competition and had a convincing 36-0 win. We also competed in touch and volleyball, with mixed results. After lunch we participated in basketball, ki-o-rahi and korfball. Everyone that competed gave it their all which was great to see.
We again woke up to beautiful Nelson weather. Not a cloud to be seen. At first, South presented their Showcase, CSKI Airways. It was entertaining and full of some great performances. After interval we competed in the final sporting fixtures: competitive, football, basketball, korfball and hockey. Both the girls and boys football teams won 2-0 and 3-0 which was a first for us at Broadgreen. The hockey team travelled to Saxton Field where they had an impressive 2-0 win. The final two games were our other trophy sports, the girls and boys basketball. The atmosphere was buzzing, with a large crowd watching at both venues. The boys won 61-50 and the girls 31-10 which meant we won back the Sports Challenge Trophy after losing it in 2020 – well done South! In the afternoon we all went to the local pool where the kids could relax and have a bit of down time. The day finished with a very entertaining disco with the kids dressed up in retro/fluro. What a jam packed, fun-filled day.
We all meet at Broadgreen ready to listen to the debate. Both teams spoke well and after not winning the cup since 2014, the CSKI team presented a convincing argument on, ‘Why AI should be used in education’ and not surprisingly won! After the farewells and some tears we jumped on the bus and headed back to Christchurch, arriving just before 6pm. It was a fantastic trip and there will be a lot of great memories for all that experienced it.