Wellington East Girls College put learning into action

13 November 2019

As part of NCEA Level 2, 2.9 Achievement Standard, a PE class at Wellington East Girls College (WEGC) have put their learning into action by engaging with their wider community.

“Our aim was to provide a positive, fun and engaging experience for those students who don’t regularly participate in physical activity.” Hannah Berschinger, WEGC student said.  

“The WEGC Level 2 PE class organised the Wellington Central Zone Winter Festival Tournament for seven primary schools from around Wellington. The primary schools are part of the Central Zone cluster and included Clyde Quay, Brooklyn, St Bernard’s, Sacred Heart, Te Aro, Mount Cook and Thorndon Schools.

Our class was responsible for planning and implementing the tournament from scratch, with different roles and responsibilities including planning the draw and timetable, communicating with the primary schools, creating safety plans, prizes/certificates and equipment lists.

This event took place on Friday 28th of June at the ASB Sports Centre and was a huge success with over 350 primary students attending on the day. They engaged with their leaders and participated with enthusiasm in the games we lead.” Hannah went on to say.

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The event has been running for over 10 years in various iterations with WEGC being involved for the past three. Initially it was run at the Junglerama indoor facility with only netball, basketball and cricket on offer and with some assistance by New Zealand Institute of Sport (NZIS). Over the years Sacred Heart and Rongotai Colleges have helped.

Fast forward a few years, Clyde Quay School and WEGC were involved together for coaching, saw a connection and developed the event as it is today.

To meet their achievement standard, these young women not only coach but run the entire event from beginning to end. The identified and agreed purpose of the event is get non-participants involved. This is a “Have a go event” where the girls are in charge of the whole event, planning and implementing.  They are also in charge of creating a game to run with the groups.

So what does 2020 look like for this WEGC and the schools they support?

Recently Jamie Leith (KiwiSport Advisor) and Tim Mannix (Coaching Advisor) from Sport Wellington met with staff from WEGC to explore ways of supporting these young coaches.

To assist with the girl’s delivery of the Term 2 2020 festival, planning is underway to schedule some learning sessions to further develop the coaching skills of the students.

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Katie McQuaid (Year 12 PE teacher WEGC) also indicated they will  look to run some in-school physical activity games after the festival to provide further opportunities to some targeted schools – “we will again look to support the coaches with planning, designing and reviewing what they do.”

To find out more about this partnership or if you can offer support to help make this festival sustainable, contact Katie on katie.mcquaid@wegc.school.nz

Thanks to Hannah Bertschinger (student) who contributed to this article and Katie McQuaid – (teacher) for the photos.

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