The Mini Olympics



Two Year 9 classes from Taupo-nui-a-Tia College came to work with the Ohaaki Team for four teaching sessions. Our senior buddies taught our students physical education games and activities from different countries around the world.


This learning experience was concluded with the Ohaaki Team attending the Mini Olympic event at Taupo-nui-a-Tia College run by our senior student buddies. 


The Mini Olympics was a positive learning experience for the Ohaaki Team and our high school student buddies.  For the high school students, the Mini Olympics provided them with an opportunity for cooperative real life learning, problem-solving and reflection. For the Ohaaki students, the Mini Olympics provide an opportunity to cooperate as part of a group, learn new games and rules of fair play and good sportsmanship.  


The relationships that developed between the older and younger students was another positive outcome. 


Room 3 students completed recount writing to share their experience of the Mini Olympics. Here is Mila’s recount of the day.


The Mini Olympics By Mila

On Friday, the Ohaaki Team went to Taupo-nui-a-Tia College.  The Ohaaki Team did the Mini Olympics with the big kids because they are learning to be teachers.

Firstly, we went on a bus. When we got to Taupo-nui-a-Tia College all the Ohaaki teams sat in their colours. Then the big kids did a scary haka. It was loud.

Then we started our first game rotation. I liked playing rippa rugby.

After that, we had a lunch break under a tree.  But under the tree was glass, so we had to move into the sun or on the concrete in the shade.

When lunch was finished, it was the next round of games. I liked playing soccer.

At the end of the day we lined up in a big line and we got straight on the bus and drove back to Wairakei. Back at school, we had free time and an ice block.


The Mini Olympics By Mason

On Friday, the Wairakei Ohaaki Team went to Taupo-nui-a-Tia College to do the Mini Olympics. 

First the Ohaaki Team went on a bus.

Next we  got in our country group. 

Then the big kids did a haka while we ate brain break. 

After that we played games. My favourite game was ripa rugby.

Lunch was next. After lunch we played four more games.  

Finally we jumped back on the bus and zipped back to school.


Room 3 students also took the opportunity to write thank you letters to their senior buddies to thank them for the experience. 


Dear Joe

I am writing to thank you for participating in the Taupo Nui a tia Mini Olympics. I really appreciate that you used your time for us. Thank you so much for playing games with us like Rippa rugby

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