Haka for Sport Relief

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Haka for Sport Relief

08 October 2014

Our Sport students did their bit for Sport Relief this week when they held a group ‘Haka’ in the Sports Hall. They taught a large number of other students and staff how to do the traditional Maori dance made famous by the New Zealand Rugby team. They then had a 'Haka Off' to find the best group performance before everyone came together to perform a whole group Haka.

Our Art & Design students helped the participants to get into the mood for the event by painting them with traditional Maori tattoos to ensure they looked the part.

Sport tutor Stuart Carrington was delighted with the outcome of the event:

“We wanted to do something for Sport Relief and the students have learnt the Haka as part of their studies into learning about psychologically psyching yourself up before a big competition or battle, and we thought we could combine the two.”

“I was really proud of how the event turned out and it was great to see so many staff and students getting involved in a fun and vibrant activity to support a great cause. It was also a great example to the Sport students of how they can apply what they are learning on their course to other areas such as events organisation and community projects. A massive thanks must also go to the Art students as their face painting really helped get everyone into the spirit of things.”


Principal Campbell Christie CBE took part in the event and was impressed with the atmosphere it created within the college:

“You can see the buzz about the place that this has created. Our Sport department came up with a good idea – the Haka before a rugby match is such a powerful display and to bring that into our college is great. It’s a fun event for the college whilst raising money for Charity.”

The event was filmed by former student Connor Sharod-Southam who previously helped to produce the college’s ‘What is Work Ready DVD’.

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