44th South - Broadgreen Exchange

Published on Friday, 28 September 2018, 2:04 p.m. Print Article

Term 3 has drawn to a close celebrating our 44th exchange with Broadgreen Intermediate. The 90 students from Broadgreen arrived on Sunday and spent 4 days with us before heading home on Thursday. A huge thank you to all the families who hosted a student from Broadgreen in your homes. The exchange is completely dependent on the generosity of host families.

Following the mihi whakatau on Monday morning and a performance from our Kapa Haka group, Te Ropu Hari Koa, the Broadgreen students and their South hosts enjoyed getting to know each other better while ten pin bowling. During Monday afternoon competitive and social basketball and volleyball was played.

Tuesday started with a performance assembly from Broadgreen which was thoroughly entertaining. Following a rotation of activities facilitated by our specialist teachers the rest of the day was set aside for sport with rugby, netball, hockey, korfball and ki-o-rahi being played.

The Wednesday programme began with a performance assembly from the South students with a variety of music, dance and drama on show. The South Pasifika Group, which started again this year after a break of a few years, performed for the first time and were a real hit. The rest of the morning was set aside for sport with hockey, touch rugby, netball and ki-o-rahi being played.

Going into the exchange South were the holders of the Sports Challenge Trophy and were keen to defend it. The travelling school get to select three sports to compete in for the trophy. This year Broadgreen chose boys' football, girls' hockey and boys' hockey. Our boys won the football 6-0 and the hockey 4-0. The girls hockey lost a close encounter 2-0. That was enough to retain the trophy.

By Wednesday evening the students were excitedly looking forward to the disco. After two hours of dancing, photo boothing, socialising and gummy snake eating the fun filled evening was over and everyone went home exhausted but looking forward to the final assembly and debate. 

Thursday's final gathering saw Broadgreen win a very closely scored debate to retain the Debating Trophy. We were entertained by theatre sports from a combined group of talented South and Broadgreen students before the exchange concluded with farewell speeches and the viewing of a couple of video reflections.

And so the 44th South Broadgreen Exchange was over. Another very successful event in which friendships were made and experiences will be remembered forever. Once again a huge thanks to host families, the Broadgreen and South staff (very capably led by Jimaya Te Rangi) and the students from both schools.