Amazing Race through village

With a keen eye for clues, Western Bay of Plenty primary schools have put their unique spin on a hugely popular TV show in record numbers this morning.

Around 42 teams tested their problem solving, navigational and team building skills in the Western Bay Inter-school Amazing Race around The Historic Village, at 17th Avenue in Tauranga.

Primary school pupils take part in the inter-school Amazing Race at Historic Village. Photos: Tracy Hardy.

The day, run in conjunction with Sport Bay of Plenty, is a way to install team building skills.

Sport Bay of Plenty’s event coordinator Hayley Kerrison is blown away by the record number of entries in what is the event’s sixth edition.

This year’s event saw 42 teams across the two divisions – Years 5 and 6 and Years 7 and 8 – from schools from as far as Otamarakau and Waihi Beach, along with a small number of Rotorua sides.

“We have 27 schools,” says Hayley, “which is the most we have ever had. We even have one from Matakana Island.”

Past venues have included Te Puna Quarry Park, Tauranga Domain and Mount Maunganui Beach.

To begin, pupils are given a passport loaded with questions about different features of the village.

From there they must answer questions, solve problems, take photos and return to a checkpoint within a certain time.

One of the activities involves a three-part relay race of a sack race, egg and spoon race and three-legged race.

Hayley says the aim of the day is all about team work and to learn about The Historic Village at the same time.

“For a lot of the clues today they have stopped, worked together and had a good look around,” she adds.

“Not many have been to The Historic Village so it’s about the history of the village and its shop tenants.”

At the end of the event an overall winner is awarded and spot prizes are handed out.


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