Extra – Curricular Activities in the Primary.
The Primary school has been playing and enjoying the Maori game, ki-o-rahi, for the past three years, with great success in many tournaments entered. In 2011 Tauraroa Area School became Northland Primary champions by winning a tournament in Kaikohe, and were runners-up in 2012, losing narrowly in the final. Tauraroa Area School has hosted its own ki-o-rahi tournament for the last two years winning both events in 2011 and 2012. This sport is a hugely entertaining and athletic game which incorporates facets of rippa rugby and netball, and requires high skill levels. The game has been added to the House Competition and students of all ages from Year 5-13 play in this lunchtime event.
Tauraroa Area School rippa rugby teams have built quite a reputation for excellence over the past 5 years. Regular winners of rippa rugby tournaments held at Tikipunga in Whangarei, Tauraroa Area School has won its way through to the Northland Primary Schools Finals three times in the past five years. In 2012 Tauraroa Area School held its inaugural Rippa Rugby Tournament inviting local schools from Maungakaramea, Maunagatapere, Whangarei and Tangiteroria. Whau Valley Primary, National Champiions in 2011, beat TAS narrowly in the “A” league final, whilst TAS “B” team reversed this result by beating Whau Valley in that Final.
Many of our Primary students play weekend hockey for the District team, and this year TAS held its first hockey tournament inviting local teams from Maungakaramea, Waipu and Ruakaka. This emanated from a series of coaching sessions led by Hockey Northland, where the basic skills of hockey were taught to students from Years 1 – 8. All students enjoyed a positive, competitive day of hockey and we hope to run this tournament again next year.
Primary students have been fortunate enough to receive high quality coaching from Northland Football, Northland Cricket and Northland Rugby over the past few years. Students have also participated in other sporting opportunities like “Surfing at Sandy Bay”, Golf at the Pines Golf Club and athletics days at Kensington Stadium in Whangarei.