Thursday 11 August 2011
Redcliffs class supports France
Students and teachers at Redcliffs primary school aren’t letting the fact that their school is damaged and that there
are no matches being held in Christchurch stop them from getting into the spirit of Rugby World Cup 2011.
Currently based at neighbouring Sumner primary school, Redcliffs is one of the first schools to take up the challenge
put to them by the Christchurch City Council and Classic Hits to ‘Adopt a Second Team’, with France their chosen country
Rose McInerny, year three teacher at Redcliffs, says they were inspired to adopt France because of its talented rugby
team and the awesome things to discover about the country.
“We’re learning about France at the moment – the people, the landmarks, the language and the food. We’re planning on
having a cultural day complete with French food and we may even make flags and uniforms too.
“We have quite a few boys who play rugby in our class and a lot of the children are extremely excited about Rugby World
Christchurch City Council Marketing Manager Richard Stokes says this competition, which will run during RWC 2011 from 9
September to 23 October, is a great way to involve children in the spirit of the Tournament and to encourage them to
learn about a different country at the same time.
“Classes can support another team by holding a themed day with food and costumes, decorate the classroom in the colours
from the adopted team’s country, invite speakers from that country or hold an opening ceremony event with all countries
“They can do whatever they like as long as they have some fun and feel connected to the rest of the country as we host
the biggest sporting event in our history.”
Education providers need to fill in the online registration form by Monday 22 August. They can then enter the
competition each week during RWC 2011 by sending in photos of their classrooms and activity to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A winning classroom will be picked by the Classic Hits team each week and will receive a gourmet in-class-breakfast. The
winning school will be named at the end of RWC 2011 and will receive breakfast for the entire school and a prize that
will be presented to the school by Jason Gunn and Dave Fitzgerald from Classic Hits.
All Christchurch schools (primary and intermediate) have been invited to ‘Adopt a Second Team’ and join in the
festivities of RWC 2011. For more information and educational materials for teachers, visit
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