On Tuesday 18 March, Mt Roskill Intermediate Tennyson Centre (formerly Special Education Unit) competed in the 1stSpecial Olympics event of 2014. This was for Athletics and was held at Mt Smart stadium in Penrose. There were approximately 400 students competing from various intermediate, college and special schools throughout Central and West Auckland. 

We had 23 students competing in various events. The events included 100m, 200m, 25m and 50m sprints, wheelchair races, walking races, shot put, turbo javelin and 4 x 100m relay races. Each student received a ribbon for their respective events. We entered 2 four by 100 metre relay teams who ran with lots of energy! The ribbon system is: Red-1st; Blue-2nd; Yellow-3rd; Sky Blue-4th; Peach-5th; Olive-6th; Purple-7th; Pink-Participant. The day was hot and fine and was enjoyed by all of the students who participated.

On behalf of our unit we would like to extend a huge thank you to those parents who attended and supported their children, helped out during the day or helped with transport! These events aren’t possible without the support of parent help, so thank you. I would also like to thank our staff for working so hard.

Bradley Healey

(Teacher Aide/Unit Sports & P.E. Coordinator)

Interschool Parasports 2014

The 20th Annual Interschool Parasports were held in the grounds of Mt Roskill Primary and Intermediate Schools on Friday 28 March. The event was officially opened by yachtsmen from Sailability, an organisation which provides sailing experiences for people with disabilities. It was attended by over 200 students with disabilities, from throughout the Auckland area. The participants were supported by buddies, parents, and caregivers.  Thanks go to Mr O’Reilly, Principal of Mt Roskill Primary School, for allowing the use of his school as a venue.
 
The smooth running of the event was as the result of careful planning by the committee from the Mt Roskill schools, and with the support of the wider schools’ staff and students. Special thanks go to Westpac Bank personnel who provided the sausages and staff for a sausage sizzle with proceeds helping to fund the sports. We also acknowledge and thank Rampworx, who every year provide portable aluminium ramps for the very popular wheelchair obstacle courses.
 
This is an annual event which takes place in March each year and is open to all primary aged students with special needs. The entire event was most successful.