Kiwi pupils visit Academy

One of the New Zealand visitors in the classroom.
One of the New Zealand visitors in the classroom.

Skegness Academy welcomed a group of eight New Zealand boys recently as part of a link up with the Kiwi nation’s All Sports Academy.

The eight visitors popped into the Academy as part of a five day stay in Skegness during a tour of Europe.

The New Zealand visitors are welcomed to the Academy.

The New Zealand visitors are welcomed to the Academy.

The boys spent the day at the Academy to gain an insight into what it is like to be a pupil in the UK.

Ian Corns, principal of Skegness Academy, said: “The Academy was simply buzzing over the arrival of the boys and the pupils couldn’t wait to see the Haka”.

Mike Henry, director of the New Zealand All Sports Academy, said: “We really appreciate all the effort the Academy put into making our visit a very special one.”

During their visit the boys were fully integrated into traditional lessons at Skegness Academy - including English, maths, art, construction and French.

The boys show off the Haka during their visit to the Academy.

The boys show off the Haka during their visit to the Academy.

The latter of which was expected to be especially useful for the New Zealand visitors, as they were off to France as well during their tour.

The youngsters also demonstrated two different Haka performances for the Academy’s Year Seven pupils, before taking part in the Academy’s first rugby festival.

This saw the eight boys compete against pupils from the Academy.

Jamie Kilner, Director of Sport for the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust, which sponsors Skegness Academy, said: “The advantages of rugby union go far beyond fitness and enjoyment.

“This sport can benefit the Academy in many ways and so we hope that this visit and the festival will encourage more of our pupils to take an interest in rugby.”