Thursday lunchtime has proven to be very popular with ball sports. In Term 1 we have three Thursday lunchtime sports, namely Tennis with Mrs Aiono, Table Tennis with Matthew Ball from Table Tennis Manawatu in the cafeteria, and Shuttle Time Badminton in the gym with the coach and former student, Joshua Curry from Badminton Manawatu.

Shuttle Time is the Badminton World Federation’s Schools/Clubs Badminton Programme launched in 2012. Shuttle Time has been incredibly well received right around the world, currently implemented in over 100 nations across all continental confederations.

The Shuttle Time Programme is designed for children:

  • Of all ages and abilities to be successful in developing badminton skills
  • To learn basic badminton skills through the activities in the lessons and
  • To develop physical skills while learning badminton through the activities in Shuttle Time

The second component of the Shuttle Time programme is based around educating and developing more adults to deliver it in a school/club or association setting. In Term 2 Josh will also be offering a special professional development session to LAC teachers.

Our students have enjoyed participating and learning new skills, and we have also had renewed interest from students to participate in the secondary school competitions run by Badminton Manawatu at the Arena. Our Term 2 coach and experienced team manager is Mrs Henry. A team consists of four students, and playtime normally runs on a Monday from 3.30pm – 5.30pm. Secondary students can still register their interest to play:

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