Wakatipu High School pupils started their new term of study
in a blaze of colours for hotly contested points on
Participation Day on Friday.
The day of parade marches and sport began with all 750 pupils
plus staff in their five houses performing their
well-rehearsed routines of steps, moves and chants in unison.
Principal Steve Hall, also one of the judges, said
Participation Day was essentially a sports day with house
culture incorporated. All pupils were encouraged to join in.
''The day builds house spirit and camaraderie among students
at the beginning of the year,'' Mr Hall said.
''House leaders prepared quite some time ago and the students
put in a lot of hard work.''
Points awarded by the judges made a ''substantial
contribution'' to the points needed to win the overall house
competition at the end of the year, he said.
James Beech captured some of the fun and colour of the day.