Small school triumphs in contest

St Bede’s College, Christchurch, pupils Thomas Whiting (left) and Griff Westwood won top honours...
St Bede’s College, Christchurch, pupils Thomas Whiting (left) and Griff Westwood won top honours in the New Zealand Young Farmers Tasman region junior young farmers competition.PHOTO: NEW ZEALAND YOUNG FARMERS
Christchurch Girls’ High School pupils Erin Humm (16, left) and Amelia Ridgen (16) test their...
Christchurch Girls’ High School pupils Erin Humm (16, left) and Amelia Ridgen (16) test their knowledge of cheese, grass and farm implements during the Tasman region junior young farmers competition.PHOTO: DAVID HILL
North Loburn School’s ‘‘Karetu Kids’’ team of John Lundy (left), Cate Ambury and Ryan Herlihy...
North Loburn School’s ‘‘Karetu Kids’’ team of John Lundy (left), Cate Ambury and Ryan Herlihy came out on top in the New Zealand Young Farmers Tasman region agrikids competition. PHOTO: NEW ZEALAND YOUNG FARMERS
Waikari School’s ‘‘Kool Keas’’ team of Harry Glasson (left), Finn Fricker and Jack Philp placed...
Waikari School’s ‘‘Kool Keas’’ team of Harry Glasson (left), Finn Fricker and Jack Philp placed second in the Tasman region junior young farmers competition. PHOTO: NEW ZEALAND YOUNG FARMERS
Waikari School’s ‘‘Klassic Keas’’ team of Jamie Oberholzer (left), Keygan Philp and Skyla Rata...
Waikari School’s ‘‘Klassic Keas’’ team of Jamie Oberholzer (left), Keygan Philp and Skyla Rata-Smith. PHOTO: NEW ZEALAND YOUNG FARMERS

A small North Canterbury school has exceeded its expectations in the Young Farmers agrikids competition.

Waikari School, which has just 37 pupils, entered three teams in the event when it competed for the first time at the Malvern A&P Show at Sheffield on March 27.

All three teams made the final seven for the race-off, with Kool Keas and Klassic Keas finishing second and third to qualify for the national agrikids final, which coincides with the 2021 FMG Young Farmer of the Year grand final in Christchurch in July.

Its other team, Krazy Keas, was seventh.

"We never even thought we would place in the top seven. We just thought we would go along and give it go," Waikari School office administrator Caryn Hunt said.

Kool Keas team member Finn Fricker was named "agrikid of the day".

The final was won by Karetu Kids from North Loburn School.

Principal Darren Ward was proud of his pupils’ achievement.

"They’re very excited. It’s been a couple of years since we’ve been in the nationals, but we certainly punch above our weight in the competition."

Places in the teams were highly sought-after among the years 7-8 class, he said.

Tasks included changing quad bike tyres, naming agricultural plants and managing the heath and safety aspects of a diesel tank leak.

Other rural modules challenged their knowledge of seasons, animal health and agricultural plants.

A St Bede's College team, SBC Red, of Thomas Whiting and Griff Westwood won the junior young farmers final (previously called TeenAg).

Joining them in the national final will be a Christchurch Girls' High School pairing of Erin Humm and Amelia Ridgen.

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