On Wednesday 15 of June 2011 Richie McCaw came to Pukeokahu school. That’s right Richie McCaw came to Pukeokahu school. Yea, that’s right the Amazing Richie McCaw came to ten children at Pukeokahu school. Aha Richie McCaw amazing, famous rugby player, Captain of the All Blacks No.1 team in New Zealand star of the Crusaders came to astonishing, awesome, small district, everybody knows everybody, two class roomed, tiny ten pupiled Pukeokahu School. Aw, come on I didn’t mean to brag or anything but:
There was a lot of entertaining to be done I mean we didn’t want the All Blacks captain and Crusaders super star thinking that the awsomest school in the world was boring, if you know what I mean. I’ll tell you everything that happened and I’ll try not to leave out any little details, ok?
This might take a while so sit back in your favourite chair start sipping your favourite drink (if your allowed) and don’t forget to grab a snack to eat while you read the story about what Pukeokahu School did when Richie McCaw came to school.
First there was a baking challenge. There were four teams; Jonny, Papa and I in one team, Richie, Marama, Tiana and Micah in another. Peita, Lochy and Logan and last but not least The TV3 Reporter, Millie and Tristin. We had our tables all set up and ready to go, each table had their own identical recipe. Each team had to serve up their three best pikelets. The competition was judged by texture, if they were cooked properly (springiness) and flavour. The final call was set. “Ready, steady, Cook!”. The teams frantically ran back and forwards- all about the tables, mixing, beating, sorting, cooking and finally preparing their dishes. The finishing touch was adding butter and jam to the top.
I think there were some pretty intelligent teams. Each team was very, very competitive- no one wanted to lose. It was called- “The winning team is Richie, Tiana and Micah. I was devastated, I thought it was almost impossible to have two five year olds and a thirty year old rugby player, together in a team actually win a bake off. I mean two five year olds and a thirty year old in a cooking team? This I thought would be disastrous. Seriously! actually unbelievably impossible, COME ON!!!! Ok, ok I suppose I should move on now.
The chop off was next. You had to have strength and power, well not really you just had to chop lots of wood. Whoever chopped the smallest amount was out. it was a mans job to do the wood chopping. From the crowd five handsome, young and hard working men were chosen. They were Clifford, Guy, Rodger, Richie and the helicopter pilot. The first wood they had to split was poplar. It was softer and just a warm up. Everybody stood back to watch the five men chop wood. For a starter the five men were given five hits each on the own piece of wood. The starting call was called. “Ready, Steady, Chop!”, Andy shouted. The count down was started. “One”, there was a lot of cheering for each and every one of the men. “Two, Three”, “Go Richie!” “Go Clifford!” “Go Dad!” “Four, five- stop!”. There was silence in the crowd. One person was eliminated. “Looks like the Chopper pilot is out”. Next gone was Guy. It was down to Richie, Rodger and Clifford. They had one minute to chop the gum into as smaller pieces as they possibly could. “Ready, steady, CHOP!!!”.
Next here was tug-of-war as one of the activities. The first two teams were Richie McCaw v.s the ten pupils in Pukeokahu School. The rope was put into its place on the ground, Marama went into the middle held on the rope and called out:” Ready? Set? TUG!” she let go of the rope and both teams tugged as hard as they could Richie slipped Pukeokahu School tugged the towel tied to the middle was so close to going over the line Richie fought back pulling and tugging the teams were tiering but they still fought to win the tugging challenge the teams were heaving. The rope went from one side to the other. The towel went over one of the spray painted lines, everyone stopped pulling. The two teams were puffing and huffing. The winning team was called out by Marama the Principal of Pukeokahu School. ”The winning team is Pukeokahu school!” Shouted Marama. ”YA!” yelled the pupils of Pukeokahu school.
The next draw in the tug-of-war was the ten Pukeokahu kids with Richie v.s The awesome caring parents of Pukeokahu. (The awesome caring parents of Pukeokahu were also very cunning and were a challenge for Pukeokahu School and Richie.) The rope was put into place on the rugby field on the middle spray painted line the towel that was tied to the rope was sat down on it. Marama talked to Geoff one of the parents that was not able to compete in the competition/ also my dad. Geoff came to the middle of the rope instead of Marama because she was competing Geoff held the towel in the middle of the rope. “Are you ready?Set? TUG!”
Both the teams tugged and pulled. But one last pull from the parents was enough to send Richie and the Pukeokahu kids flying. The Pukeokahu kids lost all their grip on the rope and the ground including Richie the flag ran swiftly along the line and over to the parents. We did try to pull it back but we were to late it already went over the line to the parents it was called. “Parents won!” Called out Geoff.
The next teams were Richie McCaw Puke kids and Taoroa V.S Moawhango. (Moawhango helped Pukeokahu school fundraise for the Pamerston North Westpack chopper.) Marama went to the middle. “Ready, steady, tug she screamed. Both teams tugged, the flag went one way then the other. The teams huffed and puffed, heaved and hauled, until only one team could have won. “Richie, Pukeokahu and Taoroa win”, yelled Marama. The teams shook hands and with that the tug of war was over.
The last thing we did was a challenge for two so it was up to Jonny, one of the Pukeokahu school students, against Richie, the 31 year old V.S the 12 year old, to win the world title of …..
In this challenge both Richie and Jonny had to secure a seat into a kayak. That meant drills and screws but of course Jonny had some practice. anyway, the two didn’t wast anytime when they were told to start they started straight away. Richie didn’t play fair though he hid the screws so Jonny couldn’t find them but when he did find them he was on a roll. Of course it was Jonny who won. We went for helicopter rides and the day was over it was really fun to have Richie come to school.
Thanks for coming Richie!!!!!!!