Wallabies head for Warialda

October 27, 2010

Warialda High wins first prize in National rugby competition
Warialda High School has claimed first prize in the 2010 Walla rugby week competition and has claimed the prestige of being named the best entry in the nation- wide promotion.

Australian Rugby Union, in partnership with Suncorp and Panasonic, invited schools around Australia to get involved in the Suncorp Bank Walla Rugby Week in 2010. The week was held leading up to a Qantas Wallabies v All Blacks Bledisloe Cup clash (the Melbourne match). This year over 20,000 Australian students took part in the competition.

As a result of the win, Warialda High will be visited by Wallabies coach Robbie Deans and some current Wallabies and Wallaroo players to conduct a training session for students and present a $5000 Suncorp Bank Rugby Development Grant cheque.

The school also receives a Panasonic Camcorder HDC-SD60  (valued at $799), 8GB SD Card (Valued at $99.95), and Suncorp Merchandise Packs for up to 150 students (Values at $3300).The total value of the prize is  over $10,000!

During Suncorp Bank Walla Rugby Week schools are encouraged to get active by playing at least 40 minutes of Walla Rugby, a modified non-tackle version of rugby union. Walla Rugby is the safe, modified version of Rugby Union that is suitable for boys and girls of all ages. It involves a two handed tag rather than a tackle. Scrums and line-outs are also modified to ensure a safe and enjoying playing environment for all students.

The school held their own World Cup during the Suncorp Bank Walla Rugby Week.Teachers rewrote lesson plans and modified Walla Rugby Laws to be suitable for older students. The female players from the Schoolgirls team were captains of each World Cup Team, with the Netherlands led by school captain Kellie Pinkerton winning the inaugural world cup day. The Special needs class was involved in activities and mixed ability rugby themed lessons were offered for all classes.

The school sent Australian Rugby a portfolio of school work, including a DVD showcasing the event. In PDHPE students learnt about the game and Year 9 incorporated the Warialda Haka into dance lessons. Rugby themed cakes from the Food Technology class and new Rugby anthems from Music Class are examples of the work. Every Learning area was represented in the week and Warialda High is hoping to make the Walla rugby world cup an annual event.

The school visit by the wallabies will take part towards the end of the current school term after the Wallabies spring tour.