WINNERS: Awakeri School took the top cheerleaders title. D3436-245

WINNERS: Awakeri School took the top cheerleaders title. D3436-245

KAWERAU South School may as well not bother handing over the Top School trophy each year because it just wins it back.

After sharing the title with competition hosts Awakeri in 2015, Kawerau South School made sure it secured the sought-after title for itself on Sunday.

It is the fifth time in seven years that Kawerau South School has bagged the title and some of the kudos for the wins goes to teacher and long-time team trainer Rose Hyland.

Top School 2016 attracted schools from around the Eastern Bay, including as far away as Whangaparaoa.

As in the past, it was held in conjunction with a fundraising garage sale and gala, which attracted a good crowd and raised $30,000 for a new climbing net for senior students.

Whakatane Intermediate’s year 7 team won the year 7 and 8 competition for intermediates and large full primaries ahead of Edgecumbe Primary with Te Kura o Te Teko winning the year 7 and 8 competition for small full primaries for a second year running, ahead of Waiotahe in second place.

Kawerau South School won the primary section from runner-up Edgecumbe.

Awakeri School won the overall cheerleaders award with Otakiri/Thornton sharing honours for the largest squad.

Awakeri School principal Peter Fitzgerald said it was a brilliant day.

“We fluked it with the weather. We thought it was going to be tipping down but it didn’t and it was really fantastic.

“It was very well supported considering the big surf lifesaving competition on at the same time – we were very pleased with the crowd.”