English school group enjoys rural activities

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Fishing, shearing and target shooting surely gave visiting Burnham Grammar School pupils an authentic rural experience.
Menzies College played host to a group from the school just outside of London when they arrived in Queenstown at the weekend for a sports tour.
The touring party involves 60 people — 54 children and six teachers — playing rugby and netball, and experiencing the rural New Zealand lifestyle.
Menzies College acting principal Kath Luoni said it was a return visit for the school after they came to the school for the same purpose two years ago.
‘‘They were wanting an authentic rural experience and were billeted out around the school community where they tried activities like fishing, shearing and target shooting,’’ Mrs Luoni said.
She said when people travelled the world, they wanted to experience new things.
Mrs Luoni said the tour was a good experience for pupils at Menzies College.
‘‘It extends the students’ horizons and opens them up to another culture from the other side of the world. It also gives us the opportunity to be good hosts for the visitors,’’ she said.
The touring party was off to King’s High School in Dunedin next before flying up to Auckland for a last game and heading back to the United Kingdom.
Mrs Luoni said the school had indicated they would probably return to Menzies College in another two years.