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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.”

d3436-330-305x180-2441680 GO OHOPE: Working the cheer for Ohope Beach School are Maia Townsend, Nelle McNabb (obscured), Ashlyn Bennett, Cadence MacArthur and Shani Jalava. D3436-330 d3436-312-216x305-4951971 ON TARGET: Brianna Wilson from Woodlands School in Opotiki gets ready to toss her ball. D3436-312 d3436-291-305x196-8937884 BARRELLING: Ashbrook School’s team of Hugh Oyanagi, Maya Wharepapa, Shakyia Takamore, Keegan Williams, Turoa Biddle, Teaniwa Te Kani and Atu Manaia work on removing and replacing their barrels. D3436-291 d3436-278-305x202-5515623 TEAMWORK: Tyler Lang, Alex Schadler, Kobe Mills (obscured), Stevie Shaw, Emily McClure (obscured), Sasha Knight, Donovan Barnett and Zahara Magee from Thornton School finished in sixth place. D3436-278 d3436-262-227x305-5089137 ON TASK: Bailey Erdeer of Otakiri School holds tight to his harness and ball d3436-259-305x199-5734105 BALLS AWAY: Brendan Hedderwick fires his ball. D3436-259 d3436-249-233x305-6016508 SLIP-SLIDING: Amio Pryor from Matata Public School works to keep her footing on the slippery surface. D3436-249 d3436-242-237x305-9193130 EMPTY: Xavier Marr from Matata Public School gets rid of his water. D3436-242 d3436-241-205x305-4345454 WINNERS: A member of the winning Kawerau South School team d3436-224-235x305-3845668 RUNNERS: The Waiotahe School team d3436-223-305x208-7142923 BUCKET: Otakiri School’s Ella Fenwick gets ready to dump her pail of water. D3436-090 d3436-220-226x305-8775148 SWINGING: Edgecumbe Primary’s Kerry Ranata leans forward before dropping her ball into the bucket. D3436-220 d3436-214-305x209-9802275 RIDE: Lawrence take Ellie, 4, and Payton, 8, for a pony ride d3436-208-305x213-9434499 SMASH-IT: Shartina Broughton and Javarn Cooper take out their frustration on a car wreck at the gala. D3436-208 d3436-187-250x305-8195663 RIDING HIGH: Kiara Templeman, 8, Kaelyn McDonald, 6, Bailey McDonald, 8 and Michael Jones (front) enjoy one of the fairground rides. D3436-187 d3436-177-215x305-1324899 FLYING: Waiotahe School in action d3436-161-305x190-3360384 ALONE: Maia Nuku makes it onto the slide with no other competitors in sight. D3436-161 d3436-144-305x213-2767880 SLIDE-OFF: Manutapuke Waretini from Te Teko and Zak Boonen from Ohope race each other down the slide. D3436-144 d3436-142-220x305-1347720 TIPPING: Caitlyn Esterhuizen empties what water she had left. D3436-142 d3436-139-235x305-2435408 SPILLAGE: There’s not much Te Rawhiti Nikora-Reuben can do about his water loss except run faster. D3436-139 d3436-128-215x305-1398375 LEAKING: Ohope School’s Hine Newth races down the slide with her leaking bucket. D3436-128 d3436-119-305x234-6403603 RACING: Jesse Kara from Ohope School races to deliver his water bucket. D3436-119 d3436-107-305x204-7817773 TAKING AIM: Whakarua Huirua from Edgecumbe Primary takes aim at the bucket. D3436-107 d3436-098-266x305-3771344 TEAMWORK: Waiotahe School d3436-090-227x305-2877140 BUCKET: Otakiri School’s Ella Fenwick gets ready to dump her pail of water. D3436-090 d3436-085-247x305-7789038 STRETCHED: Awakeri School’s Codi Laurent stretches the bungy to its maximum before letting go of his ball. D3436-085 d3436-083-245x305-2949796 AIM OFF: It looks like a miss for Emily McClure from Thornton School. D3436-083 d3436-019-305x203-8315647 THREADING: Edgecumbe Primary’s team run their hose d3436-014-218x305-1577887 LONG DISTANCE: Keegan Williams tries for a long-distance throw, watched by his teammate from Ashbook School in Opotiki. D3436-014 d3436-001-305x211-9781677 YOUNG DRIVER: Kyan Edwards, 8, enjoys driving at the Top School gala. D3436-001 d3436-022-305x195-7350196 d3436-124-243x305-7296504 d3436-172-205x305-5739338 d3436-109-305x212-7429392