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Parkside Newsletter Term 3 2023

by Parkside School

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Fifa Women's World Cup gets girls involved in Special Olympics soccer by Sophia Mortimer, PHS3
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This term the Special Olympics for Parkside is Football. Football is a team sport sometimes called Soccer. In Football you have to kick the ball into the goals and you are not allowed to use your hands. The referee uses a whistle to tell you that you broke the soccer rules.

This year there were soccer matches that were very important. Those matches were for the Women's Fifa World Cup. There was lots of different teams from around the world playing, like New Zealand and Australia. The New Zealand team is called The Ferns and their coach is called Jitma Klimkova. The Australian team is called The Matildas, their coach is called Tony Gustavsson.










Some people don’t think girls are very good at football and in some countries they aren’t allowed to play. I think this is sad and unfair. The Women's Fifa World cup has shown girls are just as good at football as boys and I think they should enjoy it. I wanted to talk to some girls who play football!

Anastasia is the coach for Parkside Football, she trains the soccer team for Special Olympics.










Coaches like Anastasia sometimes use whistles to tell the players instructions, like stop, kick or goal. I interviewed Anastasia to find out more.

Sophia: Do you like soccer?
Anastasia: I do like soccer, I used to play it when I was four till I was ten.

Sophia: Do you play it at all now?
Anastasia: Only when I teach it with students and sometimes with my friends, I don’t play it for fun much anymore.

Sophia: Who's in the soccer team for Parkside?
Anastasia: Lots of students from the High School and some from Te Waka Tapapha, I’m really pleased because we have quite a few girls playing this year.

Sophia: Who are you supporting in the world cup?
Anastasia: I’m rooting for the Ferns, but I also really like the Matildas team. Who are you supporting?
Sophia: The Australians, the Matildas
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One of the Parkside Players is Grace Walker.











I interviewed her to find out more about playing in the team.

Sophia: Grace, do you like to play soccer? Why?
Grace: Yes I like playing soccer, because I can see my friends like Jamie and Pheonix.

Sophia: Are you excited for the interschool tournament?
Grace: Yes I am, because I like to run around and I get a day off school.

Sophia: Will your mum come to watch your game?
Grace: Yes and she might bring my dog Mako. He might chase the balls too.

Sophia: Whats your favourite part about football?
Grace: Kicking the ball and watching the boys play.

Sophia: Grace, do you think girls should play soccer?
Grace: Yes I think girls should play. My sister Xanthe plays really well and girls can do anything boys do.

The Parkside teams played for Special Olympics on the 14th of September at the Bruce Pullman Centre. Lots of girls played in mixed teams and the Parkside teams won Silver and Bronze.
Jenna was there so I asked her some questions.











Sophia: Did you have a good time at Special Olympics? 
Jenna: Good, yeah I had fun. 

Sophia: Do you think you're as good as the boys at football? 
Jenna: Yes I’m as good as the boys. Even better than some.  

Sophia: What was your favourite part of the day? 
Jenna: I was proud to win bronze and I had a really fun time with my mates.  

The Parkside teams did very well, including the girls. I think more girls should play and show people they are just as good as boys.
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Fifa Women's World Cup gets girls involved in Special Olympics soccer by Sophia Mortimer, PHS3
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One of the Parkside Players is Grace Walker.











I interviewed her to find out more about playing in the team.

Sophia: Grace, do you like to play soccer? Why?
Grace: Yes I like playing soccer, because I can see my friends like Jamie and Pheonix.

Sophia: Are you excited for the interschool tournament?
Grace: Yes I am, because I like to run around and I get a day off school.

Sophia: Will your mum come to watch your game?
Grace: Yes and she might bring my dog Mako. He might chase the balls too.

Sophia: Whats your favourite part about football?
Grace: Kicking the ball and watching the boys play.

Sophia: Grace, do you think girls should play soccer?
Grace: Yes I think girls should play. My sister Xanthe plays really well and girls can do anything boys do.

The Parkside teams played for Special Olympics on the 14th of September at the Bruce Pullman Centre. Lots of girls played in mixed teams and the Parkside teams won Silver and Bronze.
Jenna was there so I asked her some questions.











Sophia: Did you have a good time at Special Olympics? 
Jenna: Good, yeah I had fun. 

Sophia: Do you think you're as good as the boys at football? 
Jenna: Yes I’m as good as the boys. Even better than some.  

Sophia: What was your favourite part of the day? 
Jenna: I was proud to win bronze and I had a really fun time with my mates.  

The Parkside teams did very well, including the girls. I think more girls should play and show people they are just as good as boys.
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