Centennial dunks students, principal

THE SUN was shining but several students and the principal were soaked as Centennial Christian School wrapped up its Daily Physical Activity (DPA) Challenge between the teachers and students yesterday.

LIAM NUTMA holds his breath as a softball whizzes by over the target on the dunk tank at Centennial Christian School yesterday

THE SUN was shining but several students and the principal were soaked as Centennial Christian School wrapped up its Daily Physical Activity (DPA) Challenge between the teachers and students yesterday.

It also marked the last day of regular classes for the high school students.

The DPA challenge saw staff and students team up against each other to see which team could do the most daily physical activity from May 23 to June 17.

This year, the teachers vowed to come out on top.

After the first week of the four week challenge, the students took the lead but in the end, the teachers were true to their words and won.

The victory meant that the teachers got to choose students they wanted to dunk and students were picked according to who would have a good sense of humour about being dropped into the water of the dunk tank, said principal Curtis Tuininga, who also got dunked by students and at least one adult.

The dunking kicked off with a reluctant Ocean Georgelin, who braced herself with her hands held together under her chin as if she was praying and her eyes closed as students and teachers gave it their best shot, throwing soft balls at the target that would release the seat and plunge her into the tank.

Twice she hit the water until she was free to go.

Next up, Liam Nutma held his breath with his cheeks puffed out and his hands clenched into fists. He also got dunked twice.

Krizia McDonough went into the water four times, the first time with a big smile on her face, followed by three dunks with her eyes closed. Her brother even took a try at dunking her, but missed the target.

Ryan Roseboom spent most of his time watching the balls miss the target and laughing at how far the thrower missed it by.

Two balls managed to connect and he got his soaking plus one dunk after he was declared finished.

Tuininga looked seriously at each student who picked up a softball, telling them they didn’t want to do it.

But a couple hit the target and in he went, including one adult who tried right up close and missed before just hitting the target with his hand. A barbecue was fired up and students and staff enjoyed hamburgers and hot dogs after everyone dried off.