Bullrush making a comeback, wait for the howls of anguish against it


The wowsers will be out in force against a Christchurch school that has re-introduced bullrush.

No doubt they will claim that some drop kick kids will get hurt. The sooky kids can all sit in the library if they don;t want to play….it’s not like it is compulsory.

A Christchurch principal’s move to bring back bullrush is being hailed as “brave”.

Cobham Intermediate Principal Scott Thelning told the New Zealand Herald the game will be able to be played from Friday next week.

Bullrush was banned from most schools in the 1990s after concerns about safety, as the game involved high levels of physical contact, with players charging at one another. 

However, Canterbury Primary Principals Association president Rob Callaghan said Thelning’s decision to reintroduce bullrush to his school was “very brave”.

“I think what he’s doing makes very good sense. According to research, children are overprotected,” he said.

“There’s the sense we have to have 100 per cent safety all the time. When it comes to some things, we expect children to take risks, but when when it comes to physical harm, we expect them to take no risk at all.”

He believed as long as the culture and environment of the school was right, nothing untoward would happen.

“As long as they have a good sense of what the rules are and that they are expected to be followed, it should be fine.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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