It’s fought the South African battle of Rorke’s Drift (1879) and now Puketaha School is about to try something trickier – the 1066 Battle of Hastings.
Just who unleashed the dogs of war at the normally peaceful Waikato school on the northern outskirts of Hamilton is, well, something of a blunder but school principal Bob Moffit is all for history in action (especially the action!)
And those behind making the history books come to life are keen to spread the excitement. Could Tamahere be next at war?
Moffit says students and teachers alike are looking forward to the famous Battle of Hastings, which will take place on Friday, December 2.
There’s the small matter of the school’s playing field lacking a requisite hill and the challenge of recreating the scene when Harold got the arrow in his eye but all will be well on the day according to Major Blunder of Alf’s Imperial Army, reports the Forum’s sister community news site, Number 8 Network.
He [Moffit] himself will be in the thick of the fighting, which will involve flour bombs and rolled-up newspapers rather than swords and arrows. “At this stage, I’m not entirely sure if I will be William of Normandy or King Harold.”