Netball legend Irene Van Dyk dropped in to Huntley School last week and shared memories of her long career as goalshoot with the Silver Ferns.
Huntley principal Sam Edwards said she was an inspirational speaker before a whole assembly and spent time with the school's two netball teams afterwards.
"Our A team compete in a lot of games in the Whanganui region while the B team play a lot of games in Marton.
"They really enjoyed meeting Irene and said she gave them a lot of good advice," he said.
South African-born Van Dyk moved to New Zealand in 2000 when she joined the Silver Ferns and became the most capped international player of all time.
She represented New Zealand for 14 years before retiring from international netball in June 2014.
Mr Edwards was appointed principal at Huntley last year after working for four years with previous headmaster Brad Gay to oversee the school's transition to a co-educational facility in 2014.
"We now have 35 girls on the roll and 21 of them play netball, so Irene Van Dyk was an excellent role model for them to meet." Although Huntley had been a boys-only school for 117 years before 2014, Mr Edwards said the change had been very smooth and the curriculum had not needed to be changed.