Big day out in store for West­mere’s Lit­tle Day Out

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

West­mere School is drum­ming up sup­port from Kiwi mu­sic leg­ends for the Lit­tle Day Out this Satur­day.

The event, now in its third year, fea­tures Jor­dan Luck, Don McGlashan and The Dar­lings, among other lo­cal acts.

Danc­ing with the Stars celebri­ties Peter Ur­lich and Ha­ley Holt will also en­ter­tain crowds at the event, which will be hosted by television pre­sen­ter Mike McRoberts.

A new sec­ond stage on the school’s back field will host ac­tiv­i­ties or­gan­ised by a com­mit­tee of se­nior stu­dents.

Year 6 stu­dent Isaac Ah Kuoi-At­more, 10, has or­gan­ised a dance com­pe­ti­tion, a Weet-Bix-eat­ing com­pe­ti­tion, West­mere Idol and a cream-theteacher stall.

But fel­low or­gan­iser Josh Hickey, 10, says the most pop­u­lar event by far will be wet-the-teacher.

For $2 spectators can throw balls and try and soak their favourite, or least favourite, teach­ers.

Event or­gan­iser and school par­ent Sh­eryl Hickey says there’s a huge range of ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer this year.

“There’s so much tal­ent in this com­mu­nity and this is a way of tap­ping into a whole range of skills.”

The fes­ti­val, which runs ev­ery two years, will raise money for a new school hall.

School prin­ci­pal Carolyn Marino says the school has grown enor­mously in the last year and the lit­tle hall no longer fits them all in.

She hopes the day will raise about $50,000 this year for the hall, which will cost around $1 mil­lion.

But the day is also about fam­i­lies com­ing to­gether.

“The school is only as suc­cess­ful as the re­la­tion­ships within our com­mu­nity,” she says.

“The money’s great but at the end of the day we need to be build­ing a strong school that’s got to be fun.”

Ms Marino hopes the new hall will be used by a wide range of West­mere groups.

“We have no lo­cal hall and we re­ally need a gath­er­ing place for the com­mu­nity,” she says.

The Lit­tle Day Out is on Satur­day, April 5 and runs from noon to 6pm.

Tick­ets avail­able from www.lit­tle­day­ or from West­mere school.


Big fun: West­mere School stu­dents from left: Leo Drake-Rogers, Josh Hickey and Isaac Ah Kuoi-At­more, all 10, warm up for West­mere Idol at the Lit­tle Day Out.

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