Field of dreams for school

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Carly Tawhiao

Mak­ing money from mu­sic is a way Bayfi School can keep pro­vid­ing qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion for its pupils.

The Herne Bay pri­mary school is host­ing its bi­en­nial fundrais­ing event, Bayfi Mu­sic on the Field, at the school to­mor­row from noon to 5pm.

The con­cert will fea­ture top New Zealand acts in­clud­ing Sav­age, Au­tozamm, The Checks, Op Shop’s Ja­son Ker­ri­son, Annabel Fay, Dai Hen­wood, and The CVE – Cor­po­rate Voice Ex­pe­ri­ence, as well as per­for­mances from cur­rent and for­mer school pupils.

Both Blindspott singer Damian Alexan­der and daugh­ter Jilly Ma­gan who at­tends Bay­field, will be part of the mu­si­cal action.

Jilly is play­ing ukulele in the school’s group the Ukubayles and is also per­form­ing a Span­ish-in­spired dance.

She is ex­cited about the day and says she en­joys all the fun rides and games on of­fer.

Her dad, who de­signed the school’s fly­ers, is per­form­ing at Mu­sic on the Field for the first time as part of The CVE.

In pre­vi­ous years he was tour­ing with Blindspott so could only man­age brief drop-ins.

“It will be great to spend the day with kids and par­ents and see the com­mu­nity chip in and get in­volved to help the school,” he says.

Bay­field School prin­ci­pal Sh­eryl Fletcher says al­though the event is fun for fam­i­lies, it is also a great oc­ca­sion for the com­mu­nity to come to­gether and sup­port the school.

“It’s not only about peo­ple whose chil­dren at­tend here, it’s about the whole com­mu­nity get­ting to­gether to sup­port each other. It’s also our way of say­ing thanks.”

Mu­sic on the Field is the decile 10 school’s ma­jor fund­ing event for 2009 and helps sup­ple­ment fund­ing re­ceived from the gov­ern­ment.

Tick­ets for adults are $35 and chil­dren are free.

For more in­for­ma­tion phone 376-5703.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Top acts: Mu­sic runs in the fam­ily for Jilly Ma­gan, 10, and dad Damian Alexan­der. They are both per­form­ing to­mor­row at Bay­field School’s Mu­sic on the Field.

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