Students’ top posters
On the morning of Tuesday October 16, the playground at Norsewood and Districts’ School had a very different kind of buzz in the air. The Mayor was coming. Mayor Tracy Collis was to visit and present special prizes to some of the students.
Odyssey Cave classroom teachers Toni Trent and Liz Brooks had heard that Tracy and her fellow women councillors — Councillor’s Shirley Hull, Carole Issacson and Alison Franklin — were launching a poster competition celebrating 125 years since Kate Sheppard and the suffragettes won the right for women to vote.
So the whole class got creative and made posters, four of which were judged winners. Entries came from across the Tararua. One was sent to the Prime Minister, as it featured her and her daughter standing in front of the Beehive and is now on Jacinda Ardern’s office wall. This received well over 19,000 likes on her Instagram account.
The artworks then travelled the District and were displayed in the local libraries in conjunction with the Cups of Tea celebrations. They became the centre of discussions, where everyone shared stories about the artwork and about how things were then.
Norsewood journalism students asked the questions and parent/tutor Vanessa Dorreen wrote this report.
With their prizes and a book donated for the school’s library featuring famous New Zealand Women from left to right: Back — Kingston, Cullen, Councillor Shirley Hull, Mayor Tracy Collis, Grace, Natalie, Paige. Front — George, Cooper, Henry.