Pets ga­lore com­pete at Here­worth’s Pet Day

Havelock North Village Press - - News -

Here­worth’s Head Boy Roark Zachary has added a new event to the Term 3 cal­en­dar for the younger boys at the school — Pet Day — to raise funds for Hast­ings SPCA.

For Roark, who be­gan at Here­worth as a five year old, pet day is one of his favourite mem­o­ries from his years in the ju­nior school. The event hasn’t been on the school’s cal­en­dar for sev­eral years, but Roark was de­ter­mined to bring it back.

“This day is im­por­tant to me be­cause it is a great way for the seniors to in­ter­act with the ju­niors and share a fun event to­gether,” says Roark.

With the team of eight pre­fects, he has been de­vel­op­ing a plan, pitch­ing it to the head­mas­ter, talk­ing with the SPCA and ap­proach­ing the lo­cal New World Su­per­mar­ket to spon­sor a raf­fle prize.

The whole school is be­hind the ini­tia­tive, with a mufti day and the school do­nat­ing pet food to help the SPCA look af­ter the an­i­mals in their care.

“This ini­tia­tive, and the lead­er­ship Roark and the other boys have shown in driv­ing it, is a great ex­am­ple of the way we try to mix fun, re­spon­si­bil­ity and a con­cern for oth­ers into our life at Here­worth School,” says school chap­lain, Rev­erend Alan Burnett.

On the day, there will be dogs, cats, rab­bits, guinea pigs and lambs com­pet­ing along­side their young own­ers for prizes for cute­ness, best cos­tume, most tal­ented pet and ‘best in show’.

“Our school motto is Non No­bis Solum — Not for Our­selves Alone,” Roark says. “We talk about what this means a lot, espe­cially with Rev­erend Alan. Pet Day is just one of the ways we at Here­worth can think of oth­ers and support lo­cal char­i­ties.”

■ Here­worth School Pet Day, Fri­day, Septem­ber 14, 8.20-10.30am. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Here­worth School on (06) 877 8138

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