Young voices raise spirits
Gloria Parriss thought the current crop of Roseneath School pupils could sing just fine.
Summerset Retirement Village in Aotea was treated to a special concert last week.
More than half the school’s roll of 107 was on hand to sing and play music to the village’s residents in one of the main lounges.
Following the show – which featured old hits sprinkled in with more modern tunes – Summerset’s marketing manager Tristan Saunders declared, ‘‘you have made everyone’s day’’.
Gloria Parriss, a Roseneath old girl, who is blind, said the concert was, ‘‘nice, very nice indeed’’.
She has been at Summerset for just a few months and recalled her days at Roseneath School – above Oriental Parade in Wellington – in the early 1930s with fondness.
‘‘It was a grim time [due to the Depression] but I loved going to school, it was something you looked forward to.
‘‘I liked the fact you could look out over the harbour, see all the way to Petone.’’
She didn’t do a lot of singing at school but Summerset staff confided that Ms Parriss has an excellent singing voice.
The Roseneath School visit included a tour of the village and afternoon tea.
Old and new: Summerset Retirement Village resident Gloria Parriss among Roseneath School students, who put on a well-received concert on July 5.