Aotea hosts tro­phy

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The Webb El­lis Cup made a sur­prise visit to Aotea Col­lege last week, with adults turned into giddy school­child­ren as they queued to be pho­tographed with it.

The fact no New Zealan­ders have held it aloft in vic­tory since David Kirk in 1987 may have been lost on many of the young vis­i­tors to Aotea’s au­di­to­rium. But that didn’t stop them pour­ing in dur­ing their lunch hour – pre­ceded by stu­dents from Pa­pakowhai and Pare­mata schools – al­though there was a strong mes­sage that ac­com­pa­nied its ap­pear­ance: don’t touch.

Aotea Col­lege used the oc­ca­sion to show off their new uni­form, an ini­tia­tive put to­gether by last year’s stu­dent coun­cil. Along with a blazer (op­tional), there will be ju­nior and se­nior ties, girls will wear a white blouse and boys a white shirt. The jer­sey de­sign will be al­tered slightly, as will the girls’ skirt.

While all cur­rent stu­dents in years 10 to 12 will wear the ex­ist­ing uni­form un­til stocks

Aotea Col­lege deputy head boys Joseph Wong Pown, left, and Mor­gan Evans join head girl Jan­nah Hib­berd in show­ing off the 2012 school blaz­ers and the tro­phy that much of the coun­try will be will­ing the All Blacks to win very soon. run out, all new stu­dents from 2012 will be re­quired to wear the new colours.

The school’s sup­port of­fi­cer Lyn­ley Col­lard says the changes have been well-re­ceived, but it may take a few years to use up ex­ist­ing stock.

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