Aotea hosts trophy
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.