Pa­pakowhai School lead­ers raise $1600

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KARO­LINE TUCKEY

A group of Year 8 pupils at Pa­pakowhai School tasked with find­ing ways to give back to the com­mu­nity staged a gi­ant lunchtime fundrais­ing car­ni­val last week.

This is the first year the lead­er­ship pro­gramme has been run for se­nior stu­dents, teacher Ali­son Ten­nant says, and the re­sults have been ex­cit­ing.

The whole school was given an ex­tended lunchtime on De­cem­ber 8 to join in the fun, with a water slide, face paint­ing, sponge the teacher, a bas­ket­ball chal­lenge and a pop­u­lar bake sale – all co­or­di­nated by the chil­dren.

The lead­er­ship group de­cided they wanted to give the pro­ceeds of the car­ni­val to the Rus­sell School Break­fast Club, which lost its fund­ing ear­lier this year, and to Kid­ney Kids.

There would also be a con­tri­bu­tion to their own school, pos­si­bly to as­sist the up­com­ing li­brary re­de­vel­op­ment.

‘‘We had a big dis­cus­sion about things in the lo­cal com­mu­nity that we could give back to,’’ Mrs Ten­nant says.

‘‘ It be­came quite a per­sonal thing to sup­port Kid­ney Kids, as the brother of one of our lead­ers is a kid­ney pa­tient.’’

The ex­pe­ri­ence has been a crash course in event plan­ning and busi­ness man­age­ment, with plans for a bouncy cas­tle nixed early on when the stu­dents de­cided po­ten­tial re­turns couldn’t jus­tify the ex­pense.

‘‘They are an out­stand­ing Year 8. They have come up with the events them­selves and planned every­thing and given up their lunchtimes to work vol­un­tar­ily.’’

Par­ents have also been very sup­port­ive, says Mrs Ten­nant, with one stay­ing up into the early hours with her chil­dren bak­ing hundreds of iced cup­cakes and fur­nish­ing the pizza and ice­cream spi­ders stall.

The car­ni­val raised $1600, and pro­vided much fun and laugh­ter, and ex­cite­ment, she says.

En­thused: Pa­pakowhai School pupils leaped at the chance to throw soak­ing sponges at teacher Lana Bracken who egged the kids on as a cheeky Santa.

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