Ir­ish theme for gala

Kapi-Mana News - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

The com­mu­nity is in­vited to Pukerua Bay School next week to find the luck of the Ir­ish at its St Pa­trick’s Day Gala.

School prin­ci­pal Mary Jones said this year’s gala would boast more fun and ac­tiv­i­ties than in years past. Money from the gala was ear­marked for pur­chas­ing ICT equip­ment, in par­tic­u­lar class­room lap­tops.

‘‘ This equip­ment

will

help in­spire the 21st cen­tury learn­ers we are cul­ti­vat­ing in this school.’’

Ms Jones said the stu­dents and staff were go­ing ‘‘all out’’ this year in terms of en­ter­tain­ment and ac­tiv­i­ties, which in­cluded paint­ball tar­gets, me­dieval sword fight­ing for kids, an in­flat­able kid-apil­lar, train rides, bouncy cas­tle, a dunk­ing ma­chine, wa­ter­slide and horse rid­ing.

‘‘ We’re lucky to have Un­cle Mon­key pro­vid­ing live en­ter­tain­ment for peo­ple to lis­ten to in­be­tween bar­gain hunt­ing.’’

The food court this year will in­clude Pol­ish hot dogs, a gourmet bar­be­cue, cof­fee cart and a tea­room. All the usual stalls will be open for busi­ness and in­clude toys, cloth­ing, bric-a-brac, books and a silent auc­tion.

Last year the gala raised $28,000 which is be­ing spent on resur­fac­ing the school’s hard court ar­eas.

‘‘This is re­ally im­pres­sive for such a small school of 162 chil­dren and in­di­cates the level of sup­port for the school in the com­mu­nity.’’

The gala is on Satur­day, March 17 from 11am.

Three lit­tle leprechauns: Get­ting into the spirit of the gala are six-year-old Pukerua Bay School stu­dents, from left, Anya Down, Iso­bel Reece and Stella Gould.

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