School hop­ing fair will be a big hit

Do­cos to pre­miere at show­case

Kapi-Mana News - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

St Pius X School stu­dents, staff and fam­i­lies are hop­ing to strike it big with its first fundrais­ing gala in 18 years this Fri­day.

They are rais­ing money to­wards in­ter­ac­tive data pro­jec­tors for the five class­rooms.

An­ge­line O’con­nor, who cel­e­brated 25 years as St Pius X School’s of­fice man­ager last year, says it would be about 18 years since a full-sized gala was held. The school was opened in 1954.

Prin­ci­pal Jane Red­dish is thrilled both the school’s 75 fam­i­lies and the wider com­mu­nity are sup­port­ing their Fam­ily Fun Fri­day.

‘‘We are look­ing for­ward to both the school and wider com­mu­nity, from Ti­tahi Bay and be­yond, com­ing to en­joy an evening of great food and en­ter­tain­ment,’’ she says.

‘‘We will have a range of eth­nic and tra­di­tional Kiwi food, plus dessert and sweet treats that ev­ery­one can en­joy to­gether.’’

As well as a bouncy cas­tle, jeeps and fam­ily-fo­cused games such as golf – hoop-in-one, rugby goal post and three-legged race com­pe­ti­tions there will be cheer­lead­ing and Zumba demon­stra­tions, nail and tat­too art, mys­tery bot­tles and more.

Raf­fles will be drawn dur­ing the evening with prizes in­clud­ing a Benji Mar­shall prac­tice jer­sey, gym mem­ber­ships, In­ter­is­lander voucher, movie passes, Brother printer and jew­ellery. Two New Zealand doc­u­men­taries will have world pre­mieres as part of the World Cinema Show­case 2012, com­ing to Welling­ton next month.

Men­tal Notes and Te Hono ki Aotearoa will head­line an in­ter­na­tional se­lec­tion of more than 35 fea­tures and doc­u­men­taries screen­ing at the Para­mount Theatre from April 5 to 22.

In Men­tal Notes, from film­maker Jim Mar­brook, five for­mer pa­tients re­call their ex­pe­ri­ences in the psy­chi­atric in­sti­tu­tions that were the bas­tions of the coun­try’s men­tal health for most of the last cen­tury.

‘‘ Jim’s sub­jects pro­vide a gen­tle, af­fir­ma­tive as­ser­tion of sur­vival against the odds while bear­ing elo­quent wit­ness to a long dark era in our so­cial his­tory,’’ fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Bill Gos­den says.

Jan Bieringa’s Te Hono ki Aotearoa doc­u­ments the com­mis­sion­ing and de­liv­ery of a new waka taua for the Mu­seum Volkenkunde in Lei­den, Hol­land.

‘‘The sight of a mag­nif­i­cent waka taua be­ing pro­pelled through Euro­pean wa­ters is a thing of beauty to stir the heart of any New Zealan­der. What’s so fas­ci­nat­ing here is Jan’s in­sights into the way it stirs Euro­pean hearts too. The rap­port be­tween mas­ter carver Hekenuku­mai Busby and the mu­se­ums di­rec­tor is the start­ing point for a grat­i­fy­ingly thor­ough im­mer­sion in kau­papa waka.’’

The World Cinema Show­case, now in its 14th year, is se­lected by NZ In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val. The main mid-win­ter Welling­ton In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val will re­turn in July.

Yay for Fri­day: Can­dyfloss Heaven’s Ju­lian Avise­nis, with St Pius X School stu­dents, from left, Ma­son Ikin-katene, Zha’dynya Suther­land, Alisha Gil­lon and Liam Mcvicar, get­ting in some prac­tice for their school’s Fab­u­lous Fri­day Food and Fun Fair.

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