School gala sure to be a blast

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Fam­i­lies are en­cour­aged to sad­dle up their horses and mo­sey on down to Pukerua Bay School’s Wild West Gala this Satur­day.

Bands Killing Bear, Surf Dad­dies and Rusty De­signz are head­lin­ing, with plenty of other en­ter­tain­ment, ac­tiv­i­ties and bar­gains to keep pun­ters happy.

School prin­ci­pal Mary Jones says this year the money will again go to­wards ICT equip­ment.

‘‘As a school we’ve sur­veyed the com­mu­nity and re­spon­dents were very clear about want­ing a big thrust to­wards de­vel­op­ing ICT equip­ment to pro­vide a 21st cen­tury learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the chil­dren.’’

Mrs Jones says the whole school com­mu­nity has been in­volved to en­sure the gala is one to re­mem­ber.

‘‘We’ve got horse rides, a re­verse bungy jump, gi­ant in­flat­able slide, Chair-OPlane rides, paint­ball tar­get shoot­ing, and fairy and elf land for the lit­tlies.’’

The in­ter­na­tional food court will in­clude Pol­ish hot dogs, a gourmet bar­be­cue, cro­quettes, veg­etable curry and great cof­fee. All the usual stalls will be open for busi­ness and in­clude toys, cloth­ing, bric-a-brac, books and a silent auc­tion.

The 2012 gala raised $26,000 to­wards ICT equip­ment, in par­tic­u­lar class­room lap­tops.

‘‘You just can’t un­der­es­ti­mate the im­pact an in­jec­tion of funds like this can have on a small school of 164 chil­dren like ours. It means we can pur­chase the added ex­tras that are really now es­sen­tials for stu­dents liv­ing in the 21st cen­tury.’’

The gala is on from 11am to 3pm.

Howdy part­ner: Stu­dents Zoe Wil­son and Jake Lawrence are all set for a show­down at the Pukerua Bay School Wild West Gala.

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