Staff face paint bar­rage at Greenacres gala day

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By BRIAR BABINGTON

It’s not ev­ery day a school prin­ci­pal is happy for her pic­ture to be used as tar­get prac­tice, but Shirley Por­te­ous will be an ex­cep­tion on Satur­day.

The Greenacres School prin­ci­pal is one of sev­eral staff whose faces will be fea­tured on paint­ball tar­gets dur­ing the Lin­den school’s an­nual gala on March 28.

The gala will be held at the school, in Raroa Tce. It is a fundraiser and the school is look­ing to raise at least $15,000 to buy elec­tronic de­vices for some class­rooms. De­vices such as lap­tops, Chrome­books and iPads gave chil­dren equal learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, Por­te­ous said.

‘‘We want tech­nol­ogy to be a part of the cur­ricu­lum all the time – not an added ex­tra,’’ she said.

‘‘ It’s about the kids hav­ing equal ac­cess, too.’’

Plan­ning for the gala has been un­der way since last Oc­to­ber, with many fam­i­lies and lo­cal busi­nesses do­nat­ing items and ser­vices.

Those at­tend­ing will en­joy such ac­tiv­i­ties as clas­sic car rides and pad­dle boats, plus tasty food.

The gala runs from 11am un­til 2pm.

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