Students get their skates on for fundraiser
A school trip to the land of the rising sun will be paid for in part by a cool fundraising idea - ice skating.
Students from Queen Charlotte College in Picton are heading to Japan in September and they hope a pop-up ice rink will help provide some crucial cash for their dream trip.
Japanese teacher David Collins says the 16-day biennial trip gives students a chance to experience a different culture first-hand.
The 14 pupils will stay in the Yamanashi area, located in the Chubu region of the main island of Honshu. The college has a sister school in the area where they will spend a week in class.
Collins used to live near Yamanashi and is looking forward to sharing his local knowledge with the students.
‘‘It’s fantastic to go back and share with the kids some of the things I know and see it through fresh eyes.
‘‘I still have a lot of contacts over there which helps,’’ he says.
The trip is booked for September and each student needs to raise $3500 to cover the costs which will include spending money.
Community group Picton Smart & Connected were keen to help and have arranged for a pop-up ice rink to be installed at London Quay next month.
The group secured funding from Marlborough District Council to pay for the rink and any profits will be donated to the school.
Collins says the pupils have been working hard to raise money.
‘‘They’ve been earning the money themselves so it doesn’t feel like it’s just being handed to them on a plate. If they’re prepared to spend weekends wood chopping and do the work then there’s no financial barrier,’’ he says.
Picton Smart & Connected chairperson Chrissy Powlesland says she hopes the students will also see the ice rink as a way to get more involved in the community.
‘‘This is a wonderful opportunity to get youth involved in projects they are enthusiastic about,’’ she says.
The rink will be open in Pic- ton from June 7-10. Entry is open to all at the cost of $2. Beginners are welcome and group lessons will be available.
To book a school group or a party contact Nicci Neilson at email@example.com.
Japanese language students and teachers from Queen Charlotte College will be heading to Japan later this year.