Young­sters to film mem­o­ries

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCKOY

With just over two weeks to go un­til the Te Poi Centenary, lo­cal stu­dents are do­ing all they can to make their school wel­com­ing for when vis­i­tors ar­rive.

The centenary will start off at the Te Poi Pri­mary School grounds on Satur­day, March 31 at 9am for reg­is­tra­tions fol­lowed by a powhiri at 10am.

The stu­dents have been busy cre­at­ing enough art­work to turn one of their class­rooms into an art gallery and mu­seum for the vis­i­tors to tour through.

They have com­pleted vi­brant pic­tures of the school and var­i­ous build­ings around Te Poi that have spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance and, start­ing to­day, will be mak­ing movies look­ing at life over the past 10 decades in the ru­ral com­mu­nity. Se­bas­tian Ot­tosen, 10, Casey Jones, 8, and Kelly Sch­wabauer, 9 are work­ing to­gether as a team to help cre­ate the films which will also show in their makeshift art gallery at the centenary.

Kelly is the di­rec­tor, Casey will be in­ter- viewing peo­ple in the area to get an in­sight into their lives and Se­bas­tian will be on the cam­era.

Sub­jects will hold pho­to­graphs of them­selves grow­ing up. Re­union reg­is­tra­tions can be made by phoning Ernie and Ngaire Lep­per on 880 9577.

On the day there will also be lunch, pho­tos, a ser­vice at the Te Poi Church and din­ner at the Te Poi hall.

Film­ing the decades: Te Poi Pri­mary stu­dents from left, Kelly Sch­wabauer, Casey Jones and Se­bas­tian Ot­tosen, prac­tise how they will film their in­ter­views this week in prepa­ra­tion for the Te Poi Centenary.

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