Youngsters to film memories
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.