Magician gives anti-bullying show
Walton School children learned how they could be heroes at school last week when a top New Zealand magician came to visit.
Elgregoe, aka Greg Britt, has performed in schools across the country, spreading his anti-bullying message to more than 700,000 students.
His show, supported by TrustPower, is themed around being a hero at school and has a strong emphasis on anti-bullying.
‘‘I never tire of doing the school shows – students love the show and the teachers love the message reinforcing the anti- bullying message in a different and memorable way,’’ Mr Britt said.
Elgregoe and his assistant and wife, Sue, use tricks, puppets, ventriloquism, music, songs and a variety of props, including live birds, to spread his message.
He challenges children to form caring communities, and encourages them to build good relationships and make a positive contribution to their school.
The Elgregoe dream began 16 years ago when a school principal challenged the conjurer to make bullying disappear.
After researching the issue of bullying in schools, Elgregoe decided to create a unique way of challenging students to have a good attitude at school.
TrustPower partnered with Elgregoe in 2005 to ensure more Kiwi kids get his anti-bullying messages.
‘‘TrustPower is proud to support this anti-bullying programme as it really connects with students and empowers them to make the right choices,’’ community relations co-ordinator Suzi Luff said.
‘‘Feedback from schools is that his message is getting through and making a real difference.’’
In 2009 the Queen appointed Elgregoe a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education.
In the same year, he also received The Variety Artists Club of New Zealand’s Top Children’s Entertainer Award and The Grand Master of Magic Award.