Zany gala day for camp trip

North Waikato News - - OUT & ABOUT - CAITLIN WAL­LACE

All things zany will be fea­tured at this year’s Te Kauwhata Pri­mary School Wild and Won­der­ful Gala.

The bi­en­nial event which show­cases a dif­fer­ent theme each time is set for Novem­ber 11.

School PTA mem­ber Lau­ren Hughes said this year was about wild an­i­mals, na­ture and ‘‘lots of za­ni­ness’’.

Not only is it a com­mu­nity event, but it is set out be one of the school’s ma­jor fundrais­ers or­gan­ised by the PTA.

Funds raised will go to­wards send­ing the year 6 stu­dents to camp as well as help­ing the build­ing fund and an up­grade of the play­ground.

Hughes said hun­dreds of peo­ple usu­ally come through the gates dur­ing the event.

With stalls set to sell var­i­ous items, Hughes said stu­dents have been mak­ing crafts specif­i­cally for the camp fundraiser.

‘‘It’s al­ways a re­ally fun day and the kids are tak­ing more own­er­ship.’’

Held be­tween 10am and 2pm, there will be plenty food and fun for the crowds.

Hughes said the aim is al­ways pro­vid­ing an af­ford­able day out for all ages.

‘‘This year we have more of a car­ni­val feel.’’

The Te Kauwhata Fire Brigade will also be on board again to pro- vide an ob­sta­cle course, she said.

And the fa­mous spooky house will be back which is done in one of the class­rooms with for­mer pri­mary school stu­dents tak­ing part as the scar­ers.

Hughes said gunge the teacher is also a favourite and vot­ing booths have been open over the last few weeks to nom­i­nate two teach­ers.

‘‘There’s al­ways a fight on who is able to pull the rope.’’

A wild writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion was also es­tab­lished for the chil­dren to work on prior to the event.

‘‘It was to get the kids writ­ing cre­atively which is a big fo­cus at the school this year,’’ Hughes said.

Prin­ci­pal Vicki Saun­ders said the camp was an im­por­tant time for the stu­dents be­fore go­ing to college.

Every year the year six stu­dents go to Karakariki near Whatawhata.

‘‘It’s kind of a cel­e­bra­tion of what they have achieved.’’

While the in­ten­tion is al­ways to keep the price man­age­able to en­sure all chil­dren can go, the gala’s pro­ceeds will be help­ful to make up the short­fall, Saun­ders said.

Ge­or­gia Man­nion, Libby Rob­son and Jada Pot­ter are cre­at­ing items to sell at the gala with PTA mem­ber Lau­ren Hughes.

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