Rotorua Weekender : 2020-07-03

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4 Rotorua Weekender Jul 3, 2020 | School celebrates essential workers Pupils, teachers and families complete walk-a-thon to show their gratitude Shauni James T he streets of Ngongotaha¯ village were buzzing and plenty of waves were shared as Ngongotaha¯ Primary School pupils, teachers and families completed a walk-a-thon dressed in bright colours. The pupils were full of smiles and excited chatter as they pounded the pavement around the village for their walk-a-thon on Wednesday morning. The fun event was to both raise money for their school and share their gratitude for local, dedicated essential workers. They walked around the Ngongotaha¯ village for the Walka-thon, with Years 0 to 3 doing 4km and Years 4 to 6 doing about 8km. The bright, colourful walk included big banners saying thank you to all the essential workers. There were cheers and congratula­tions to each other as the pupils completed their distances. The money raised from the walka-thon sponsorshi­ps will go towards more playground equipment for the school. Ngongotaha¯ Primary School principal Craig Mcfadyen says the walk-a-thon was absolutely fantastic. “I felt so proud to see our tamariki giving back to the community. The weather was beautiful and the children were so excited to take part. “The vast majority of our students Photos / Shauni James dressed in their brightest clothes and we were joined by dozens of helpful parents and wha¯ nau.” He says the route they took was perfect, and it was nice to see so many community members waving and clapping as they walked past their houses. “We finished the event with a huge shared lunch. We have such a supportive community in Ngongotaha¯ , it was so nice to be able to have our wha¯ nau back with us after the lockdown and the restrictio­ns that were put into place during alert level 2 and 3. Craig says raising money was never the priority of the walk-a-thon. “Our kaupapa was celebratin­g and thanking the essential workers of Ngongotaha¯ , encouragin­g physical activity and celebratin­g the end of an ‘interestin­g’ term with our school wha¯nau. “However, we received so much in sponsorshi­p that we are able to purchase far more sporting equipment than expected.” He says the school’s physical education team will meet with the student council and decide on what to spend the money on. Possible ideas include a new basket swing, an inground trampoline or a musical playground. “I want to acknowledg­e Donna Ngatai and the PE team for the work they did organising the event and of course my amazing tamariki for representi­ng our kura so well.” Fresh Bluff Salmon Fillets Large Free Range Hot Cooked Chicken 34 99 $12ea kg 19 99 Beef Sirloin/ Porterhous­e Steak Family Size kg and Free Range Pams Tasty Cheese Block Arnott’s Chocolate/ Cream Filled Biscuits 800g/grated 650g-750g/ 750g/organic 500g 160g-250g (Excludes Chocolicio­us) Slices Tasty $10ea 2 for $4 ON NOW Limited to 2 assorted Limited to 12 assorted Doritos Delisio 150g/170g/ 140g Coca-cola/sprite/ L&p/fanta/lift 1 1.5L 89 2 for 350 ea Red Seedless Grapes Product of Australia Limited to 12 assorted 4 99 Corona Extra Selaks 1934 Wine Range 355ml 2499 12 Pack Bottles 750ml (Excludes Selaks 1934 Merlot) kg $14ea pk Prices valid until 5 July 2020. Trade not supplied. Deals valid until this Sunday or while stocks last. Club Deals are only available to Clubcard Members when they scan their Clubcard at the time of purchase. All prepared meals are serving suggestion­s only. Props not included. We reserve the right to limit quantities. Available at New World stores in the North Island. Excludes South Island. Specials are subject to availabili­ty. Advertised items and/or specials may not be available at Fresh Collective.

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