Shake­speare scene wins

Ev­ery week the South Waikato News delves into its ar­chives to see what was mak­ing the news 10, 25 and 50 years ago. This week we found sto­ries on as­pir­ing ac­tors, soldiers com­plet­ing their camp and a new premises for a pub­lish­ing com­pany

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10 years ago

Thes­pi­ans vie for national ti­tle May 9, 2001 A fine per­for­mance in the re­gional Sec­ondary Schools Shake­speare Fes­ti­val means the Toko­roa High School Shake­speare group has the chance to en­ter the national fes­ti­val in June.

The stu­dents’ win­ning en­try, which they en­ti­tled Cae­sar’s Ar­ro­gance, was from Act two scene two of Julius Cae­sar and in­volved all the stu­dents, whether act­ing or as crew.

‘‘We were pretty ner­vous and didn’t think we could do it but af­ter watch­ing the other groups we thought we had a good chance,’’ said year 11 stu­dent Tamielle Monk.

The THS stu­dents, a mix of third, fourth, fifth and sixth for­m­ers, had been re­hears­ing ev­ery lunchtime for 10 weeks un­der the di­rec­tion of English teacher Jen­nyfer Ro­gel.

Held at Mata­mata Col­lege on Wed­nes­day, the fes­ti­val in­volved four other South Waikato schools, with 12 scenes en­tered over­all.

THS also en­tered a scene from Mac­beth and an­other from Richard III . 25 years ago Camp Over Fe­bru­ary 27, 1986 Eighty soldiers from the South Waikato and Taupo area re­turned fit and hard­ened from three weeks in the Kain­garoa For­est on Satur­day.

The soldiers of C com­pany of the Hau­raki Bat­tal­ion – along with 10 army cadets from Man­gakino High School – joined those from two other bat­tal­ions for their an­nual camp.

The Hau­raki Bat­tal­ion is a ter­ri­to­rial unit. Staff Sergeant Alan Hawira of Toko­roa said the camp in­volved five ma­jor ac­tiv­i­ties.

The first few days were spent set­tling into camp and train­ing in­di­vid­ual soldiers in skills that would be needed for later ex­er­cises, such as helicopter drill and water skills.

Mr Hawira said that was fol­lowed by com­pany train­ing in drill and nav­i­gat­ing through the bush at night. All that was a lead-up to the main bat­tal­ion and bri­gade ex­er­cises.

The bri­gade ex­er­cise lasted over four days and in­volved the Sixth Hau­raki Bat­tal­ion and Sev­enth Bat­tal­ion ad­vanc­ing on a bat­tal­ion of about 150 men – which in­cluded a num­ber of chil­dren from Wan­ganui un­der the care of the So­cial Wel­fare. 50 years ago New premises for pub­lish­ing com­pany July 13, 1961 To meet the ever ex­pand­ing needs of Toko­roa and its district ex­ten­sive new premises for the Toko­roa Pub­lish­ing Com­pany to pro­vide ac­com­mo­da­tion for the South Waikato News and Toko­roa Print­ers were com­menced this week.

The news premises, which will be sit­u­ated at the in­ter­sec­tion of Bridge and Camp­bell streets, will pro­vide both of­fice and fac­tory ac­com­mo­da­tion.

In the new premises fac­tory space alone will cover 3400 sq ft.

The first por­tion of the build­ing to be erected will be the fac­tory, which is ur­gently re­quired to re­lieve con­ges­tion in the ex­ist­ing premises in Swanston St. It will also be the first step to­wards pub­lish­ing South Waikato News twice weekly.

As­pir­ing ac­tors: Some of Toko­roa High School Shake­speare Group which is go­ing on to the national Sec­ondary Schools Shake­speare Fes­ti­val in June af­ter win­ning the re­gional com­pe­ti­tion.

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