Stu­dents’ top posters

Bush Telegraph - - FOCUS ON FARMING - By VANESSA DORREEN Par­ent/tu­tor

On the morn­ing of Tues­day Oc­to­ber 16, the play­ground at Norse­wood and Dis­tricts’ School had a very dif­fer­ent kind of buzz in the air. The Mayor was com­ing. Mayor Tracy Col­lis was to visit and present spe­cial prizes to some of the stu­dents.

Odyssey Cave class­room teach­ers Toni Trent and Liz Brooks had heard that Tracy and her fel­low women coun­cil­lors — Coun­cil­lor’s Shirley Hull, Ca­role Is­sac­son and Alison Franklin — were launch­ing a poster com­pe­ti­tion cel­e­brat­ing 125 years since Kate Shep­pard and the suf­fragettes won the right for women to vote.

So the whole class got cre­ative and made posters, four of which were judged win­ners. En­tries came from across the Tararua. One was sent to the Prime Min­is­ter, as it fea­tured her and her daugh­ter stand­ing in front of the Bee­hive and is now on Jacinda Ardern’s of­fice wall. This re­ceived well over 19,000 likes on her Instagram ac­count.

The art­works then trav­elled the Dis­trict and were dis­played in the lo­cal li­braries in con­junc­tion with the Cups of Tea cel­e­bra­tions. They be­came the cen­tre of dis­cus­sions, where every­one shared sto­ries about the art­work and about how things were then.

Norse­wood jour­nal­ism stu­dents asked the ques­tions and par­ent/tu­tor Vanessa Dorreen wrote this re­port.

With their prizes and a book do­nated for the school’s li­brary fea­tur­ing fa­mous New Zealand Women from left to right: Back — Kingston, Cullen, Coun­cil­lor Shirley Hull, Mayor Tracy Col­lis, Grace, Natalie, Paige. Front — Ge­orge, Cooper, Henry.

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