Off with a bang

More pho­tos from Satur­day’s Fairhaven School Fire­works Gala

Te Puke Times - - Front Page - By STU­ART WHI­TAKER [email protected]­times.co.nz

It had fire­works, it had wa­ter, it had food and it had peo­ple — lots of peo­ple. The 21st Fairhaven School Think wa­ter Fire­works gala on Satur­day was a bel­ter — with the big­gest crowd the event has en­joyed for sev­eral years.

Prin­ci­pal Paul Hunt said he es­ti­mated be­tween 4000 and 5000 peo­ple made their way to the school grounds to en­joy the evening.

“I think that was be­cause we had such a lovely day — we hadn’t had such a lovely day for [the gala] for about six years I think,” he says.

Paul has been at the school for 16 years and he said the big crowd was rem­i­nis­cent of those of the gala in the ear­lier days of his prin­ci­pal­ship.

Get­ting dunked didn’t put a damp­ener on the evening — in fact with the right to dunk the prin­ci­pal sold at auc­tion, it just added to the money raised.

“I was amazed at the sup­port around that. I ex­pected $5 or $10 and in the end $95 was bid — it’s amaz­ing that peo­ple are want­ing to get be­hind the school and sup­port it like that.”

He was pleased with the way the event went.

“There was a re­ally good fam­ily at­mos­phere — peo­ple seemed to be re­ally en­joy­ing it and were mix­ing well.

He even heard of a cou­ple of Ger­man vis­i­tors who stum­bled across the gala and were dis­ap­pointed not to be able to try the hangi.

“Un­for­tu­nately all the hangi had sold out — that was an in­di­ca­tion of the crowd as well.”

The hot chip stall also had to put up the “all gone” sign, some­thing Paul can’t re­mem­ber hap­pen­ing be­fore.

“When you look at the fact that it’s put on by a group of par­ents and staff and the size of it, and it runs so smoothly, it’s pretty amaz­ing.”

Fire­works filled the sky over Fairhaven School once dark­ness fell on Satur­day evening.

Fairhaven School prin­ci­pal Paul Hunt gets dunked.

RIGHT: Jasleen Kaur, left, Yu­vraj Singh and Avleen Kaur on the bouncy mon­ster slide. A spec­tac­u­lar dis­play ended the night at Fairhaven School’s Thinkwa­ter Fire­works Gala.

Fairhaven School’s kapa haka group on stage at the school’s fire­works gala.

Se­nior fire­fighter Steve Hen­num of the Te Puke Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade with Helen Marsh­ment.

PHO­TOS / STU­ART WHI­TAKER

Ky­lah Pater­son, left, and Tay­lah Kit­son hav­ing fun on the kids’ cars.

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