Teacher to hang on a mo longer

Shave put on hold un­til school’s out

Whanganui Chronicle - - News - Lau­rel Stowell

Huntley School teacher David Leary grew a whop­per Movem­ber mo to raise aware­ness of men’s health is­sues . . . and now has to keep it un­til the end of the school year.

That’s be­cause he lost a bet with fel­low staff mem­ber Gareth Wood.

He at­tempted to do the “Huntley Drop” jump on the school’s moun­tain­bike track, but fell heav­ily. The con­se­quence is he must keep that mous­tache in place un­til school’s out.

The en­tire male staff of the prepara­tory board­ing school near Mar­ton grew mous­taches dur­ing No­vem­ber. The rest can shave them off now, head­mas­ter Sam Ed­wards says.

“I don’t think the wives are that keen. I would like to keep mine, but I don’t think Mrs Ed­wards would let me.”

Movem­ber this year was all about men’s men­tal health, and Ed­wards said the school had been “start­ing the con­ver­sa­tion” about skills like think­ing pos­i­tively, and show­ing tol­er­ance and kind­ness.

Huntley School has

130 boys and girls in Years 3 to 8, about 60 per cent of them board­ers.

They had a mufti day last Fri­day with a con­cert from the school’s rock band, and they were al­lowed to paint on their own mous­taches in a range of colours.

Fe­male staff at the school took on their own Movem­ber chal­lenge of walk­ing or run­ning 60 kilo­me­tres dur­ing the month — a kilo­me­tre each for the 60 men world­wide who com­mit sui­cide ev­ery hour.

The school also has a pop­u­lar new cater­ing man­ager, Rochelle Rauhihi, who did her ap­pren­tice­ship with Ruth Pretty Cater­ing. It’s her job to pro­vide three meals a day, and snacks, for the pupils and staff.

The chil­dren’s favourite so far are na­chos, home­made crispy chicken, am­brosia pud­ding and “any­thing with cho­co­late”, while staff en­joy the cooked break­fasts she makes on Fri­day morn­ings.

Teacher David Leary stands out from his Huntley School “mo bros” at rear.

Or­lando Ra­tima, Sam Cran­stone, Lau­ren Gille­spie and Fraser Case­ley form the Huntley rock band.

Huntley School’s new cater­ing man­ager Chon­telle Rauhihi cooks sausages for lunch.

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