Teacher to hang on a mo longer
Shave put on hold until school’s out
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.