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Pop Up Christmas makes its way to Wainuiomata By Emma McAuliffe

Locals had the chance to get in the holiday spirit this week at a special event at the Queen Street Reserve. The Hutt City Council Pop Up Christmas made its way to Wainuiomata on Monday evening. The two hour event featured a pantomime by Lower Hutt playwright Geraldine Brophy and a band of carollers. Several families attended the Pop Up which saw children entertained by

the pantomime, edited to feature references to schools around town. “I smell a Wainuiomata Primary and I smell an Arakura School,” a character in the play said to giggles from the younger members of the audience. Pop Up Christmas took place in eight suburbs around Lower Hutt this year including Wainuiomata. The final performance took place in Eastbourne on Tuesday. T he events were organised by the Hutt City

Council following the success of the 2015 Pop Up Carols. “We had such an awesome response to last year’s carols across the city we did it again this year. “People loved the concept of bringing Christmas to the suburbs and having a series of events meant there was more than one option for busy families to choose from,” Hutt City Council city promotions manager Brad Monaghan said, earlier this year.

The pantomime taking place.

Prizegiving celebrates junior success

A magical end to the year

By Emma McAuliffe

An Arakura Kindergarten student with Zappo the Magician. PHOTO: Supplied.

A local kindergarten had a magical end to the school year last week. Arakura Kindergarten celebrated the end of the year with a magic show performed by Zappo the Magician. Head teacher Debbie Henderson said Zappo was a regular at Arakura’s end of the year celebrations

and his forty minute show “captivated his audience” including the kindergarten students, their siblings and parents. “They were amazed, they laughed and the appearance of Jelly the rabbit had them all gathered round hoping that they would get to have a pat.

“Some of the tamariki even had the opportunity to become Zappo’s assistant and help him to perform his amazing magic,” she said.  Children and teachers at Arakura Kindergarten would be starting back at kindergarten on Wednesday, January 25 2017.

The last of the high school prizegivings took place last Thursday and celebrated the junior members of Wainuiomata High School. This year the school introduced a new point system for the students which could then be rewarded in the form of a bronze, silver or gold certificate. High school principal Martin Isberg said the school introduced the gold certificate system as a way for students to begin to prepare for NCEA. “It’s an aspirational goal. We can all do better in what we do. It’s a combination of academic achievement, working with others and managing yourself,” he said. The Hutt South candidates for both National and Labour gave speeches at the prize giving, encouraging students to work hard whilst quoting other famous names. “Nobody is going to give you anything you haven’t earned,” Chris Bishop told the audience quoting US President Barrack Obama. “Education gives you the tools and skills to go forward,” said Ginny Andersen quoting Sir Apirana Ngata. The award for top year 9 student went to Sarah McLeod-Venu and the top year 10 student was Tessa Smoothy.

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