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Thursday June 22, 2017


Thousands raised for Berhampore School By Emma McAuliffe

Nearly two years after Berhampore: Stories of a School and Suburb was published the book has raised nearly $10,000 for Berhampore School. Berhampore: Stories of a School and Suburb was edited by Kerryn Pollock and Sadie Coe and collated with a small group others. The book was produced entirely by volunteer efforts and sold nearly 500 copies, with a handful still available from Berhampore School. Proceeds from the book have gone back to the school and have been used to purchase items for classrooms and bark for the playground. Kerryn said the book was written as a way to

Sadie Coe and Kerryn Pollock wrote a book detailling the history of Berhampore. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

celebrate the School’s centenary, which took place in October 2015. The group started the book in the summer holidays between 2014 and 2015. “We started in January 2015 and we all got cracking,” Kerryn said. “It needed to be about the school within the context of the suburb.” “Because we had a deadline of October 2015, we really had quite a tight year to work on it,” Sadie added. The book was divided into thematic chapters. “Before we started we identified what we thought were the distinctive parts of Berhampore,” Kerryn said. “We found social housing, orphanages, artists and creative people. We also had Athletic Park and shops.

“The other big thing about Berhampore was that it’s a very multicultural place.” The pair said they had managed to find out things they never knew about the suburb they lived in. “I was surprised with how many orphanages there were here,” Sadie said. “I was surprised at how much diversity there was here, even right from the start both culturally and in class. It was mostly a working class suburb but there would be mansions.” The pair said they hoped to have the book available online in PDF form soon and would be looking to have a film and photo night later in the year. “We are so grateful to the community for telling their stories,” Sadie said.

Mt Cook resident to play the Fox in opera Mt Cook resident, Alexandra Gandioncol, has been chosen to play the Fox in the New Zealand School of Music’s 2017 biennial opera production of The Cunning Little Vixen by Leoš Janáček. The Victoria University of Wellington based school announced the opera this week and would feature classical voice students performing alongside the New Zealand School of Music (NZSM) Orchestra conducted by NZSM senior tutor Kenneth Young. The production, presented in the Hannah Playhouse, will be directed by Jon Hunter, and designed by Owen McCarthy and Glenn Ashworth. The Cunning Little Vixen is based on a comic-strip story and was developed into a compelling reflection on the cycle of life and death by Leoš Janáček. Alexandra has been a choral

Alexandra Gandioncol has been selected for The Cunning Little Vixen. PHOTO: Supplied

scholar at the Orpheus Choir of Wellington and Sacred Heart Cathedral, as well as piano and voice teacher at local music schools and primary schools. She was a soloist in Cantoris Choir’s ‘Baroque to Broadway’ in early 2016, and later on she appeared as Susanna (Le


Nozze di Figaro) and Nannetta (Falstaff) in NZSM’s opera scenes production Collision. This year Alexandra was part of the Wellington Freemasons NZ Opera Chorus for Carmen. NZSM Head of Voice Margaret Medlyn said she was looking forward to the production and the practice of presenting full-length repertoire opera with students working alongside a professional creative team was unique in the country. “Once the students have learnt and developed the framework of the music and the meaning of the text, they really experience the joy of ‘letting go’, of creating, and trying different things on stage,” she said. The Cunning Little Vixen will be performed at the end of July.  For more information or to book head to www.hannahplayhouse.

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