Wednesday December 13, 2017
Everyone welcome at Pop-Up Christmas By Dan Whitfield
Christmas is coming to the heart of Wainuiomata. The Wainuiomata PopUp Christmas is set to be held at and around the Queen Street Reserve on Sunday, December 17. Chloe Young, who is helping organise the local event, says everyone is welcome and are encouraged to come down to Queen St, bring a picnic or grab a takeaway, and join
the rest of the community for some Christmas cheer. “I love Christmas and get very excited around this time,” Chloe says. “The Wainuiomata Pop-Up Christmas is a community bash where everyone is welcome, all before Christmas.” Chloe explains that there is lots planned for the day including carols, kids crafts and fun activities, games for the whole family, a sausage sizzle, face-painting – and
even a visit from Santa Claus. The dream result for Chloe would be seeing lots of families from Wainuiomata there on the day, enjoying the event. “Like I said, I love Christmas and was more than happy to help out with this event. What’s even better is everything will be free so it would be great to see everyone come along,” she says. The event will start at 5pm and run until 7pm. Esther Venning from Love
Wainuiomata says though this year’s event is a trial, her hope is to see it happen every year. “December is pretty busy, that’s why we’re looking at putting on something for everyone and building towards next year,” Esther says. “We want people to feel at home on Queen Street.” Esther says the event will get people into the area and bring the Christmas spirit to the community.
International friendships made through partnership By Dan Whitfield
International friendships have and will continue to be made thanks to a partnership between Wainuiomata Primary School and Sanui Elementary School in South Korea. Principals Allison Burdan and Sung Chul Yoon came together on Monday to announce a sister-city relationship between their schools. This was the first time the group from Sanui Elementary School had visited New Zealand. The group included 15 10 to 12-year-olds. Pupils were also integrated into the school curriculum for the rest of the week. Virginia Wilson, international dean at Wainuiomata High School, was one of a team who helped organise the partnership between the two schools. She says that it is about giving students the ability to learn and experience another culture and also build friendships internationally.
inbrief news Carol night at Pioneer Church A sing-a-long carol night has been planned at Pioneer Church this evening. The community is invited to attend the event at the church located on Coast Road. Singing is starting at 7pm and a supper will be provided.
Summer pools open for longer With summer well and truly here, Hutt City Council has announced it will be extending the opening hours of its summer pools. Wainuiomata Summer Pool will be open until 8pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from December 11-22, then Monday, December 18 and Wednesday, December 20. McKenzie Baths Summer Pool and Eastbourne Summer Pool will also be open longer.
Wainui girl gets certificate from the Queen
Students and principals from both Wainuiomata Primary School and Sanui Elementary School in South Korea gather together. PHOTO: Dan Whitfield
“It’s a step towards global peace. Everyone gets to understand each other, where they are from and what’s affecting them,” Virginia says. She says the new relation-
ship means pupils from both schools get to make new friends, with the idea for the communication to continue for years to come. “South-east Asia is close
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Cassandra Fellows, along with other young women from around New Zealand, was recently presented with a Queen’s Award Certificate from Her Excellency Dame Patsy Reddy at Government House in Wellington. A dinner function was held for the recipients and their families, with awards presented by Charlotte Saunders, National Commissioner Girls’ Brigade New Zealand. The Girls’ Brigade Queen’s Award is a two-year programme of demanding work which, for Cassandra, included six months voluntary community service (Wainuiomata Community Hub), two initiative tasks (an Area Event – Teddy Bears Picnic and Host and Event – Movie Night), an assignment (Fabric – Graduation Dress) and attending a national assessment weekend.
Published on Dec 12, 2017