Te Kauwhata Primary School gala set to help send students to camp

November 3, 2017

Georgia Mannion, left, Libby Robson and Jada Potter are three students creating items to sell at the Te Kauwhata Primary School Wild and Wonderful gala with PTA member Lauren Hughes as part of the organising group.

All things zany will be featured at this year's Te Kauwhata Primary School Wild and Wonderful Gala. The biennial event which showcases a different theme each time is set for November 11.

School PTA member Lauren Hughes said this year was about wild animals, nature and "lots of zaniness". Not only is it a community event, but it is set out be one of the school's major fundraisers organised by the PTA. Funds raised will go towards sending the year 6 students to camp as well as helping the building fund and an upgrade of the playground. Hughes said hundreds of people usually come through the gates during the event.

With stalls set to sell various items, Hughes said students have been making crafts specifically for the camp fundraiser. "It's always a really fun day and the kids are taking more ownership. "Held between 10am and 2pm, there will be plenty food and fun for the crowds.

Hughes said the aim is always providing an affordable day out for all ages. "This year we have more of a carnival feel.

"The Te Kauwhata Fire Brigade will also be on board again to provide an obstacle course, she said. And the famous spooky house will be back which is done in one of the classrooms with former primary school students taking part as the scarers. Hughes said gunge the teacher is also a favourite and voting booths have been open over the last few weeks to nominate two teachers. "There's always a fight on who is able to pull the rope."

A wild writing competition was also established for the children to work on prior to the event. "It was to get the kids writing creatively which is a big focus at the school this year," Hughes said. Principal Vicki Saunders said the camp was an important time for the students before going to college.

Every year the year six students go to Karakariki near Whatawhata. "It's kind of a celebration of what they have achieved.

"While the intention is always to keep the price manageable to ensure all children can go, the gala's proceeds will be helpful to make up the shortfall, Saunders said.

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