Schools launch into gala season


It was galas galore over the weekend with Enner Glynn school and St Jospehs both hosting their festive community events, and there’s plenty more to come.

Some 2000 people attended Enner Glynn school’s biannual gala according to organiser Sharon Rose, and with  a sum of around $26,500 raised she says it was a huge success for the school.

The schools kiwiana themed event was held on Sunday and featured student kapahaka, zumba and band performances, face painting, raffles, food, drink and dancing, and the turnout was wonderful says Sharon.

“It’s fantastic to see everyone here, a lot of parents have come along to watch their children perform, or see the kiwiana art they’ve made. Everyone is just having a great time.”

Sharon praised the community support for the gala, “Considering all the other events on at the moment, the turnout was just amazing, it was an incredible amount of support from our community.”

The school donates some of the gala proceeds to charity every time it is held, and this year the money will go to the Nelson Rescue Helicopter and the rest will update an old wooden playground at the school.”We want to put it towards the new playground as we are a community school.  A lot of students and families use the grounds on the weekends and after school.”

St Joseph’s raised $28,000 at their evening gala on Saturday night and Grove St Kindergarten raised $5000 on Sunday, with St Joseph’s principal  Mike Burton saying the gala was “one of the best turnouts we’ve had”.

Auckland Point School is ‘bringing country to town’ with its fair this Saturday from 11am until 3pm, and Stoke School Gala will be held that evening from 3pm until 7pm.