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Smiles despite gloomy news
By MAT KERMEEN
GIRL POWER: Girls from Beckenham and Greenpark mixed together to play
games of sport.
Rugby was a lot of
fun for the boys
from both teams
Rose Carrick was
a star of the sack
A CHRISTCHURCH school that
understands loss brought some
much-needed cheer to Greenpark
School on Thursday.
Less than 24 hours after Edu-
cation Minister Hekia Parata con-
firmed that seven schools -- includ-
ing Greenpark -- will close at the
end of the year, a bus of Beckenham
School students arrived at their
Beckenham had a barbecue,
home made baking -- that students
and parents had cooked the night
before -- and a determination to
give Greenpark a fun-filled after-
The Christchurch school knows
all about loss. Their library was
destroyed by fire on January 10 this
The school was left with just 60 of
their 7000 books but less than six
months on, the library is back to
6000 books with principal Sandy
Hastings estimating they have only
purchased around 100.
The generosity has been amaz-
ing. They have come from every-
where, we even had some turn up
from Kent, in England last week.
Students and teachers vowed not
to forget the goodwill of others so
Beckenham teacher Bruce Rodger
jumped at the chance to take
students to Greenpark.
We are all about paying it back,
Mr Rodger said.
When we lost our library so
many schools came to our aid so it s
important that we do the same and
help others where we can.
Mr Rodger said as well as getting
to put some smiles on faces the
values and leadership qualities his
students were learning where
Ms Hastings is a former principal
at Ladbrooks School so knew
Greenpark principal Andrea Klas-
A member of the Canterbury Pri-
mary Principals Association, Ms
Hastings said when the decision
was made to buddy up unaffected
schools with each of the school s fac-
ing closure or merger, she wanted
to help Greenpark.
Ms Hastings said the visit was
only something little, but hoped
that Beckenham students had
helped brighten both the
Greenpark teachers and students
Greenpark staff were encouraged
to relax as Beckenham took over,
conducting a series of fun and
Music club marking first anniversary
A ROLLESTON music club is celeb-
rating one year of fostering young
and old music talent on Friday.
To celebrate one year of open mic
sessions at the Rolleston Rugby
Club, First Friday is holding a first
birthday celebration with a best of
The casual night will display some
of the best talent that has played at
the club in its first year.
Formed as a post-earthquake
measure to offer local musicians and
live music enthusiasts a place to
play, watch, develop, talk about and
listen to music, the club is encourag-
ing the public to get involved.
The open mic nights are held on
the first Friday of each month.
One of the key men in getting the
club off the ground, Duncan Sole,
said musicians of all ages, styles and
abilities have joined in during the
Music ranges from solo artists,
duos, bands and on occasions a poet.
Mr Sole said the club has been a
breeding ground for many young
entertainers who are welcomed to
try their hand at an instrument for
the first time.
We have had young guys who
play virtuoso guitar who have been
so shy they could not face the audi-
ence, but now they stand at the front
and command the stage like pros.
We have members who have gone
through the X-Factor auditions, one
of which made it through to the main
auditions in Auckland.
Mr Sole said with so many venues
being lost to Canterbury after the
earthquakes, it was important for
the development of musicians to
have somewhere to cut their teeth
and hone their skills in front of a
Gear is provided for anyone want-
ing to test themselves and there is
even a sound engineer who mixes the
sound and does the lighting.
Mr Sole said another aspect that is
crucial to the development of
musicians is video.
Anyone who gives their permission
is recorded and their work shows up
on group s Facebook page Ministry of
the Mind Music.
Friday night s celebrations get
underway at 7pm with live music
The club requests a $2 donation at
the door to help cover the costs of
running the club nights.
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