On Tuesday 2nd July, Hellen Burley pulled up in our carpark and proceeded to walk into Whaea Kerry Walsh’ Alternative Education room carrying several bags.
In those bags were over 100 ball gowns, and not just gowns from the 80’s. Brand. New. Ball. Gowns! And most with the price tag still attached.
Hellen – whose her son, Daniel is in Year 13 – has donated these to our kura, so that no young lady wishing to attend this years ball (or next year, or the one after that etc) has to go without!
But that wasn’t the end of her generosity, she then took half-a-dozen girls of the ball committee down to the salon, and booked not one, not two, not three, but 21!!! appointments for our girls to get their glam on for the ball, she has also sorted make-up as well!
This amazingly generous act of kindness has been picked up by media across the country, going to print in the Coastal News, the Taranaki Daily News and online at the Taranaki Community News and on Stuff.
Words can’t express how grateful the school and our senior girls are towards Hellen’s generosity, the 2019 Ball might just be the best ever!
Opunake High School, together with Sandfords Event Centre was privileged to host the 2019 Nga Manu Korero and Pae Rangatahi speech and kapahaka regional competitions at the end of June.
For our rangatahi this was a fantastic opportunity to stand in front of their peers and represent their culture. For Thomas Tito, his opportunity to speak in the junior section was the culmination of several months preparation (check out Tom’s account under student achievement). In the Pae Rangatahi section, the members of our own Te Roopu Kapahaka o Te Haumoana joined with students from Stratford High as one group, unfortunately, illness in the week leading up to the competition left us light on numbers, however those who were able to perform delivered a mighty account of themselves, and should feel full of pride in their achievement.
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