Yesterday evening was the Puketapu School Prizegiving. All the children from The Family are or have been pupils there. I am privileged to have been to the Prizegiving each year since the youngest of The Family, Catriona, first went to the school on her fifth birthday in 2006. This year the format was substantially the same but considerably shorter than last year.
|The school's band entertained us before the 'formal' proceedings|
|Girls perform the Maori Poi|
|The first year Merit Awards (3 per Room)|
|My teachers never wore shoes like that!|
|The seniors demonstrate many modern dance types over the last decade (Fraser in the centre with green spectacles)|
|Aiding the Head Teacher in his speech|
|Fraser (penultimate offspring) receiving the cup for the most dedicated gymnast. He's represented the school and performed in the NZ Nationals.|
|Frazer and his joint House captain receive the shield for the best House.|
|Senior top pupils about to leave giving their memories of their teachers over their times at the school|
All in all it is a very different occasion from any Prizegiving that I ever experienced: the air of formal recognition of achievement being combined with a wonderfully informal atmosphere (in which there are no school uniforms being worn) with lots of fun and performances.
I've been very proud and very thankful for the privilege of being part of it over the last six years.