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Pupils raise funds for literacy ‘champion’

Wednesday September 16, 2015 Written by Published in Education
Jewel Holford, an NCEA level two music student, performs in the rain. Jewel Holford, an NCEA level two music student, performs in the rain.

Teachers and students at Tereora College celebrated World Literacy Day to fundraise for their own champion of words last week.


The students put on a fabulous music concert and enjoyed the creative freedom of mufti day for a gold coin donation.

The donation was to show their support and faith in the outstanding work done in the Tereora College Library, headed by Norah Tuckett.

During the lunch break, music students performed for the crowd of supporters, showing their colours and weathering the constant showers.

However, even the rain could not dampen the spirits of the musicians who, under the guidance of music teacher Fabian Roberts, put on a spectacular show.

Roberts says the mufti day was also very successful as a fundraiser for Tuckett and her library, with the money going towards purchasing new books.

Tuckett would like to remind the community that the library is always open to donations too.

The Music Department is also always hopeful for donations from the community, as Roberts says they are under-resourced, especially with regard to musical instruments.

The literacy day concert had a double agenda as the Tereora Concert Night Out is just around the corner.

The music students from NCEA levels one and two will perform for up to 17 credits on the night, almost a quarter of their required yearly credits.

Roberts says the concert is a fundraiser for the music department and both soloists and bands will perform.

“The World Literacy Day concert was just the opportunity the students needed to shake off their nerves.”

The Tereora College Night Out is also a great opportunity for The Business Academy at Tereora to show their catering business skills.

Headed by Taiti Hosking, the group of students has already performed admirably throughout the year, catering for various college events.

The Tereora College Night Out is the night of September 23 at the college’s Princess Anne Hall and the entry fee is simply a gold coin donation. 

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