Tasman Leader : September 19th 2013
12 THE TASMAN LEADER, SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 NEWS Christine Cook Christine Cook 'A trusted name in Real Estate' 544 8778 Licensee Salespeople (RRAA 2008) • Sale and Purchase of Commercial Properties • Leases • Family Trusts Jon Tidswell -- Commercial Yellow Pages House, 2nd floor, 190 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010 M 027 222 6607 | E email@example.com Tel 03 539 0210 i Fax 03 539 0215 i www.hflaw.co.nz Hamish.Fletcher Lawyers Jon Tidswell LLB BA 5585244AD 5556256AA C C Ch h ho o oiiic c ce e e Getting ready: Some of the students organising this weekend's Motueka High School ball. From left, Kate McEntee, Hayley Barton, Harry Townsend holding Sophie Harrison, and ball committee chair Sydney Lash. Photo: ALASTAIR PAULIN Don't be late for high school ball By ALASTAIR PAULIN The Motueka High School Ball may be later in the year than usual but don t be late to the opening or you ll miss out on the wacky arrivals. Making a grand entrance is a beloved tradition at the school, with hundreds of people from proud parents to curious seasonal workers thronging around the entrance to see what bizarre mode of transport will deliver the formally clad students this year. In the past, students have arrived via penny farthing, 18-wheelers, Percy the tank engine and a fine array of vintage cars. This year s organising committee did not want to give away too many secrets but did let slip that several tractors would be making an appear- ance this Saturday night. The ball has been moved by the board of trustees from the traditional mid-winter date to later in the year to try to encourage school attendance by year 13 pupils. The theory was that those students whose main motivation to stay for year 13 was social had tended to leave school after the ball. The right to attend the ball is reserved to students with an attend- ance record of at least 90 per cent. The move also means the arrivals are likely to be less chilly than in previous years. This year s ball theme is Le Cirque . Sydney Lash, chair of the ball com- mittee, said copyright issues stopped the committee s first choice of Cirque de Soleil. To bring the magic of the circus to the ball they have attractions such as a clown head ball game from Sturgeon s Amusements, candy floss, mini-hot dogs and toffee apples. MC Bashan King will be in charac- ter -- and costume -- as a top-hatted ringmaster and students can mem- orialise their big night in a filmstrip photo booth. About 200 students from years 11 through 13 will attend, with ticket prices $40 each. Sydney said that in previous years she had looked around the ball and thought: This doesn t take much to organise but now I m on the com- mittee, I can see all the work. She said about 20 students had been involved in preparations for the ball. Committee member Hayley Bar- ton said the night was a night for girls to dress up and feel pretty and fellow committee member Kate McEntee said it was a chance to dance with friends. But Hayley thought the highlight might be in the lead-up to the big night: I reckon it s just good seeing the boys sweat it out trying to find a date. Doors open at 7.45pm this Saturday at the Motueka High School Hall and will close at 8.30pm. The students advise being at the entrance at 7.30pm to stake out a good viewing spot.
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