Posts made in November, 2010

12 November

Posted by on Nov 11, 2010 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 12 November

Dear Parents

A big thank you to Susanne Brown and the Fair Committee for organising another excellent school fair last Sunday. Thank you to all the teachers, children and parent helpers who ensured its success by helping on the day. Once again we had good weather after a shaky start and everyone had an enjoyable time.

Many of you will have read the article in this week’s ‘New Idea’, about McKenzie in Room 6. Next Friday, 19 November is ‘Red Nose Day’ in support of Cure Kids. To support this, we will be selling red noses for $2, at school next week. The children can wear these at school on Friday. All money received will go to Cure Kids through Paper Plus Book shops.

Our prayers are with the Sievwright & McDowell families this week.

Year 6 Camp
Next week Mrs Lieshout and the Year 6 children will be at Bannockburn – I will be away to join them from Wednesday. Any queries are directed to Mrs Buxton or ring me on 0274918694.

Congratulations to:
Keegan Fiebig who won a scholarship from Southland Boys High School for the 2011 school year.
Patrice Brookland who is 1 of 6 girls picked to perform on stage this weekend in The Nutcracker with The Royal New Zealand Ballet.

Enrolments
We are currently organising 2011 classes. Please let us know if you have pre-school children not already enrolled, or know of other children likely to attend Sacred Heart next year.

Basketball Results
Shooters won 20 – 13
Sharks won 20 – 2
Slamdunkers lost 8 – 12
Spurs won by default

Lost at the school fair a small stainless steel multi-tool to fit a key chain. If found, could it please be handed in to the school office. Thank you.

Girls Soccer Boots Size 2
If anyone is interested in a pair of brand new boots, please enquire at the office or contact Meg O’Connell.

Babysitter Available
End of November to mid February, Monday – Friday. I have just completed year 13 and have a car license. Enquiries to Alice Boyle 215-8319.

Free Budget Seminar – Wednesday 17th November
Session times are: 12 – 2 pm or 7 – 9 pm.
Check out the notice board in the junior corridor for registration details.

Otautau You N Lamb Festival – See notice board for events on next week.

GET INTO GOLF EVEING! Queen’s Park Golf Club 23rd November 4 – 7 pm. We have all the equipment, we just want you and your family to come along and have some Fun.
Queries to 03 9310082.

Head Lice
It’s now 5 weeks into the term and the weather is getting warmer so head lice will probably begin showing up again. Nit-Enz is so easy & half the price of other natural head lice products!
$15.35 NIT-ENZ Certified Organic Shampoo 225ml (will last approx a school term when used as directed)! $10.20 NIT-ENZ Head Lice Repellent Hair Gel 200ml or Hair Spray 165ml.
Use as a normal shampoo twice a week, normal conditioner afterwards, and you won’t have to worry about head lice again! Nit-Enz is NOW available from Ascot 4 Square, on Tay Street, or for further details visit www.nit-enz.com

Room 6 Class Happenings

Here is some of the Room 6 writing about the school fair last Sunday.

On Sunday, 7 November 2010, the school fair was on and lots of people were there. We had a BBQ and pony rides. It was so much fun but the first thing I did was the hair do! The lady put my hair in a bun with glitter and spray. I looked pretty and after that I went on the bouncy castle. I went boing, boing! It was fun. After that I decided to get a piece of candy floss. It was yummy but I got a little sticky but that was OK because I could always wash it off. Afterwards I got my face painted. It was a butterfly with purple, pink, blue and green. It was pretty. I liked it. Then I thought I could try to win something off the chocolate wheel but I didn’t and then everybody got tired and went home. After I got home I wrote a story about it and had an ice block. It was cold. Macy Richardson

It was the fair on Sunday. I was very happy. Piper and I ran together for the whole fair. When Dad was driving the boat, Piper and I jumped in. Dad said, “No free rides” so no free rides. We jumped out. I saw Chloe, my friend from St John’s penguins. From the ice cream van I bought a chocolate bomb and some ice cream. I had 4 candy floss bags and some fizzy. I bought two guns for Jack. I did the Lucky Dip two times. The chocolate wheel is a good waste of money. I wish it was chocolate but it was not. After the fair, I played. Caitlin Smith

Before I went to the fair I was playing with my cousin Brody then we went to the fair. I got a spider and an ice block too. I got to go on the boat and the bungy. I got my hair sprayed orange and yellow and spikes all over my head. My dad and Nana and I tried the chocolate wheel and my Nana won the chocolate wheel. She got a netball with signatures on it. I had the best time in my life.
Shaun Wilks

I went to the Sacred Heart School fair on Sunday. The school fair was fun. My Dad’s friend had a son and his name was Zak and I got a star wars gun and it was cool. I got some candy floss. It was yummy. Max and I played tag with Brenna and Paige in the bouncy castle. It was fun. I went on the bouncy castle 4 times. Sometimes I went with Caleb and sometimes I went with Max. The school fair was really cool. I went on the boat ride. It was really fast. A truck was pulling it around. I had a sore leg when I got off the bouncy castle. I got a drink with Max. He got orange and I got the same as him. I got a game at the white elephant. It was a war game. It was ‘Knights vs Ogres”. I played it at home and the Star Wars gun can shoot bullets. I got a dinosaur book. It tells all about dinosaurs.
McKenzie Devlin

Please feel free to come in and read your child’s writing. There are some great newspaper reporters in Room 6.

PTA ~ Fair
A huge thank you goes out to the whole school community for your support in making last Sunday’s school fair such a success. This includes not only your help in the stalls, set-up and clean-up on the day, but also for your baking, gifts, donated goods and sponsorships – without any of this the fair could not take place. Over the next couple of weeks we will be acknowledging those businesses who supported us and ask that, where you can, you look to support them to.

I would personally like to thank the Fair Committee who was made up of volunteer parents from throughout the school, who worked tirelessly in the background preparing for the day to ensure it was a success. Without such a dedicated and hard working team these types of events never happen.

Special thanks to Miss Tagamoa, who was our staff representative on the committee, and who also gave up lots of valuable time and energy to participate fully in the whole event.

Thanks also to all the older children from rooms 8 & 9 who helped on the stalls throughout the day, and to the Mr Forde and all the staff, board and parents, ex pupils, who all volunteered their time to help either before or on the day of, to ensure everyone had the chance to enjoy the day.

We hope to have the approximate profit total very soon as we wait for the final costs and last of the remaining funds to be banked. At this point though we are very happy with the interim results and believe it to be another very successful school fair.

It was a fantastic day for families to get together as part of our Sacred Heart School community to have some fun and enjoy each other’s company, whilst raising money for a very worthwhile cause and something we all have a vested interest in.
Thanks again to everyone. Susanne Brown ~ PTA Chairman

Calendars – Don’t be worried if you didn’t get a chance to order your child’s school calendar on the day of the fair, these will be on display and available to be ordered later this month. Details will be sent home with an order form. For those who did order at the fair and did not pay on the day – we will require payment at the same time the class order forms will be due (late November/early December) or you can also leave your payment with Christine at the office now.
Thanks
PTA

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5 November

Posted by on Nov 11, 2010 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 5 November

Dear Parents

Only 2 days to go until the School Mass & Fair. A reminder for all children to be at school, lined up in the foyer (in mufti) at 10.15 am for 10.30 Mass.
Please note the times for delivery of goods for the fair.
We hope Mrs Lieshout had a great time at the Melbourne Cup this week, as part of a competition Mr Lieshout won.
Welcome to Pip Cunningham & Melissa Ballard, student teachers in Room 8 & 2. We hope they enjoy their time at our school.

Congratulations to Jake Meikle who got 1st in the South Island Motor-Cross Champs last weekend.

Our prayers are with the Van Eeden family this week.

Enrolments
We are currently organising 2011 classes. Please let us know if you have pre-school children not already enrolled, or know of other children likely to attend Sacred Heart next year.

New Library
We have had confirmation the new room will arrive on Monday 22nd of this month. Also that plans are underway to build a veranda along the junior side of the school.
More information on this as it arrives.

Activity Fees
Final overdue notices will be sent out shortly.

Numeracy Support
We are looking for parents to help one afternoon a week with maths support. The sessions will incorporate some counting and playing of games with groups of four children. If you are interested, please see Miss Swney.

School Photos
These must be in by Wednesday 10th November please.

Dental Therapist
The Waihopai School Dental Clinic intend seeing all the Sacred Heart children in 2 – 3 weeks time. Appointments will be made for mornings or late afternoon.

Lost Jersey – with the name Jules Barclay. Please check at home.

Basketball Results
Shooters won 15 – 14
Sharks had a bye
Slamdunkers lost 2 – 44
Spurs lost 16 – 22

Mountain Bike Club – 14th November
The Southland Mountain Bike Club is holding the Southland Times Kids Skids mountain bike experience on Sunday the 14th of November at the Sandy Point Mountain Bike tracks at 11am. The event is for bikers aged 5 to 12 and will feature different courses for each age group. Keep an eye out for the entry forms in the Southland Times or you can download one and full details of the event from the club’s website www.southlandmtbclub.co.nz. There will be heaps of spot prizes and giveaways plus a skills area to test you out. Get together with some friends and get on your bike!

Kittens to Give Away
1 grey, 1 tabby half Burmese male Kittens to give away. 10 weeks old. Contact Kerry 0274487785.

SACRED HEART SCHOOL FAIR Sunday 7th November

Only 2 sleeps to go, remember to tell all your friends and family that Sacred Heart School is having a Fair on THIS Sunday the 7th November. IT’S GOING TO BE GREAT FUN!!!

Before Mass on Sunday please!!!

Cake walk bakers, we would love if anybody could bake a nice cake for this, please take your cake to the hall kitchen. (These are then wrapped in cellophane, by volunteers on the morning of the fair, to look gorgeous for the cake walk auction)

Home baking to be sold in the cake stall – this can be anything like biscuits, cakes, muffins, loaves, slices, homemade lollies etc. These can be dropped at the hall kitchen on Sat 6th Nov, between 2.00pm and 3.00pm, or prior to 10.30am on Sunday morning.

Scones for our Devonshire Tea stall. Below we have published the recipe and ask any parents who are able to make a batch for Sunday to do so – please deliver fresh or frozen scones to the hall prior to 10.30am. (Frozen is fine as they thaw fast)

White elephant stall anything for this can be delivered Sat 9am – 3pm to the hall, or if you can’t make it on Saturday then, between 9 -10am Sunday morning.

Also gardeners, if there are veggies spare in the garden (or in Granddad’s) please bring these prior to 10.30am on the day of the Fair for the Chocolate Wheel – these are always a hit.

Kids remember to bring your coins on the day to help with the flow of change.
Eftpos will be available in the office but it would be great if families could bring some cash to start.
Plastic shopping bags are always needed to carry purchases so bring to the hall kitchen if you have spare.
The weather is going to be fine so sun block and hats so we are safe in the sun.
(Extra sun block can be found at the face painting if you forget!)

Adults with the red caps on are either selling chocolate wheel tickets, are helping in the white elephant or are on the fair committee and can answer questions about furniture, site plan etc.

Summary

Hall kitchen
Baking, cake walk cakes, bottles for the choc wheel bottle auction, plastic bags, scones,

Hall Sat 9am -2pm white elephant stuff

Scone Recipe (can be doubled)
2 cups self raising flour
Half cup lemonade
Half cup cream
Bake at 200 degrees for approx 10 mins
Please freeze and bring the morning of the school fair

Remember to ask for fine weather in your prayers and have lots and lots of fun!!

Room 5 Class Happenings

On Wednesday we went and watched the Tour of Southland whiz past school.
In writing we have been learning to make sure we include interesting words in our stories. Below are some children’s recounts on Wednesday’s Tour of Southland.

Today we cheered really loud for the Tour of Southland. It made me feel happy because they went so fast past our school. It was really cool that we got to make flags to wave to the hundreds of cyclists. I think that our class was the loudest. By Sionelle

This morning we didn’t have prayers first thing we went and watched the cyclists go past our school. We cheered real loud because a man said if we cheer real loud it would make the cyclists go extra fast. By Kate

On Wednesday morning we went and watched the Tour of Southland and I got a banger.
I didn’t even bang it loud. Some people were handing out lollies, but I didn’t get any. The bikers came past fast. There were lots and lots of bikers; I think their legs will get sore.
By Shaun

In the morning we watched the Tour of Southland. I made a flag. We needed to cheer loud. Our whole school came out. I felt happy because I don’t get to watch the cyclists much. There were lots of cyclists, they were cycling to Tuatapere.
I saw some people from the Share the Road team. By Jakobe

In R.E we are learning about Saints and the qualities that they hold.
Saint Nicholas is my favourite saint because he gives to others. By Ben

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton is my favourite saint because she never gave up and got the schools for the children she taught. By Devan

Joan of Arc is my favourite saint because she pretended to be a boy so she could fight for her country. By Emma M

PLEASE REMEMBER TWO THINGS:
HAVE YOUR SUNHAT AT SCHOOL EACH DAY
NO TOYS TO BE BROUGHT TO SCHOOL

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28 October

Posted by on Nov 1, 2010 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 28 October

Dear Parents

Only one week to go until the school fair. Please keep the items coming in to the office and look out for the forms circulating to help with the various stalls the classrooms are responsible for.
We were visited this week by the “Share the Road” Tour of Southland team with their message promoting bike safety on the roads. We look forward to fine weather next week while the Tour is on.

Our prayers are with the Reitsma-Smith family this week.

Office Closed
Mrs Forbes and I are away tomorrow morning so the office will be closed.
The phone will be checked on a regular basis.

Activity Fees
At present we have 22 families with outstanding activity fees, sports fees or uniform costs. These equate to $2745 and the school is not in a position to cover these debts. Please arrange payment as soon as possible.
At present some parents use the purchase now, pay later method which usually works. But with an increasing number of unsettled accounts, this option may no longer be available. A large number of parents use the drip feed, direct credit option, which is a win win situation for both parties. Please see Christine if you are unsure of any debts.

Numeracy Support
We are looking for parents to help one afternoon a week with maths support. The sessions will incorporate some counting and playing of games with groups of four children. If you are interested, please see Miss Swney.

Congratulations to Eli & Anika Winders & Aimee Brookland who between them all got 1sts, 2nds, 3rds & VHCs in the Open Tap Dancing competition held last weekend.

Touch Southland will be using SportCheck text messaging system this season.
This is for any last minute changes, cancellations and defaults. You can receive a txt message from Touch Southland but there is a cost.
Option 1: 50cents per text or Option 2: 25cents per text, charged at a one-off $5 for 20 texts. If you are interested in putting your name forward for this, please see Miss T or email stagomoa@shsinv.school with your cellphone number and child’s team name.

Weet-Bix Tryathlon 2011 registrations are open now. You need to be between 7 – 15 years of age and can enter as a team or individual. For any further information see Miss T.

Room 8 request
Do you have any old Jars, Juice Bottles, buttons, ribbon, bright coloured tests pots of paint, bright material, or any other crafty bits n bobs?
Please drop them into Room 8, they will be gratefully received.

Basketball Results
Shooters won 15 – 14
Sharks won 24 – 2
Slamdunkers drew 4 – 4
Spurs lost 15 – 27

Children’s Fashion Show – All Saint’s Church – 6th November 10 – 12 pm
$10 entry. Morning Tea & children’s entertainment provided.

SACRED HEART SCHOOL FAIR Sunday 7th November

Only 2 weeks to go, remember to tell all your friends that Sacred Heart School is having a Fair on Sunday the 7th November 2010. Please make sure your bright posters/flyers advertising the fair have found their way into places people can see them, extras are available from the office should you have a need for anymore.

Cake bakers, our cake walk auction works like musical chairs, each person takes a ticket and the cake is won and taken home by the person on the winning chair, when the music stops. We would love to know if anybody could bake a nice cake for this, please give your name to the office or to Carolyn 2159662 (these are wrapped in cellophane, by volunteers on the morning of the fair, to look gorgeous and extremely desirable to cake lovers).
We are also after any home baking to be sold in the cake stall – this can be anything like biscuits, cakes, muffins, loaves, slices, homemade lollies etc. These are very sought after on the day, so it would be great if you could help us to supply some home baking for this stall. These can be dropped at the hall on Sat 6th Nov between 2.00pm and 3.00pm, or prior to 10.30am on the day of the fair.

Some of you may have already had a call from a volunteer parent within your class, and others will be contacted over the next two weeks. We are asking parents to help where you can and join your child’s class roster to man the stall this class is responsible for or in some cases, help us to man other stalls where greater numbers of volunteers may be required.

As advised last week, we need scones for our Devonshire Tea stall on the day of the fair. To help keep our costs to a minimum, we ask our parent community to help in making the scones. Below we have published the recipe and ask any parents, who are able, to make a batch now and store these in your freezer to bring on the day of the fair (or make them the weekend of the Fair) – we would really appreciate your help with these.

Thanks to those families who have already left a bottle at the office. Remember we are asking for each family to donate a bottle for our mystery bottle auction on the chocolate wheel and as we’ve only had about 20 in so far, we really would appreciate if these could be left at the office asap. We need to prepare these for the day and can do this in advance, so it would be great if you could help take some of the stress out of the few days prior to the fair and get these to the office this week.

Please keep stashing items for the white elephant stall. Also gardeners, if there are veggies spare in the garden (or in Granddad’s) please bring these on the day of the Fair for the Chocolate Wheel – these are always a hit.
Kids remember to keep those coins to bring on the day to help with the flow of change.

Scone Recipe (can be doubled)
2 cups self raising flour
Half cup lemonade
Half cup cream
Bake at 200 degrees for approx 10 mins.
Please freeze and bring the morning of the school fair.

Room 3 Class Happenings

I brought my Peking ducklings to school and I got to pick one up in my hand. Other people were patting the ducklings. The mother duck wasn’t a good mother because she didn’t sit on the eggs. So we got a bantam to sit on the eggs instead. George

Room 3 got to see George’s ducklings and it was fun. The ducklings looked something like a yellow duck. They had little beaks. Luke

On Wednesday morning George brought a basket of ducklings to school. When the ducklings were eggs, the mother duck did not like looking after them. So a bantam looked after the eggs. The ducklings were four days old. They were Peking ducks. Jasmine

On Wednesday the 20th of October George brought ducklings to school. The ducklings were four days old and they were cute and cuddly. The mother duck wasn’t a good mother so George’s dad got a bantam to sit on the eggs. The bantam was fluffy as. She had her mouth open because she was worried. Xanthe

Remember to check out our blog at www.room3shsinv.blogspot.com to see what we have been doing in class.

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22 October

Posted by on Nov 1, 2010 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 22 October

Dear Parents

A big thanks to the PTA for running such a successful disco last night. The children had a great time, it was much appreciated.
The countdown is on to the School Fair on Sunday 7th November. Each class this year is responsible for individual activities or stalls and I ask that you avail of your time if asked.

Activity Fees
At present we have 22 families with outstanding activity fees, sports fees or uniform costs. These equate to $2745 and the school is not in a position to cover these debts. Please arrange payment as soon as possible.
At present some parents use the purchase now, pay later method which usually works. But with an increasing number of unsettled accounts, this option may no longer be available. A large number of parents use the drip feed, direct credit option, which is a win win situation for both parties. Please see Christine for any further details.

Welcome to Braedyn Francis who joined the children in Room 1 on Monday.

Phone Outage
Our apologies for anyone trying to contact the school this morning. The contractors laying pipes for the new building accidentally cut the phone lines.

Numeracy Support
We are looking for parents to help one afternoon a week with maths support. The sessions will incorporate some counting and playing of games with groups of four children. If you are interested, please Miss Swney.

Congratulations:
MX Competitions – To Jake Meikle who returned this week after taking home the titles “King of the Canterbury” in Christchurch, and the “South Island Champs” in Reefton, in his age group class for MX. Jake would like to thank all the mum’s who sacrificed their waist measurements in support of his chocolate sales.

Mitre 10 Takahe Art Competition – To Abby Humm & Caitlin Smith, whose art work has been chosen for national judging in the above competition. Both their art work will be on display at the New Dowse Art Gallery in Wellington next month.

Gymnastics – To Patrice Brookland who won a gold medal in Level 3C Women’s Gymnastics & a Silver medal for the individual bar apparatus for overall Level 3. Patrice’s team also came first in the Southern Gym Competition which was held in Balclutha last weekend.

Basketball Results
Shooters lost 14 – 30
Sharks won 20 – 4
Slamdunkers lost 2 – 20
Spurs lost 15 – 24
PTA

Now is the time to get the word out that Sacred Heart School is having a Fair on Sunday 7th November 2010. We have included with this week’s newsletter for each family, a couple of our bright posters/flyers advertising the fair. We would love it if you could arrange to put these up in your workplaces, local shopping centres, fish & chip shops etc – anywhere that they may be viewed by people who may like to come to the fair. Extras will be available from the office should you have a need for anymore. Special thanks to Juliette Clapperton for producing these for us. Also watch out for a photo and info about the fair in the Express – they have been into school and we hope to see this in next week’s issue.

Some of you may have already had a call from a volunteer parent within your class, and others will be contacted over the next two weeks. We are asking parents to help where you can and join your child’s class roster to man the stall they are responsible for. Or in some cases help us to man other stalls where greater numbers of volunteers may be required.

As advertised last week we need scones for our Devonshire Tea stall. To help keep our costs to a minimum, we ask our parent community to help in making these scones. Below we have published the recipe and ask any parents, who are able, to make a batch now, freeze them and bring on the day of the fair. Alternatively make fresh on the day.
We would really appreciate your help with these:
Scone Recipe (can be doubled)
2 cups self raising flour
Half cup lemonade
Half cup cream
Bake at 200 degrees for approx 10 mins.
Please freeze and bring the morning of the school fair.

Thanks to those families who have already left a bottle at the office.
Please remember we are asking for each family to donate a bottle for our mystery bottle auction on the chocolate wheel – this can be any sealed bottle e.g. wine, sauce, cleaner ??? Each bottle is wrapped and the fun is bidding or taking tickets on something unknown! Please leave at the office asap.

Please keep stashing items for the White Elephant stall.
Items can now be left at the office for those families unable to deliver them on the Saturday prior to the fair. We have plenty of storage space available so items large or small are accepted.
If you want Trish to pick up any items, please contact her on 215-8292.

Also gardeners, if there are veggies spare in the garden (or in Grandad’s) please bring these on the day for the chocolate wheel – these are always a hit.

Room 2 Class Happenings

We have been learning about how to make our stories a lot more interesting. One way that we can do this is to use different beginnings to our sentences. We have been practising and are starting to get quite good at our varied sentence beginnings.

Tomorrow we are going to have a disco. It is at six o’clock. The disco is going to be fun. I am going to get a glow stick – By Azriel
Tomorrow is going to be a disco. It is going to be exciting. I am going. Tomorrow I think I am going to wear a costume. My class will be there too. Mrs Stupples will dance with me. Mum is letting me wear a pink and white dress – By Lucy
Tomorrow there is going to be a disco. It will be fun because I’m going to have MacDonald’s for tea. I’ve been to a disco before. At the disco I will get a glow stick – By Tyler
The martian has nine hairs. She has nine eyes. Her foot had nine toes. The martian has one big foot. She has nine bows on her. She is happy. She has nine flowers in her house. When she goes to bed she snores – By Hunter C
My mum is coming back from Dunedin. I’m excited because mum is coming. Campbell and I are waiting. Mum was in Christchurch – By Aiden
The martian has nine hairs. She has nine toes. Her face has nine eyes. She has one big foot. She doesn’t like shopping because she doesn’t like hopping and she snores when she goes to bed. Her body has nine arms – By Sarah

We have also been meditating, and thinking about what God is like to us. Here are some of our thoughts.

God is like my friend because he makes me feel happy – By Megan
God is like hugging Mum because he makes me feel warm and cosy – By Hunter T
God is like my bed because he makes me feel relaxed – By Summer
God is like big blankets because he makes me feel warm – By Ben
God is like running fast because he makes me feel strong – By Scarlett
God is like Mrs Stupples because he makes me feel safe – By Luke
God is like a dog because he makes me feel happy – By Ethan
God is like my food because he makes me feel strong – By Dylan
God is like boxing because he makes me feel happy – By Isaiah-Runi

Tour of Southland
Check out the notice board in the junior corridor regarding competitions
for the children to enter, compliments of Cycling Southland.

Invercargill Tap Dancing Competitions
Saturday 23 October, 8.30am ~ 7pm
Centre Stage, Don Street, Entry Fee $3 per session
Speeds, Song & Tap, Duos, Waltz, Solo ~ come along and support your local dancers. Info for Beginners available by emailing tapping.ingill@woosh.co.nz

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