WAINUI SCHOOL TREAT.
The Wainui people were exceedingly fortunate on Friday last in the weather they had for the annual school treat. At seven o'clock the? day promised to be a wet and stormy one, but the skies cleared and it was a i bright sunny day. After the (treat was over heavy thunder | showers fell, but during the day the weather was ideal. There I was a large attendance of resi- ! dents and visitors from Akaroa ;and the Bays. After luncheon, which wass erved in the schoolroom an adjournment was made to the recreation ground where sports were held and some good finishes were watched. The children were also treated to a scramble for sweets and all had an exceedingly happy time. Before tea was dispensed, all assembled outside the school and several addresses were made Mr J. H. McDonald, chairman of the school committee, expressed his pleasure at seeing so many present, and he welcomed all the visitors. He said that the North Canterbury Education Board had written down in reference to the! purchase of the -V* acre section next to the school ground, ask-1 ing if it were suitable for games, etc. He thought as a new committee would be elected shortly
it was a matter for them dis-[ cuss and take in hand. He saidj that the usual collection hadi been made for the school prizes,! etc., but the children had de-i cided to give up their prizes this year for the Red Cross Fund. On behalf of the children he handed to Mr Armstrong, £6 10s for the Akaroa Red Cross Fund. He was sure the children would never regret their self sacrifice. The Rev. A. H. Julius said that he was always amazed at the responsibility entrusted to teachers by parents. The teachers had the children all day. He added that the way the young New Zealanders had turned out to go to the front spoke volumes for the good work of the teachers. He then addressed the children and said he knew the boys wished they were ten years older so that they could go to the war.
The Mayor, Mr G. Armstrong, said he was always pleased to be present at such gatherings. He thanked the children on behalf of the Akaroa Red Cross Fund for their gift. Speaking of the war, he said that a man had told him recently how thankful he was that his sons were too young to go to the front. He himself was proud and pleased that he had been able to give sons for the Empire's service. He hoped before long that the sorrow brought on by this war would be dissipated and that they would enjoy the blessings of peace. Rev. J. W. Hayward addressed the children and congratulated them on their action in giving iip their prizes for patriotic funds. He said that industry as well as patriotism was needed to build jup a nation, and he hoped none jof the children would ever be ashamed of honest work. He thanked the chairman and committee for a pleasant day, and wished the school every success.
The children gave three cheers for their teachers, Mr and Mrs Sloane and Miss Carter, and three cheers for the Mayor, the Revs. A. H. Julius and J. W. Hayward.
Proceedings were concluded by three hearty cheers for the chair man, Mr J. H. McDonald and the committee.
All then adjourned to the schoolroom where tea was dispensed to all. The Wainui ladies had prepared excellent refreshments and they were indefatigable in attending to everybody's wants.
The following are the results of the races :—
Boys, 8 to 12—Rangi Paurini, 1,.A. McDonald 2.
'Girls, 9to 13—-M. Hawker 1, R. Niblet 2.
Boys, 13 and upwards—X. Hop kins 1, D. McDonald 2.
Girls, 6 to 10 (open)—jVJ Tekau 1, M. Paurini 2.
Boys, 6 to 10 (open)—L Giddens 1, A. Mc Donald 2.
Girls, 10 and upwards (open —G. Dash 1, M. Hawker 2,
Boys, 10 and upwards (open —R. Donovan 1, K. Hopkins 2.
Girls, 3-legged race (open)— R. Niblet and H. Paurini 1, M, Hawker and E. Livingstone 2.
Young ladies race—M. Rox burgh 1, M. Hawkins 2,
Married ladies race—Mrs W, Mc Phail 1, Mrs Braddock 2.
Young men's race—Hector Mc Donald 1, B. Wright and E. Hunt 2, (tie)
Married Men's race—C. Brad dock 1, A. Wright 2.
Starter—Messrs W. Warner and J. Donovan.
Judges—Mr Geo. Armstrong and Rev. Julius.
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WAINUI SCHOOL TREAT., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3531, 28 March 1916