Horahora’s morning of books, grandies and speeches

Year 6 student Anika Johannes won her category speech competition and was also presented with the school’s Silver Kiwi award by Horahora principal Joanne Synge.

Horahora School kids were in celebratory mood last week.

For a few hours, they shared their love of books with their grandparents and other family members and demonstrated their new-found skill at public speaking.

The school held its Book Character Day on December 1 – an event that dovetailed with Grandparents’ Day. After sharing a favourite story with their grandparents and parents, the children paraded around in their book character costumes before heading into an assembly at which the three winners of a recent speech competition read out their work.

Year 2 pupil Joel Johannes won the speech competition in the Year 1-2 category, and read out his work entitled “I Want to be a Pocket Knife”.

Year 3 student Molly Scott won in the Year 3-4 category and read out her speech on “Refugees”, while Year 6 student Anika Johannes, who won in the Year 6-8 category, read out her speech entitled “Ethical Fashion”.

Horahora School principal Joanne Synge also presented Anika with the school’s Silver Kiwi award in recognition of her special achievements.

“It was for her positive attitude towards all the assessments completed in the last weeks, and for a high level of achievement in all those assessments,” she said.

Some of the school’s 37 students couldn’t be there that morning as they were taking part in a joint schools’ sports event.

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