Stars coming to schools
By Roger Booth
Kapiti Kids Motivation Trust already has four visitors lined up for 2018, after a quiet year last year.
The four projected 2018 visitors will be –
- World Barefoot Ski Champion Georgia Groen
- All Black Dane Coles
- Internationally renowned music composer John Psathas
- Singer Tina Cross
Waterskier Georgia Groen
Our first visitor would be one of our youngest in twelve years, at just 21, plus she is a local. Georgia Groen in 2017 won the Barefoot Waterski World Championship, held in Wisconsin, United States.
However her preoccupation with her sport has not prevented her completing a university degree at Canterbury at the end of last year. She was Kapiti’s Sportswoman of the Year in 2017.
Georgia will bring with her a video of her sports performance, exciting to watch.
She will talk about her background in a sporting family, the work she has put into her sport, her international experiences, and how she works on a life balance.
Georgia’s school visits will be for two days – Wednesday and Thursday 4 and 5 April. You will need to book in quickly to be slotted in on the two days. The return is by return of this email contact.
All Black Dane Coles
Dane, as you are likely to know, has been one of the most unlucky All Blacks with injury, but he is still an automatic selection when fit.
We all want to see him playing again soon. And, as you are also likely to know, Dane is a local product, and local favourite.
Dane completed the first of two days of visits during 2017.
As soon as the second day is set, we will communicate with the schools booked for the second day.
Composer Professor John Psathas
This is another very special set of visits, but at John’s request, with secondary schools. They have already booked in for later this year. John is a composer with an international reputation, and he wrote the music for the 2004 Athens Olympics.
He is the head of the Music Department at Victoria University, and he will be conducting very practical sessions with secondary school writers of musical composition.
Entertainer Tina Cross
We have not had second visits from many of our Kapiti school visitors to date, but the children and schools loved Tina and her presentations when she came before, and are all likely to line up for return visits.
Tina will be coming for three days on Wednesday to Friday 27 to 29 June. She will also be involved in something also very special locally, which will get publicity shortly.
But there is a lot more to her story and her music, which began for her as a teenager, and her musical performance is memorable.
We are also taking the initial bookings for Tina Cross visits now. Just fill in and return the information by return email.
School Voluntary Fees
We are a charitable organisation, and have to raise the money each year for what we do. We are fortunate that Sonia South and her after-school care local organisation SKIDS provide half of the funding we need, but it is always a battle to find the rest, by making applications and the like.
The school voluntary fee of $300 per school per year helps us gather quite a lot of this, and we hope that you can indicate that your school will help this way this year. A generic account is attached.
However, we are determined that this fee stays voluntary. Sometimes some schools just can’t pay, but we want to always make it possible to make visits available for every school, even on these difficult years, so no child misses out.