History of school told through play

21:40, Aug 20 2014
Ngaruawahia High School play
SCHOOL'S JOURNEY: Ngaruawahia High School's Hare Lee (centre), with Tawhiao Watene (left) and Arohanui Watene from Tai Wananga are among the young performers in a production about the journey of Ngaruawahia High School.

A production about the journey of Ngaruawahia High School is being performed by pupils.

Born of Greatness came out of work students did on the history of the school, which had a limited statutory manager appointed in March last year. A review had found issues with debt, achievement, truancy rates and a declining roll.

This year a task for students about reshaping school culture led to the production, head of pedagogy Tarena Ranui said.

''We needed to look at the people, the places, the events that have shaped us.''

The production focuses on a young Ngaruawahia student who asks his nan to send him to Boys' High. His nan reflects on past links with the school and challenges her grandson to help change what's happening there, so he decides to put on a show.

A cast of around 95 - including support from Tai Wananga students - has been performing Born of Greatness over the past two days.  

It was penned by community member Noema Watene, and the musical director was Te Arohanui Mangu.  

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