Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


American quartet to boost Merrin School exchange

Performance by American quartet to boost Merrin School exchange

Efforts to send a party of Merrin School children to our sister city of Songpa-Gu in September has become a truly international affair, thanks to an American barbershop quartet.

‘Delusions of Grandeur’, a visiting comedy quartet has agreed to give a fundraising performance for the trip at St Christopher’s Church, 244 Avonhead Rd on Wednesday 18 June at 8pm.

“This comedy quartet is brilliant. They’ve sung at Eurodisney in Paris, done shows in Europe and over 200 shows in the USA in the last ten years,” says Dave Adamson, a local barbershopper and Christchurch City Council international relations co-ordinator.

Delusions of Grandeur will be giving shows throughout New Zealand in the next two weeks but the St Christopher’s performance will be the group’s only public Christchurch show.

Tickets cost $10 and are available from Merrin School, Ph 358 8369. Door sales may be available on the night.

Twenty two Merrin School pupils will visit Songpa-Gu in September on what is believed to be the first primary school exchange to be arranged between New Zealand and Korea.

Twenty five Korean children from Se Ryun School, Songpa-Gu visited Merrin School for a four day visit in February 2003.

“The initiative (for the exchange) came from Merrin School teachers, after watching many Korean children excel in the classroom. We were very interested in the society that these children had come from,” says Mary Jonker, a Merrin School teacher and organiser of the exchange.

Merrin also has strong links with the local Korean community. “About 15 per cent of the school’s population is Korean and there are few children at our school who do not have at least one Korean friend,” Mary says.

Parents from Merrin and Se Ryun have raised their own funds for the exchange, with students being home-hosted with families in both locations. The school needs to raise another $5,000 for the children, six teachers and 6 accompanying parents to travel from Christchurch to Songpa-Gu.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news