Christmas and children mix in city's Centre

Published: Tue 22 Nov 2005 11:48 AM
Christmas and children mix in city's Centre
AUCKLAND, Twenty-five Auckland primary schools are taking part in THE EDGE annual children's Christmas Programme where up to six schools at a time come into the Aotea Centre and decorate Christmas trees, are entertained by storytellers, Cookie the Clown and visited by Santa and the lollipop fairy.
"We have more than 2,500 children coming to the Aotea Centre between 30 November and 9 December. This free programme introduces the children to the Aotea Centre and professional performances," says Sally Markham, THE EDGE Public Programmes Manager.
Before the performances start, each school is given their own tree to decorate using decorations the children have made in school. The trees are displayed in the Aotea Centre until after Christmas.
"It's a whole day of Christmas fun for years one to four primary school children. We are booked out months in advance for this programme. We have schools telling us they want to be involved every year!" says Ms Markham.
This year's theme is Trees of Light and Joy. During the two-week programme the Aotea Centre is taken over by young children celebrating Christmas.
Staged by THE EDGE Public Programmes, the Christmas Programme aims to continue to expose the children to performing arts while sharing in Christmas fun with other schools from across Auckland.
The schools involved in the programme are:
Meadowbank School Meadowbank
Campbells Bay School North Shore
Ranfurly Car Society Epsom
Titirangi School Titirangi
Kaurilands School Titirangi
Manuka Primary School - Glenfield
Bayview School Glenfield
Glen Taylor School Glendowie
Huapai Districk School Huapai
St Thomas School Kohimarama
Holy Cross School Papatoetoe
Hobsonville School Hobsonville
St Francis School Pt. Chevalier
Chelsea School Birkenhead
Cornwall Park School One Tree Hill
St Mary's School Ellerslie
Pt England School Glen Innes
St Pius X School Glen Innes
Glenbrae Public School Glen Innes
Keith Park School Mangere
Freyberg Community School Te Atatu South
Bairds Mainfreight Primary School Otara
New Windsor School New Windsor
Kawakawa Primary School Warkworth
Tauhoa School Warkworth
The programme runs from 9.30am to 2pm over eight school days from Wednesday, 30 November to Friday, 9 December 2005 .

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