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CENTRAL DISTRICT TIMES, MARCH 6, 2012
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Fun convoy coming for Variety Bash
By TERRY KARATAU
The Children s Charity,Variety
Bash, will be making a short fun
stop in Taihape on Wednesday,
March 14, about 9.30am at Mem-
Variety s marketing and com-
munications manager Nicole
Renata said, Confidentially, we
are planning a Fun Stop at Tai-
We will get the teams of bashers
doing a gumboot-throwing compe-
tition. This is a surprise to the
teams. We will also be inviting
Taihape Area School to visit and
It will be a fun and colourful
event as all the Bash vehicles will
be parked up alongside the park.
Everyone in Taihape is invited to
come along and join in the fun.
It has been some years since the
Variety Bash convoy has passed
through the town. More than 20
quirky pre-1976 cars, fire engines
and other vehicles will travel
1517km on their week-long
journey, distributing more than
$70,000 in grants to sick, disabled
and disadvantaged children and
raising funds along the way.
From March 11-17 the Variety
Bash travels from Clevedon to
National Park via Otorohanga,
Hawera, Whanganui, Ohakune,
Taihape, Feilding, Wellington,
Castlepoint, Tinui, Wimbledon,
Napier to Taupo.
This year the Bash is
fundraising for Variety s Future
Kiwi Kids programme, helping
kids reach their full potential
through the Gold Heart Scholar-
ship programme, the Variety
Voices Youth Choir, the Future
Kiwi Kids fund and technology
Room to play: Taihape's St Joseph's School is planning to build two new areas to provide their students with
enough playing areas to accommodate all needs.
to school year
St Joseph s School has had an out-
standing start to 2012 according
the principal Anne-Maree
It has been a fantastic welcome
back for St Joseph s staff and
The school roll is strong and we
have five dedicated teachers who
are providing exceptional
programmes for our children.
Swimming has been hugely
successful this year thanks to the
Rangitikei District Council and
Sport Wanganui providing
funding for years 4 - 8.
The pools and staff have been
outstanding to work with and they
provide an excellent service for all
of the schools.
Mrs Manson-Petherick said the
school have been really fortunate
to receive a $15,000 grant from
Pub Charity which is being put
towards outdoor facilities.
We are planning to build two
areas for our students.
Firstly, we are going to build a
six-metre Condor for body
strength, endurance, physical and
Then we plan to lay a netball/
tennis court in astroturf which
can be used for multiple sports in
The purpose of these areas is to
provide our students with enough
playing areas that we can accom-
modate all needs. So watch this
space as our school expands and
We have an open door and
invite you to come out and have a
look at the learning programmes
and our school anytime. We have
preference places available.
St Joseph s continue to offer an
after school programme to their
students and the wider com-
The holiday programme was
also up and running in January
and we catered for many children
from the different schools around
the area. We have had a positive
response and the children cer-
tainly enjoyed the area and space
to be outdoors.
Mrs Manson-Petherick said she
is looking forward to sharing the
young leaders of the school with
the community next week.
Cracker Jim tells
lively farm stories
Cracker stories: The children, and parents, of the Mangaweka Playcentre were awe-
struck with Cracker Jim when he paid them a visit last month.
Photo: BRIDGET KING
By TERRY KARATAU
Much to the delight of the children and
parents of the Mangaweka Playcentre,
Cracker Jim (aka Jim Henderson) visi-
ted recently to share his Flossie story
books, DVDs and CDs.
The centre s supervisor, Bronwyn
Robb, said it was neat fun.
He relates so well to the children,
and parents too.
It was really good having him.
A DVD called Dance around the
Farm shows children where produce
comes from and how it gets to the
One sequence includes a top dress-
ing plane piloted by Dougal Smith --
the dad of James and Sam who attend
For 17 years, Mr Henderson was an
organic farmer at Whangaehu near
Whanganui but now lives in Palmer-
He has always tried to think cre-
atively and inventively but does not
see himself as a children s author.
After the Whangaehu River flooded
in 2004, Mr Henderson wrote the book
Flossie and the Flood and he has writ-
ten several Flossie-themed books since.
I believe that there is a whole farm-
ing culture beyond the 50km zone
which is interesting, fun and also edu-
cative, which needs to be
communicated to our present gener-
ation of children, Mr Henderson said.
His aim is to continue producing
more products including stories in the
Flossie series and develop the
characters, having lots of fun doing it.
Mr Henderson said Cracker Jim
came about after he introduced a
wooden toy farm bike.
I couldn t patent it so I invented the
name Cracker Jim and patented that.
The full range including the Flossie
series of books (about 5000 have been
sold), DVDs, CDs, toys and puppets
can be viewed at crackerjim.co.nz.
As a prelude to Playcentre Aware-
ness Week this week Mrs Robb said
she feels making other playcentres
aware of the Cracker Jim books is
She would thoroughly recommend
other playcentres have him visit.
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