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School holidays? Again? That’s been the reaction among many North Shore mums I know as these winter weeks off school have crept up on us all rather like a pantomime bad guy! Before you find yourself saying ‘he’s behind you!’, make the most of all that’s on offer across the Shore this month for kids large and small. In this issue, we’re bursting with ideas of local venues to visit, activities to aim for and beautiful treats to buy for the lovely little people in your lives.
Our colourful July cover teases The PumpHouse’s school holiday production that incorporates a couple of Kiwi classic characters - firstly, Grandma McGarvey - the indomitable elderly energy ball who leads an adventurous life. Secondly, the tales of Grandpa’s Slippers will be brought to life by the Tim Bray Productions’ show, which runs until 18th July. If you’ve never taken your child along to any of the local theatre shows - it’s time! The Rose Centre, Bruce Mason Centre also have plenty to keep the kids entertained these holidays, and holiday programmes are also aplenty at Lake House Arts, Mairangi Arts Centre, NorthArt, YMCA, and many of our fabulous community centres and sports venues across the Shore.
Continuing on a child-related theme, last month I met an inspirational speaker at a Pinehurst School event. Sian Jaquet is an engaging character who has used personal challenges as a catalyst for helping other parents, and businesspeople, building a global audience for her unique style of coaching from right here on the Shore.
And ahead of this issue, our publisher Aidan Bennett met new Executive Principal of Kristin School, Tim Oughton to talk about his life and his vision for taking Kristin forward and helping its students to achieve their potential.
You can read about plenty more gems in our community, through our Channel People Q & As, and see who’s been spotted ‘Out & About’ at Shore events last month - always a popular part of our mag!
Don’t spend this winter in hibernation - fire up some family fun! Memories are made of this.
Channel Magazine: Issuu 56 July 2015