Top marks for school cultural festival fundraiser

Parents remarked to each other on Saturday the Cultural Festival at KingsView School was one of the best school fairs they had attended.

The second annual celebration of diversity in the state-integrated Christian school in Frankton was estimated to have raised more than twice the amount raised last year.

Proceeds this time will be put towards buying educational resources, particularly iPads.

Pupils, parents, trustees and friends of the school raised funds by operating decorated stalls which sold to the public delicacies and beverages from countries represented in the KingsView community - New Zealand, plus Brazil, Colombia, England, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and South Africa.

Pupils on the New Zealand stall said pavlova and lamingtons proved popular, as did Italian pizza slices and South African boerewors and melktert.

Colombian mincemeat sausages sold out and Brazilian sweet balls were in demand.

Compliments to the English contingent for their Earl Grey tea and scones with jam and cream.

Pupils gave a stirring kapa haka performance and sang confidently in French.

The Queenstown and Southern Lakes Highland Pipe Band struck up and there were cooking and flax weaving demonstrations.