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A Fun Time at the Stokes Valley Christmas Parade

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December 4 2022

Kia ora e te whanau
What a glorious day for our annual Stokes Valley Christmas Parade! It had been 2 years since our Tawhai Community and our wider Stokes Valley community could last come together for what is such an enjoyable time!
For our Tawhai Kaiako it was an early start to the day putting together the lovely backdrops that went to make up our 2021 Kura production of ‘Rock Bottom’! By the time it got to 11.30am, it was off to join the rest of the floats at the top of the Valley!
We are very fortunate that one of our Tawhai parents, Dan Newman & the company that he works for, T R Group Truck Rentals allowed us to use one of their trucks and have done so for the last few years. A HUGE thank you to Dan and T R Group! It is so much appreciated!
Because we were presented with a bigger vehicle than originally expected, the tamariki could safely sit inside it on cushions, along with Tumuaki Mrs Poole, Mrs Lynley Poole, Miss Page, and Miss Ryan with Dan at the wheel!
As sweets are not allowed to be thrown from the moving floats, our senior ākonga, Maddox, Cohen, and Joel chose to walk alongside or behind the float to hand out lollies (donated by the Newman family!)
Everyone had so much fun waving at the bystanders, some of them our Tawhai tamariki who were super excited to see the Tawhai float! Some of our Tawhai ākonga joined the other floats, namely, the football float with the famous Nixie joining them for the walk down, the Scouts, and the Caroline Stewart Dance troup!
A BIG thank you to everyone who came to help and take part, Karen Poole, Lynley Poole, Sharon Boese, Julia Dorgan, Lloyd Laurent, Janette Page, Anna Sissons, Michaela Ryan, Dave Whiteman and his daughter Elliot.
Again a BIG thank you to the Newman family and T R Group!
Below is an album of photos showing the float being put together and of the tamariki enjoying their cruise down the main road in it, but have also included our other Tawhai tamariki (present and some past!) who were either in other floats or were watching from the pavement.