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Having a ball teaches kids playground manners

Aug 13th, 2008 | By | Category: News, Picture story

NAENAE Intermediate’s annual school ball is such good fun for pupils and staff, former teacher Murray Brough came back from retirement to play DJ this year.

“It’s always a good show and it’s good to keep my hand in,” says Mr Brough, who worked at the school for more than 30 years until last December.

Nearly all the school’s students attended the most recent ball at Expressions Hall in Upper Hutt, formally dressed and with boys and girls taking it in turns to ask each other to dance.

Staff member Stacy Taylor hammed it up with the microphone, calling enthusiastic students out to waltz, circle dance and rock ‘n’ roll.

Ballroom dancing is taught in physical education during the year, and the ball is a chance for the school to teach social skills and good manners to pupils.

Principal Steve Black believes as well as being a great night out, the dance helps teach pupils to behave well with each other, which improves the playground atmosphere over the whole year.

Slideshow photos – left to right:

1st Decorations at Expressions Hall for the Naenae Intermediate school ball.
2nd Stacy Taylor called the dances all night.
3rd Luke Aletosio, Zane Check, Neihana Aranui, Jaiden Ao-Waihi
4th  Luke Aletosio, Ahna Jensen, Megan Park
5th  Samantha McCliskie, Bailey Price-Clarke, Rebecca Brown, Madison Campbell
6th  Hinckley Peivi, Phoenix Tua, Jayden Pita, Zane Check, Michael Lafou
7th Retired teacher Murray Brough, back to play music for the ball.
8th Heather Drummond and Derrell Crichton
9th  Royal Vole and Penny Calder
10th Students and teachers enjoying one of the formal dances.

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  2. go naenae

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