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7 September 2017 - By Mick Jensen - Proceeds from colourful mufti days at Ashburton Christian School (ACS) will help support the purchase of books and stationery for a school in Tonga.
Staff and pupils from Years 1-8 dressed in Pasifika clothing, or in red and white, the national colours of Tonga, on Friday. Older students, who were off-site at technology classes that day, will hold a similar mufti event.
The Tongan connection at the school stems from staff member Melissa Wenmoth, who has a teacher friend working at the ACTS Community School in the Tongan capital of Nuku'alofa.
Over the last two years students at ACS have connected with pupils at that school through a pen pal arrangement.
Tonga based teacher Sophie Lowe has also visited ACS to speak about her role overseas.
ACS primary school lead teacher Margaret Butler said supporting the Tongan school had been discussed and had been considered a worthwhile thing to do.
Schools in Tonga were often under resourced and children underprivileged, so being able to send books, stationery and possibly sports equipment was seen as a very positive gesture.
ACS had a strong service focus and had asked the Tonga school what they needed the most.
Mrs Butler said the donated items would be delivered in person by Melissa Wenmoth when she visited Tonga later in the year for her friend's wedding. 


Dressing up to support the Tongan school project are, back row, Jolene Thomas, Margaret Butler, Michelle Steenkamp, Rachel Hoekstra, Gustavo Malecka-Cesario, Amalia Worsfold, Harmony Goodhue, Zoe Ayres, Charlotte Syme, Gianna Butler, Fabian King, Tim Kuipers, Melissa Wenmoth, front, Tamara Bell, Abegail Juntilla, Lynn-Maree Steenkamp, Masha Nel,
Emily Hope, Kira Nel, Mikaela Hughs and Anna Edzes.
Read more local news at The Ashburton Courier



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