Unleash the Orange madness!
Every year the Wellington City Council holds Orange Day. This is a special celebration for the school patrols of Wellington City promary schools and consists of a parade down Lambton Quay, a prize-giving/concert and a bag of goodies. The school patrols all come dressed up in orange and create banners especially for the day.
This year Ralph McCubbin Howell and I got to MC the concert/prize-giving in the MFC. The entire bottom level of the Michael Fowler Centre was packed with a sea of orange clad Year 6 students. There's nothing quite like it for a rousing welcome with 1000 voices in full scream! We were delighted to be able to host the event, provide some entertainment (including a 1000 student simulation of the trials and tribulations of being a school patroller) and introduce a fantastically brave student from Te Aro School who got up in front of the whole crowd to perform solo with just his guitar!
Events like this are a fun balance of fun mayhem and riot control. Things were made no easier by Ralph winning over the crowd who egged him on to try and take me off task at every single opportunity! I even managed the selfie you can see above, although I was almost sucked into the sea of orange! In all seriousness, as an ex-school patroller myself (1981 Rewa Rewa School) it is great to acknowledge the contribution of these kids, who go out in all weathers to keep their fellow students safe.