Kapi-Mana News : August 9th 2011
6 KAPI-MANA NEWS, AUGUST 9, 2011 NEWS 3706336A F Weve got the GOODS. . . Treadmills Exercycles Ellipticals Rowing machines + Heaps More Kiwi chorister gets honours By ANDREA O'NEIL Musical minister: Anglican priest Alison Pitts was honoured for her services to church music in a ceremony in Britain. She might be seen as an oddball'' in New Zealand, but Alison Pitts has been honoured in Britain for her commitment to church music. The 72-year-old Anglican priest was made an honorary member of the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) at a ceremony in May. The RSCM is a prestigious inter- national organisation which counts Queen Elizabeth II as its patron and the Archbishop of Canterbury as its president. While Ms Pitts does sing in church choirs, she was honoured in Britain for her work towards church music organisation and education. Until recently she was chairwoman of the RSCM's Welling- ton branch, and still sits on its national committee. She has helped to organise sum- mer and winter music schools, and regularly invited notable church musicians to speak to society members. Ms Pitts jokes that people see her as an oddball'' for her dedication to church music, but says her local par- ish of Pauatahanui and her com- munity at Summerset retirement vil- lage were very proud and supportive when she was called to England by the RSCM. Her honour was conferred at a cer- emony in Peterborough Cathedral, Cambridgeshire. Ms Pitts was the only Kiwi among 16 choristers, organists and composers to receive honours at the ceremony, which took the form of an evening worship service. Ms Pitts' love of church music came before her interest in the church itself. A nurse at Kenepuru and Wellington hospitals for many years, she travelled to Britain for a church music summer school in 1988, just after her husband died. It was the ceremony and music of church services which piqued her interest in the Anglican faith. That was when I got really enthusiastic and I felt a calling,'' she says. Retiring early, she trained as a priest in the mid-1990s and now volunteers in the Pauatahanui par- ish, filling in when vicar Jenny Daw- son is away and giving pastoral care. She is not opposed to modern rock music in church -- As long as it's good'' -- but is disappointed to see robed church choirs becoming rare. No matter what style, church music must convey ideas about social justice and community, she says. Aotea hosts trophy By KRIS DANDO Welcoming Webb Ellis: Aotea College deputy head boys Joseph Wong Pown, left, and Morgan Evans join head girl Jannah Hibberd in showing off the 2012 school blazers and the trophy that much of the country will be willing the All Blacks to win very soon. The Webb Ellis Cup made a sur- prise visit to Aotea College last week, with adults turned into giddy schoolchildren as they queued to be photographed with it.The fact no New Zealanders have held it aloft in victory since David Kirk in 1987 may have been lost on many of the young visitors to Aotea's auditorium. But that didn't stop them pour- ing in during their lunch hour -- preceded by students from Papa- kowhai and Paremata schools -- although there was a strong message that accompanied its appearance: don't touch. Aotea College used the occasion to show off their new uniform, an initiative put together by last year's student council. Along with a blazer (optional), there will be junior and senior ties, girls will wear a white blouse and boys a white shirt. The jersey design will be altered slightly, as will the girls' skirt. While all current students in years 10 to 12 will wear the existing uniform until stocks run out, all new students from 2012 will be required to wear the new colours. The school's support officer Lynley Collard says the changes have been well-received, but it may take a few years to use up existing stock.
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