Waikanae School was alive with the sounds of Christmas as families gathered for a summer evening picnic on the top field.
An appreciative audience of several hundred enjoyed BBQ sausages and drinks, sitting on deck chairs or blankets as the different class groups entertained them with a range of traditional and NZ Christmas carols. Principal, Bevan Campbell, acted as the compare, announcing each group, calling them to the stage. Many of the children wore Christmas Santa hats or other Christmas attire as part of enjoying the event.
"It's a great way for the school community to get together in a relaxed and fun way, before the school breaks up at the end of next week," said teacher Lucy Cameron, who ran the sound gear.