North Shore Times : November 9th 2010
www.northshoretimes.co.nz Tuesday, November 9, 2010 JOIN BEFORE NOV 30 AND RECEIVE A FREE HIGH QUALITY JUSTWORKOUT GYM BAG If only classes at school had been as much fun www.justworkout.co.nz contact us for details Still young at heart Rocking on: David Johnston, 78, is gaining an appreciation for the likes of Jimi Hendrix as he performs with Young @ Heart. Photo: BEN WATSON By MICHELLE ROBINSON HE S pushing 80 but David Johnston shows it s not too late to rock n roll. He s one of just five New Zealanders selected to tour with the American Young @ Heart chorus when it comes to perform in December. It certainly is quite a feather in the cap, Mr Johnston says. It s something quite differ- ent to anything I ve done before. It s like going through a second childhood. The chorus of elderly singers who perform modern hits has become inter- nationally famous after the release of a heart-warming documentary which won criti- cal acclaim. And just because the per- formers are aged in their 70s and 80s doesn t mean the performances lack energy. We re not allowed to stand still. We have to clap and swing and cheer. It s very active. It s very good for my arthritis, Mr Johnston says. Songs like Nirvana s Come As You Are and Jimi Hend- rix s Purple Haze certainly differ from the choral or church pieces the 78-year-old performs with the North Shore Male Choir. But the change in genre is proving to be quite exhilar- ating . I ve always been a classi- cal and choral fan but this is quite fun. Once you know the lyrics they can be a lot of fun. I think it s just marvellous. It s a once in a lifetime thing. I m just so chuffed over it. What he s not so chuffed over is having to wear jeans when performing. I ve not been converted yet. They re sort of coarse and heavy. Maybe he will have warmed up to them too by the time the group performs on December 6 and 7 at the Civic Theatre in Auckland. School pranksters make sex organ out of sand By SARAH CODDINGTON Another North Shore school has been hit by students end-of-term pranks. A sand outline in the shape of a male sexual organ was made on the cricket pitch at boys-only Rosmini College. It is understood female students from another school were responsible. A parent says pupilswere told at assembly the damage would cost $30,000 to repair. But Rosmini principal Tom Gerrard says the esti- mate is only around $500. He says the culprits came forward and confessed, and the incident had been dealt with. The students concerned had offered to pay for the damage. The parent, who has a son at the school, does not want to be named. The outline was huge, like you see in cornfields, she says. A photo of it was circulating on Facebook, she says. Westlake Girls principal Alison Gernhoefer says it was the first she d heard of it and would be horrified if it was her students. If it had happened during school hours, she would fol- lowuponit,butifitwasout of hours it was none of her business. She says Mr Gerrard would have dealt with the issue. A spokesperson for Carmel College said it was also the first time the principal Kath Deady had heard of the inci- dent. Police were called to Rangitoto College last Thursday to deal with two female streakers, one a cur- rent pupil and the other a past student. Several parents have con- tacted the North Shore Times saying up to 37 students were suspended after being involved in end- of-term pranks. One parent says staff tackled kids try- ing to take off after throwing water bombs . Principal David Hodge says this isn t the case, although some students were sent home on early study leave after being involved in pranks. The school was put on alert after a parent saw a former pupil buying 180 eggs in a supermarket. A reporter visiting the school last week saw eggs strewn over footpaths and toilet paper festooning trees on the grounds. It s not the first time Rangitoto has taken tough action over student issues. This year s school ball was cancelled after last year s students and some parents hosted an afterball with an open bar. Mr Hodge says he is pleased with his decision after recent incidents of other young people dying from alcohol poisoning. See video footage of this amazing group of seniors performing songs from bands such as Talking Heads and Coldplay at www.northshore times.co.nz.
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