“ Line up and go into the church, ” said Mrs Deeney. “ Oh, wow I can’t believe that it’s today” I spoke out as I entered the church. We all sat on the seats inside the church. We were at church because it was the feast day of St Pius X. The teachers, students and families were at church because of this very special day. The feast day of St Pius X is on the 21st of August but we celebrated it on Friday 23rd of August, we had a full on day ahead of us.
When we sat down Hendrix went up and introduced this very special occasion. Next came the Readings, then the Gospel etc. Father taught us more things about St Pius X and we all listened closely. After mass we all genuflected to Jesus and walked out of the church.
Miss Deeney told us to line up and walk sensibly to the hall, we were going to the hall because we were going to celebrate the feast day of St Pius X with a delicious Banana cake. We all sat down around the cake that was on the table, licking our lips and our eyes drooling at the scrumptious Banana cake. After when everybody in the hall settled Mrs Tui told us to sing ‘Happy Birthday St Pius’. We sang that song once and then Maxine and Genevieve cut the Banana cake, we all clapped with cheering and laughter. Once the cake was cut by the other girls in Room 7 we started to eat the cake. The cake was pretty big with white icing that looked and smelt like butter.
When everyone finished their cake Mrs Williams dismissed each class one by one out of the hall to have Morning Tea. After Morning Tea it was going to be St Pius’ little Concert. I was nervous, I was so nervous that my legs were shaking out of my socks. We were singing 2 Choir songs from our Kids 4 Kids concert, with our 2 soloists Ezra and Tokilupe.
After Room 1, Room 2 etc, it finally came to Room 3. oh I was as nervous as ever. My legs and teeth were shivering and shaking like crazy. When we got up we had to get into our rows by ourselves. The first song that we were going to sing was ‘Haere Mai’. I was so nervous looking at the crowd sitting down with eyes all looking at us, it was pretty scary. After the first song finished it was our 2nd song ‘Something in the Water.’ After we had sang the first song I wasn’t so scared anymore for the 2nd song. When we had sung our 2 songs we got a big, huge clap and sat back down. I was so relieved to get that over and done with.
Next was Room 6 performed with their Ukulele song and Room 7 with their 3 items. After Room 6 and Room 7’s items Mrs Williams dismissed the classes one by one out of the hall. After the Concert it was lunchtime and after lunchtime a special guest was going to come to our school. She played a very special and rare Instrument, called a Euphonium.
I was very excited to see someone play a Euphonium because I have never seen someone play a rare Instrument before. After lunch we all sat down in the hall and waited for the special guest. After a few minutes waiting Mrs Logan stood up and introduced who the special guest was. Her name was Linda and she goes to University with Mrs Logan’s daughter and studies music. Linda is a musician and she teaches other people how to play the Euphonium. She is full Tongan and her father taught her how to play. The Euphonium costs hundreds and thousands of dollars. Linda loves music and her favourite song is called ‘Grandfather’s Clock.’
Once Linda explained a little about herself she played a piece and she let a student from our school play her Instrument. We asked her some questions and she answered them. She showed us a slide of pictures, they were mostly pictures of her and her family.
Eventually she left and we all waved good-bye. After she had left it was time for the Basketball Tournament, which was organised by the Te Rangatira group. The teams were by houses, the houses were Geckos, Tuis, Keas and Kiwis. Mrs Tui called out the houses one by one and we had to go with our house leader outside the tennis court.
When we got to the court we all had to get into one single line and settle. I was in Tuis and we were next to Geckos and Keas. There were some people from Room 7, Room 6 and Room 3 who played. I didn’t play because I didn’t know how to. A few minutes later the game started, the first teams who was going to be played by Tuis and Kiwis. All I could hear was a loud racket of screaming and shouting. It went silent.... Then the whistle blew, all I could hear was “Go Tuis! Go Kiwis! Go Tuis! Go Kiwis!” It was a lot of noise. The ball kept on going down, down, down the ball went back up, up, up. But then joyfully Tuis won.
The next teams to play were Geckos and Keas. At first Geckos was losing but then they got back up and won the match. After it finished school was over and everyone had to go back to their class and pack up. My favourite part of the day was having the Concert. Out of all the days at school celebrating St Pius feast day is the best day I had ever had and I never wanted it to end.
Happy Feast Day St Pius X!