Affair of the Heart is a showcase of art, sculpture and craft with works by local and regional artists exhibited and on sale. It’s run by a dedicated committee of Northcote College parents and volunteers and has grown since it started in 2005 to become a fixture in the annual calendar of events both for Northcote College and the Northcote and Birkenhead community.
Funds raised for the school over the years are impressive:
The benefits for Northcote College have been enormous. Funds have been used to purchase hall theatre equipment, including lighting, a haze machine, microphones, two high-end projectors with motorised screens, and a PA system. Funds have also allowed for the construction of a sound room backstage. We have been able to purchase data projector screens for classrooms, iMac computers, a digital piano and an amplifier. Affair of the Heart has paid for some AV technician’s time.
In 2009 we contributed to the restoration of a World War II Honours Board commemorating past pupils who had fallen in battle. In 2010, Affair of the Heart funds provided a new framed aerial photograph of the college which you can see hanging in the administration corridor. In the 2010/11 summer holiday break we were able to upgrade the student cafe facilities for the new contractor to start his lease for the 2011 school year. We also purchased a travelling irrigator for the school sports fields and used more of the funds raised to pay for the council water connection required so that we can use the irrigator for the dry months. In 2013 funds raised went towards the purchase of a new school van.
Affair of the Heart 2015 was another great success, considering we had to deal with the weather and the never ending upgrading road works on Onewa Road but we were pleased to still make almost $33,000. In 2016 the weather was kinder to us, the roadworks were completed and we managed to make close to $36,000.
None of this would be possible without the support of everyone who makes this event a success; the committee, the sponsors, the artists, the staff, students and parents of Northcote College, volunteers and, of course, the buyers and patrons.
Image below of the B courtyard done in artificial grass paid for by AotH 2014 proceeds enjoyed by students a lot! Installed March 2015 just in time for the AotH 15. Cost $23,900 + GST.
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