‘Kuku Wahine’s’ surprise birthday celebration

2017-06-07 06:00
Granny Dot with Wembley College pupils Nick Corbishley (grandson), Amelia Yeadon (granddaughter) and Borden Barton (great-grandson).

Granny Dot with Wembley College pupils Nick Corbishley (grandson), Amelia Yeadon (granddaughter) and Borden Barton (great-grandson).

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Louise Yeadon

THE Wembley College boarders call Northfields Manor (their boarding establishment) “Ohana”. In the Disney film, Lilo & Stitch, Ohana’ means “family” and family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten. This is our philosophy at Wembley College. The underlying foundation of our school is family and the importance of love.

In our Wembley family, we have a grandmother. The formal Hawaiian term for grandmother is Kuku Wahine, but the more common term is tutu. Our tutu is Dot Corbishley, who has been caring for our school for 20 years. 5 June is our Kuku Wahine’s birthday and pupils and staff decided to surprise our tutu, gogo, ouma, granny. The whole school secretly gathered in front of the library, waiting for Granny Dot to arrive. She was expecting to sort out a problem in the library. The problem turned into pupils singing and giving gifts of love.

Each pupil was part of signing a beautifully hand-made card - this is the school’s way of thanking Kuku Wahine – Granny Dot – for everything she does for our school.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Partner Content
How data is changing investments

Technological disruption is rife in many spheres of business and given the quantity of data available, it’s no surprise that the way in which asset managers work is also changing fast.

Behind the sparkle

Alluring, beautiful and timeless - diamonds are some of the most sought after gems in the world and are a true testament of everlasting brilliance. Let us take you behind the sparkle to show you the history behind this coveted jewel.


How to get rid of fleas

Before you call in the pricey exterminators, try this DIY approach that promises to get your flea problem under control.



12 Cool cat facts
Chocolate can be fatal for dogs
Spider-man star's adorable relationship with his dog
Do you know what you are feeding your dog?
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.