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Your high five events for Friday 17 August

School visits, photography, portraits, time travel and news on the Gaza Flotilla are options for your Friday time.

Two of Wellington’s private schools are open to the public today: Samuel Marsden Collegiate School in Marsden Avenue, Karori, is holding an Open Morning from 8:45am-12:00pm with an opportunity to and experience Marsden on a normal school day, tour the school with a student and speak to members of the senior management team. Register here. And from 9:00am to 3:00pm, Discover Scots Prep at Scots College, 3 Monorgan Road, Strathmore offers boys the opportunity to experience the wide range of subjects the Prep School offers including art, language, physical education, numeracy and literacy all taught by specialist teachers. Register here. Or just turn up and freak them out.

In collaboration with Suite Gallery, the Thistle Inn at 3 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon present an Ans Westra Exhibition, with a collection of her photographs on display from 10:00am to 10:00pm throughout the duration of Welly on a Plate (to 24 August)

In the free lunchtime exhibition talk, The Art of Time Travel, from 12:00pm – 12:45pm, art historian Professor Geoffrey Batchen responds to the works and themes in the exhibition Death & Desire: Hair in the Turnbull Collections (image above) currently showing at the National Library of New Zealand, 70 Molesworth Street, Thorndon (to 7 September).

Oil painter David Le Fleming returned to Wellington recently after 15 years painting in London’s Hackney Wick, and his exhibition, Scrapyard Saints, opens tonight from 5:30 to 8:00pm at Potocki Paterson Art Gallery, 41 Dixon Street. He wants to draw attention to everyday people who hold communities together and often go unrecognised, and his large-scale, detailed portraits use reclaimed surfaces like car bonnets, waste packaging and filing cabinet shelves. The exhibition of new and recent work runs until Sunday 26 August.

National Director of Unite Union Mike Treen has just returned from participating in the international Freedom Flotilla to break Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza. He and 22 fellow activists on board the Al Awda were seized by Israeli forces in international waters, and Treen was battered, tasered, detained and deported. He has returned to New Zealand with “a few stories to tell, which he will relate at a meeting on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla at PSA House, 11 Aurora Terrace, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Donations welcome.