Thank you to all those students who contributed so positively to Work Day last Friday. While our students were engaged in the world of work, the teachers went ‘back to the classroom’ at Central Southland College in Winton. We joined with other Southland rural secondary school staff to learn about brain development in adolescents, and e-learning in its many forms, to enhance learning in the classroom. It was a great day of collaboration and discussion with educators from other areas.
While we were sitting behind classroom desks, some of our talented students were competing in the Gold Guitars. Well done to Jenny Mitchell who, once again, showed the depth of her talent by winning a number of awards including Intermediate NZ Gold Guitar Overall Runner-up, Intermediate Solo, Country Rock, Traditional, NZ Song and the Group section. Ex-student Vanessa Harvey picked up the senior instrumental title, and current student Michelle Hendriks made it into the final for Intermediate Country Rock, NZ Composition and received a Highly Commended in the Duet section. Maggie Nicholson also gained a Highly Commended in the Intermediate Country Rock. It was also wonderful to see ex-student, Nicole Parry, named the Gold Guitar Young Ambassador for 2015. Congratulations, Nicole.
Another ex-student, James Martin, who has recently graduated from Canterbury University, has continued his learning journey with quite an exciting outcome at the end of a challenging four year Mechanical Engineering Honours programme. James was involved in a project charged with improving the landing gear of the jetpack which is a type of experimental aircraft. James’ research team sought to improve its ability to land, both in routine situations and in emergencies. Their solution involved adding a shock absorbing system by incorporating four carbon-fibre springs into the design. This exciting development has the potential to greatly improve the capabilities of the Martin Jetpack.
Spirit of Southland Leadership Course
On Friday, 22nd May, Molly King and Erin Grogan attended the Spirit of Southland Leadership Course held in Invercargill at the Velodrome. Molly and Erin said they learnt skills on how to be confident when public speaking and ideas for working on special projects i.e. fundraising for school and the wider community etc. They both enjoyed their day in Invercargill and would recommend it to other students.
Zara Lawlor, Caleb Henry (Year 12), Phillipa Addenbrooke and Matthew O’Connor (Year 11) were selected to attend the Pinnacle Programme seminar held in Invercargill last Friday. The Pinnacle Programme is targeted at students with raw talent and a passion for their chosen field and teaches them to reach their full potential. This programme is available to all students aged 15-18 years old. To find out more about this program or apply visit www.pinnacleprogramme.co.nz.
Like the sun that lights the sky,
And may you always have the courage
Wishing you all a safe and happy weekend. Take care and may God bless you.