On Wednesday, 22 August, Emily Hall from the University of Otago and Dunedin Karate Club visited the Year 12 Physics class to show them how Physics principles are applied to the sport of Karate. She went through momentum, impulse, centre of mass and forces, how to hold body positions and various other Karate moves. It was a short two hour introduction to Karate which was enjoyed by all.
Janine Heads - HELA Science
This year the Year 7 – 10 Mathematics Teaching Programmes were suspended for the nationwide MathsWeek. Our students were given class time to create a mathematical model or design which would then be judged. As part of their model/design the students had to write a description of the mathematics contained in their entry.
Teachers selected the best 3 - 4 from their class for judging. These models were displayed in the Hall during the recent Whanau Evening and are now in the Office for viewing. Winners at each year level will be announced at an assembly after Tournament Week.
The annual “Guess the number of jelly beans in the jar” competition was jointly won by Emily Chamberlain and Dixie-Leigh Burr. Their individual guesses were one away from the actual total of jelly beans.
HELA Mathematics & Statistics
Spirit of Adventure - written by Marion Frei
This year I went aboard the Spirit of Adventure. It was a 10 day voyage which I had no clue what I was in for or who I was going to meet. We sailed around the beautiful Hauraki Gulf.
Every morning we started off with a refreshing swim at 6:30am, breakfast and then a cleaning session in our watches. There were four groups and the ship was split up into four different sections. Every day your watch was in charge of looking after a different section. On one day you would clean either the accommodation, cut veggies for meals, clean the half cabin (where we gathered) or the wheel house where the captain was. This was a good teamwork experience and involved leadership skills. We all got a chance to be the leader.
Throughout the day we would learn how sail stations worked, had different activities such as learning different knots, games, or map reading. Occasionally we would raft to shore to do a beach clean, play games, go for a walk or have a BBQ. In the evening the crew would always have an activity planned for us as well. One of them was being lead blindfolded around the whole ship as a group, only following the leader’s voice. This was very difficult. Another My favourite part was the ‘pool parties.’ This is when we could jump off the ship into the ocean and just go swimming. Throughout the day we would also have time to just hang out and get to know everyone. Because we were stuck on the ship and had no communication or knowledge of what was going on, in the outside world, it made the whole experience easier.
Throughout the 10 days I met many new people that I still keep in contact with today. This trip helped me grow in my independence and is a trip that I would recommend to anyone that loves sailing. This trip has also helped me decide that I don't want to be a sailor.
Thank you to the Riversdale Lions Clubs for supporting me in being able to attend this adventure.
SIAN Hutchins is naturally leaning towards science and intends to use that to New Zealand's advantage.
The 17-year-old St Peter's College pupil plans to study Health Science, ``hopefully at Otago'', with a goal of becoming a GP.
Science was a subject she had ``always loved'' and was fascinated by.
``You go into a science lesson and you come out and go `Oh, that's how that happens'.
``Chemistry makes the most sense.
``Physics is quite theoretical and biology is a lot of work in theory, whereas chemistry you can see things happening and you can also understand the molecular aspect of it.''
Outside of the classroom Sian was also a talented musician, playing the saxophone and flute, and is a trampolinist.
She fell into the sport when she started doing gymnastics as an after-school activity, where trampolining happened afterwards.
``It just looked exciting and that really got me into it.''
She started about 10 years ago and in 2016 won the Southland Age Championships Synchronised Trampoline title and came second in the Otago-Southland Championships.
It had taught her resilience and how to overcome challenges.
``You've got to be able to keep going even when you fail, because you have to work through challenges.
``You might muck up and get injured, so it's really important to be able to come back from that, bounce back, as it were.''
No longer competing, Sian now mentors other athletes and had started judging, something she was keen to continue.
Ten years from now, all going to plan, Sian will be about to graduate from university, which was a daunting prospect.
``It's about six years' medicine, two year residential and then three years to become a GP, it's quite a long process on top of what I've already gone through.''
Role model: Father, Clive, a teacher, because of the effort he put in to his job, the care he has for his pupils and the dedication he showed.
Hopes for the future: Working as a doctor and helping people.
Achievements: Student Services leader; NCEA Level 3 Excellence Endorsed (2018); student council member; trampoline mentor (2015-18); NCEA Level 2 Endorsed with Excellence; Excellence subject endorsement in mathematics, religious education, physics and chemistry; Merit subject endorsement in english and biology; Elementary Trampoline coach and judge, Out of School Music Senior Flute Trophy (2017); SADD committee member (2016-17); NCEA Level 1 Endorsed with Excellence; Excellence subject endorsement in mathematics, science, history and religious education; Merit subject endorsement in english and geography; Incentive Award Level 7 Trampoline; Southland Age Championships Synchronised Trampoline, 1st place; Otago-Southland Age Championships Synchronised Trampoline, 2nd place (2016); Portobello Science extension course (2015-16); Out of School Music Senior Flute Trophy (2015); Rotary Young Achiever Award (2013); Out of School Music Saxophone Trophy (2012-16).
REMEMBER the name Katie Reed.
In years to come she may well be donning the `C' or `WA' bib for the Steel or Silver Ferns netball teams.
The Riversdale 18-year-old is one of St Peter's College's Class Act recipients for 2018, with a string of sporting achievements to her name.
One of five children all sporty Katie started playing tennis when she was about seven-years-old and then turned her hand to hockey during the winter.
It wasn't long, however, before the appeal of a netball drew her in, first taking up the sport when she was about nine-years-old and never looking back.
Katie has been an Eastern Southland netball team representative for the past three consecutive years, and this year was named in the Invercargill U19 team, which travelled
to Tauranga to compete in the nationals last month [JULY].
``It's really exciting,'' she said of her selection.
``I didn't really expect it because ... Certain people get selected to trial and it was a surprise for me to make the team``It's ... good to play with the Invercargill players too, and get to know more people.''
While on the tennis court she prefers singles, ``because then if you let someone down, you're only letting yourself down'', netball is her preferred sport.
``I just like how it's fast-paced, the endurance, it's just fun.''
Up until the nationals, held from July 9 to 12, Katie had netball practice 5-7 days a week, including an Invercargill U19 practice every week.
Balancing that with her studies had been challenging, she said.
``It's pretty busy ... but I have a study period once a day so I just have to use that wisely and in the time when I don't have netball I need to do my homework and internals, but I do find it quite hard, especially lately.''
Her proudest academic achievement to date was having both her level 1 and 2 NCEA excellence endorsed, she said.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, PE was her favourite subject at school and she intended to focus on that in her tertiary studies, planning to complete a Bachelor of Applied Science,
majoring in physical education at Otago University or polytech.
While she did not, as yet, have a firm career path mapped out, she wanted to use that qualification in her long-term future and hoped her skills on the netball court would pay off in the short-term and set her sports career in motion.
Role model: Steel and Silver Fern midcourter Gina Crampton
Hopes for the future: Selection for a Beko trial.
Achievements: Invercargill U19 netball team member; Southland Senior tennis teams event (2018); Eastern Southland U17 netball tournament team member; Australian netball tour (2017); Eastern Southland netball team player; Southland U16 tennis teams event (2016-17); Senior A netball player (2016-18); Senior A Most Improved netball player (2016); Eastern Southland U15 netball team; St Peter's 10A netball captain and MVP; Southland U14 tennis teams event (2015); St Peter's 9A netball MVP; Southland U14 teams event (2014).
I had the pleasure of attending the ODT Class Act Awards yesterday in Dunedin. It is always very humbling to see the number of students who have already achieved so highly at such a young age. These achievements don’t just happen, they are the result of plenty of hard work and a positive, can-do attitude, along with enormous parent support and encouragement. Congratulations to both Sian Hutchins and Katie Reed who are our recipients this year. You can read their citations from the Otago Daily Times on the next page.
Best wishes to our tournament teams who will be competing in the Winter Tournament Week events next week. Keep an eye on the sports and school Facebook pages for results updates as the week goes on. Remember to come along to our Sports’ Mass on Saturday at 7pm. Everyone is most welcome.
It is with great sadness that we heard this week of Kristy Summers’ death after a lengthy battle with cancer. We extend our sympathy and prayers to Kristy’s two children – Jessika in Year 10 and Zac in Year 7.
Let us pray for all other families in our school community who are currently affected by family illness and sadness.
Father of goodness and love, hear our prayers for the members of our community who are in need. Amid mental and physical suffering may they find consolation in your healing presence.
We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen
Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker is on the hunt for a youth MP to take his place during the New Zealand Youth Parliament 2019.
“Youth Parliament is a wonderful opportunity for young people from all over the country to come to Wellington and debate topical issues facing New Zealand, in the heart of Parliament”, says Mr Walker.
“It’s a great chance for a young person from Clutha-Southland to come and experience the inner workings of Parliament and learn a few new skills.
“I am on the search for a young Clutha-Southlander who is keen to give our region a strong voice in Parliament.
“My fiancé Penny was a youth MP for Eric Roy, and she’s happy to give advice to anyone who wants to apply, and to the person who will become Clutha-Southland’s Youth MP.
“Nominees must be aged 16-18 years old and will come to Wellington in July next year to experience what it’s like to be a MP for a couple of days. They will participate in Parliament, debate a number of issues in Select Committees and attend caucus.”
Mr Walker is looking forward to reading all the applications to see what issues the young people of Clutha-Southland think are most important to the region to raise at Youth Parliament 2019.
To apply, applicants needs to write no more than 750 words to Hamish Walker. It must include what the applicant believes the three biggest issues in Clutha-Southland are, how these issues could be solved and details of their involvement in their local community. Please email your application to Hamish.email@example.com before 1 October 2018.
Congratulations once again to Viv Tamblyn who won the Streetwear section at he WoolOn Awards held in Alexander last weekend. Congratulations also to her daughter, Andre Johnston, who took out the Supreme Award. We have so many talented people amongst our community.
Congratulations to Aidan Forbes who has been selected in the Southland Senior Mens’ Hockey team. Aidan will be heading to Wellington for the Senior Mens’ Tournament. Also a huge well done to Aidan who recently entered a piece of his art called ‘Autumn Rondure’ in the NZ Design Show Awards and was placed 4th. Well done Aidan!
If you would like to nominate anyone for the Gore and District Community Awards please go to www.goredc.govt.nz
Kia ora tatou,
This coming Thursday, 23 August we will be holding our whole school Whanau Conferencing between 2pm and 7pm in the Hall. This is an opportunity for you to meet with the teachers who work with your children.
Year 11 - 13 students have approximately 36 school days until they head away on study leave in November. This does not include the first five days of Term 4 when they will be sitting their practice examinations.
These interviews will be a good time to catch up with teachers in order to check that your children are on track as well as to find out how best you can support them over these 36 days. One thing that you can do is make sure that they are consistently revising at home - very few senior students will have "no homework". There is always revision to be done.
Year 10 students all have NCEA assessments under way, and should also be very focused on their work and revision at this time.
Year 7 and 8 Conferencing is only for the specialist subjects as they have already recently had conferencing with teachers for the core subjects.
Please book your interviews via the normal website (www.schoolinterviews.co.nz) using this code p8z5x.
School will close at 12:50pm. Students are welcome to stay in the library until 3:15pm to catch a bus. If your child is intending to stay at school please inform the Main School Office on 208 9060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please be in touch if you have any concerns or questions.
I look forward to seeing you next week.
Assistant Principal - Teaching and Learning