10 Tuesday May 17 2016 Lake focus of stage show Lake Ellesmere/Te Waihora delicate eco-system will be presented as a stage show filled with circus skills, dance and Maori performing arts by high school students. Ellesmere College has chosen the lake as the basis of its performance at the Stage Challenge and J Rock competition, held at Horncastle Arena tonight. Twenty-eight high schools, intermediate and primary schools are competing at the event, where students work together to portray performances on themes reflecting issues that concern them. The college’s year 7 to year 13 students will use a mix of performance arts in their performance. Meanwhile, Darfield High School will take to the stage tomorrow night with its performance Voice the Roar, which tells the story of humans exploiting the earth. Year 13 student Emily de Rooy said it has been a massive project that has taken a lot of work. Stage Challenge has been part of New Zealand’s youth performing arts scene since 1993. Event manager Hazel Reid said the competition gives youth invaluable life experience and acts as the perfect platform to showcase talent in all its forms. Easier transition for students Seven Selwyn schools have joined a nationwide programme to make the transition from primary to high school easier for students. Broadfield, Ladbrooks, Lincoln High, Lincoln Primary, Prebbleton, Springston and Tai Tapu schools are now involved in the Community of Learning programme by the Ministry of Education. It aims to help schools work together to ensure a smooth transition for students. The Selwyn programme is called Nga Matapuna o Nga Pakihi. Selwyn MP Amy Adams (left) said the shared teaching practices and expertise will lead to better outcomes for students. Ms Adams said that evidence shows that quality of teaching and school leadership are the two most important factors in a child’s education, so the Government is supporting those areas. Selwyn MP Amy Adams has welcomed the formation of the schools. “Students at these schools will benefit from shared teaching practices and expertise, with SCHOOLS WORK TOGETHER: Lincoln High School and other Selwyn schools have joined in the Community of Learning project which aims to make the transition from primary to high school smoother for students. teachers working alongside each other on goals to help improve educational outcomes in the classroom,” Ms Adams said. The programme is funded as part of the Government’s $359 million nationwide scheme. “Across the country, more than 1000 schools are working together in Communities of Learning to raise student achievement – supporting more than 320,000 Kiwi kids,” said Ms Adams. SELWYN TIMES Ms Adams said that evidence shows that quality of teaching and school leadership are the two most important factors in a child’s education, so the Government is supporting those areas.
SELWYN TIMES Tuesday May 17 2016 11 Reunion for bed-pushers A group of former Lincoln University students reunited 55 years on from breaking a bed-pushing record set by a rival university. In 1961 ten agricultural science students decided to beat a ‘bed pushing’ record set by Massey University when they pushed a standard hospital bed around Hagley Park for three days non-stop, clocking up a distance of nearly 500km. The Lincoln team beat the record set by Massey University and boasted at the time that their effort had set a new Australasian record. One of the bed-pushers, Lincoln University Honorary Associate Professor Peter Nuthall, organised the reunion with fellow bedpusher Allan Frazer. “Everyone gets on well, as we were a close group of friends as students, and this has stayed the same after 55 years,” Dr Nuthall says. The group visited Hudson Hall, where most of them had resided at various stages during their time at the university. The bed-pushers have reunited several times over the years, including on the 30 th and 40 th anniversaries of the 1961 event. REUNION: Six of the Lincoln bedpushers strike a pose in a Hudson Hall bedroom during their reunion visit to campus last Friday. Hudson Hall was home to most of the group members during their time as students. Pictured (from left) are: Jim Davis, Don Manson, Brian Milne, Allan Frazer, Peter Nuthall and Mick Calder (on bed). (Left): Peter Newman, Bob Diprose, John Labes, Peter Nuthall, Allan Frazer, Malcolm Douglas, Don Manson, Brian Milne, Jim Davis and Mick Calder in 1961 after beating Massey University’s bed pushing record. More housing touted in plan Looking at housing intensification in Darfield and Leeston, particularly for social and older people housing, are part of long term plans for the areas. The district council has opened consultation on the area plan for Ellesmere and Malvern. Community meetings begin tomorrow on the plans. Included are the options for housing intensification and the feasibility of establishing a walking/cycling link between McHughs Forest Park. The district council has also indicated it wants to carry out town centre studies in Leeston, Darfield, Springfield and Southbridge looking at issues such as transport, beautification, accessibility of community facilities and business land. “The area plans will guide the growth of townships in Ellesmere and Malvern through to 2031,” said district council strategy and policy planner Andrew Mactier, Dunsandel Rugby Clubrooms - Wednesday 18 May, 6.30pm, Leeston Library Meeting Room - Sunday 22 May, 1pm, Southbridge Hall - Thursday 26 May, 6.30pm, Darfield Recreation Centre - Sunday 29 May, 1pm, Glentunnel Hall - Monday 30 May, 6.30pm, Springfield Hall - Wednesday 1 June, 6.30pm, Darfield Recreation Centre - Thursday 2 June, 6.30pm