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Selwyn Times: June 21, 2016

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12 Tuesday June 21 2016 Amy Adams Selwyn MP SCHOOLS SELWYN TIMES A Big Thank You To Selwyn’s Volunteers This week (from the 19th to the 25th of June) is National Volunteer Week. This year’s themes are Make time - Whai whā and Thanks for making time - Kia ora mō tāu whai whā. Volunteering is any activity that involves offering your unpaid time, energy and skills for the greater good. Around 1.2 million New Zealanders (approximately one-third of the population) are volunteers. New Zealand is a leading nation in terms of the contribution made by our volunteers. A 2008 study of the New Zealand non-profit sector estimated that volunteers make up 67% of the non-profit workforce. This is equivalent to 133,799 full-time positions. While we might traditionally think of volunteers as retired folk giving back to their community – and I know many amazing individuals in Selwyn who fit into that category – I was interested to learn that the people who volunteer the most in New Zealand are those in the 30-39 age group. Some of these volunteers may not even realise that they are volunteering when they offer to help out on school trips or in school classrooms or fundraise for their school PTA or preschool. However, without parents, grandparents and others giving up their time to help out in these ways, our school communities would be much more limited in what they could achieve. Volunteers create positive change in many areas. They work in our communities’ churches; provide health, educational and social services; assist with sports and recreation; promote arts and culture; provide emergency services; contribute to environmental and conservation efforts; and provide many other important services. Many people these days feel that they don’t have Visiting the Kirwee Volunteer Fire Brigade in 2015 enough time to volunteer. Our lives seem busy with the responsibilities of our paid employment, running our household, managing our family obligations and other activities such as sport and hobbies. However, some of the busiest people I know are those that still manage to make time to contribute as a volunteer. Many volunteers report that they gain a huge amount from their volunteering, such as learning new skills, meeting new people and forming life-long friendships. They also gain a sense of pride and satisfaction that they are doing something meaningful and making a real difference in their community. So in keeping with the theme of this week, I would like to thank all of Selwyn’s volunteers for the many ways in which you make our community a better place. If you are not a volunteer already, please thank someone who is for making time to contribute to our community, and consider whether you could make time to volunteer yourself. WINNERS: The Leeston Celtics of Leeston Consolidated School had their first win this week beating Ladbrooks B 27-0 in basketball. From left to right – Lily Nimmo, Sam Humm, Lee Crossan, Joel Cockrem, TJ Gibson, Tai Ross and Hope Chmiel. New entrants Cerys and Harry joined West Melton School recently. Lily and Millie also joined the school as new entrant pupils. Has your child recently started school? Send your photos to caitlin.miles@ AMY ADAMS MP FOR SELWYN If you would like to sign up for my newsletter please visit www.amyadams. CONTACT P 03 344 0418 | F 03 344 0420 E Thank you to all the great volunteers in our communities. Authorised by Amy Adams, 829 Main South Road, Templeton, Christchurch

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday June 21 2016 13 GROW West Rolleston Primary School has been giving pupils toast and a hot drink over the winter months. GROW launched this term and is the equivalent of a parent teacher association. Every Tuesday through the winter months they are offering toast and the choice of hot chocolate or hot blackcurrant to cater to lactose intolerance. TASTY: Katana and Josh had their hands full as they sat down with toast and hot chocolate TIME FOR TOAST: James, George and Ruby snack on their toast. CREATING: To celebrate Matariki, the Maori New Year, West Melton School pupils made kites out of flax, flowers, feathers and other native plants. Parents helped the pupils create the kites. Bertie and Matua display the kite they created. The pupils were encouraged to be as creative as possible. Varicose Vein Treatment Non-surgical Vein Laser Treatments available Free Assessment Tired of aching and unsightly veins? No surgery, no scars, no stitches. No time off work - continue normal daily activities. An affiliated provider to Southern Cross Health Society (medical necessity criteria apply) - check your policy for cover. Enjoy skirts, short and cropped pants again. Payment plans available (Conditions apply) | 52A Mandeville St | Riccarton | 08002lookgood | 343 2880 *Conditions: Sales until 24 Jun 2016, unless sold out prior. Pricing is per person twin share flying Air New Zealand Seat+Bag from Christchurch to Fiji & Bali, and Qantas Economy Class from Auckland to Los Angeles. Fiji: 1 Aug - 21 Sep 16, 10 Oct – 18 Dec 16 & 17 Jan - 31 Mar 17. Bali: Price valid for first 100 people only. 10 Aug to 21 Sep 16. Anaheim: 18 Jul - 22 Jul 16, 30 Jul - 3, Aug 16, 14 Aug - 1 Sep 16, 4 Sep - 16 Sep 16, 29 Sep – 16 Oct 16, 22 Jan - 6 Feb 17, 10 Feb - 8 Mar 17 & 19 Mar - 31 Mar 17. FLY BUYS: Double points offer is valid only for flights or holiday bookings within the advertised ‘SALE SALE SALE’ and must be made & paid in full between 21 – 24 June 2016. Further conditions apply. Ask in store or see online for full details. GENERAL: Travel requiring an overnight stay is at an additional charge.Travel agent service fees are not included. Prices are correct as at time of printing & may be subject to change without notice. Prices are based on payment by cash or EFTPOS only. HW0420.