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Selwyn Times: June 28, 2016

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4 Tuesday June 28 2016 News $79,500 for Darfield Primary DARFIELD PRIMARY School has been given funding for new ways of teaching. School teachers Keri Conrad and Mark Rob applied for funding from the Ministry of Education to trial new approaches to teaching and looking at how to prepare pre-school children for primary school. Darfield Primary and its partner Annabel’s Educare, of Darfield, will receive $79,500 for its project, which the school will run for two years. This funding allocation has come as part of the Government’s $359 million Investing in Educational Success initiative which aims to encourage collaboration between schools to enhance teaching practices. Darfield Primary principal Aaron Richards said it is exciting for the school to gain this funding. “It’s good news for the school, especially the teachers that put the proposed project together,” Mr Richards said. The school has partnered up with Canterbury University to carry out the research and in the second year it hopes to share what they have learnt with other primary schools. “In the second year of the project we hope to share what we have learnt with other schools in the Malvern area,” said Mr Richards. Selwyn MP Amy Adams has welcomed the allocation of funding and what it means for local schools. “I’m happy to see our local education providers working together to raise achievement for children here in Selwyn,” “These projects will trial new ways of doing things, all with the aim to increase achievement for young New Zealanders. Where these projects are successful, other schools will be able to learn from the successes as well so that excellent practice becomes common practice,” Ms Adams said. This round of the fund involves 114 schools and six early childhood education providers, and has committed about $3.6 million of the $18 million fund. The next funding round will open in November. Modern learning comes to growing Tai Tapu School • By Caitlin Miles TAI TAPU School officially opened its new learning space on Friday. The learning space is the equivalent of nine classrooms which will cater for students from year 3 to 8. The pupils started the opening ceremony by performing a waiata for the community which was followed by several speeches and a powhiri, before the ribbon was cut by principal Andrew Barker. The building is part of the Ministry of Education’s move to make more open plan learning spaces in schools around Canterbury. The learning space has been built on existing school ground and is the equivalent of nine classrooms. Six original classrooms were removed as they were too old and three were added to cope with role growth. The building was completed in under a year. The school is sitting at just under 300 pupils, and Mr Barker believes the school will be at 300 by the end of the year. NEW SPACE: Parents and members of the community enjoyed getting to look around the new building. WELCOME: Students sung a waiata to start the ceremony before the new building was opened. ​ The space has a kitchen, open learning spaces, quiet places for learning and access to technology, like Apple TV. The community and parents enjoyed getting to see the new space and have been supportive SELWYN TIMES of the changes. “They are really impressed by the space, especially since the kids have been raving about it,” he said. The pupils have been using the space for just over a month and have already adjusted to the new environment. “They have taken to it like a duck to water, their values and their competencies and how they have just come in and their learning is just thriving in this environment,” Mr Barker said. The learning space will allow for further role growth at the school. Warm up with us Seniors two-course LUNCH SPECIAL Special available lunch only Monday - Saturday 12pm - 2.30pm Conditions apply. RACECOURSE HOTEL & MOTOR LODGE OPEN 7 DAYS from 6.30am for BREAKFAST - LUNCH - DINNER 118 Racecourse Rd, Sockburn, Christchurch. Ph 03 342 7150 (opposite Riccarton Raceway) HEAT PUMPS Which one is right for you? • Single-split, Multi-split, Ducted? • Wall, Floor console, Ceiling cassette, Concealed? • Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Fujitsu, Daikin, Toshiba...? Find out with a FREE HOME APPRAISAL from the Independent Heat Pump Experts. BOOK NOW 0800 47 48 97 Soup/Roast - OR - Roast/Dessert TWO COURSES $20 RESTAURANT & CAFÉ ‘Famous for their roasts!’ CHILDREN under 12 : two courses : from $10 THE INDEPENDENT SPECIALISTS

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday June 28 2016 5 News Chris Jones • By Tom Doudney SELWYN’S police will see a changing of the guard this month, with both of the district’s two Rolleston-based sergeants being replaced. The move is part of a nationwide reshuffle of sergeants. Sergeants Chris Jones and Paul Piper, the highest ranked officers based permanently in Selwyn, are being moved to Christchurch. They have served the district for three and a half years and two years respectively. They will be replaced at Paul Piper Alex Pickover Comings and goings for policing in Selwyn Rolleston by Sergeants Alex Pickover and Grant Stewart, both of whom live in Selwyn. Senior Sergeant Pete Stills said both Sergeant Jones and Sergeant Piper had done an excellent job in the district. “They’re two very capable, experienced, quality supervisors, very good decision makers, calm and very level headed, both have a good ability to see things for what they are, they cut to the chase and there is no airy-fairy mucking about with them – I am losing two high quality sergeants,” he said. Grant Stewart Having the new sergeants living in the district was important, Senior Sergeant Stills said. “If they’re living in the area they will have some local knowledge and they will also have a passion for people being safe in their own neighbourhood.” Sergeant Jones has already finished at Rolleston while Sergeant Piper will finish at the end of this week. Sergeant Stewart will start at Rolleston on Monday and Sergeant Pickover will start later in July. In Brief MAN STOPPED WITH ROAD SPIKES Road spikes were deployed to stop a 20-year-old man driving an unwarranted, unregistered vehicle after a pursuit which started at about 1am on Saturday. The man, who only had a learner’s licence, has been charged with failing to stop and dangerous driving. Constable Bryan McQueen said he had attempted to get the man to pull over near the intersection of Burnham School Rd and Telegraph Rd after noticing that his vehicle had American licence plates on the car but he had sped off instead. The man did not have a current address but had recently lived in Rolleston and Ashburton.​ EVENTS FUNDING APPLICATION Applications for the district council’s events fund opens this month. There is $50,000 available for organisations to apply for this year. In the past the district council has provided funding for 18 events, including the Hororata Highland Games, Rolleston Community Fireworks Night and the Koru Games. Funding applications close at the start of next month. RATES TO INCREASE Rates will increase as a result of the district council adopting the annual plan for 2016/17. At the last meeting the district council adopted the annual plan for 2016- 2017. The plan includes spending $500,000 on improving footpaths around the townships, changes to current water meter charges and the council will bring forward planned work to widen Jones Rd between Weedons Ross and Hoskyns Rds and complete this next year due to the increased amount of traffic generated by developments on this road. PARK FUNDING PLAN GOING AHEAD The district council will move ahead with a proposed funding plan for a new large-scale park. The proposal includes funding part of the park cost from development contributions from new subdivisions in Rolleston and the balance of the cost from a rate of $20 a year per property. The park is located north of Rolleston and is expected to be developed from 2020 on wards. WINNING LOTTO TICKET – ROLLESTON NEW WORLD Rolleston New World customers will be checking their tickets after a winning Lotto first division ticket was sold there. The ticket holder has won $250,000 from the first division ticket. Sharing the top prize with three other lucky winners from around the country. The ONE STOP SHOP Rolleston Needed We all know Rolleston is growing, and with that growth comes the need for services to expand and to broaden. Investment in the town is a show of optimism and confidence that locals are here to stay and that they will support local businesses. The gaps in services are being filled across all industries and the result is that “people who live here, can truly live here and not feel the need to “go to town” for essential goods and services” Brenna Sincock Hearing in Rolleston, Leeston and Darfield has accepted the challenge to provide a one stop shop for all audiology needs. Her personal approach and her vast experience in the profession make her the audiologist of choice in the area, and she welcomes new clients and existing hearing aid wearers to enroll in her practice and start enjoying the benefits of her expertise. When Brenna opened in Rolleston, she was determined to set the standard for audiology in the area. She invested in state of the art diagnostic equipment to rival the big companies. This allows Brenna to help with ACC and Ministry of Health hearing aid subsidy applications, and her clinic in Rolleston is certified for all ACC hearing tests. As a local, Brenna is additionally able to offer home visits, after hours and weekend appointments and same-day fittings. Adding to Brenna’s list of services, she has taken on board the requests of locals, and is now happy to be offering a regular wax removal service performed by herself and specialist ear nurses. Locals can have multiple needs addressed in the one appointment, saving time and money. “Hearing aid wearers especially benefit from regular wax removal, to ensure their aids are functioning at their best, as wax build up can impact on hearing aid performance.” Brenna says. “I want to make this service affordable and accessible, so enrolled hearing aid wearers and ACC hearing aid clients enjoy a discount when they opt for regular wax monitoring and removal Choose local audiology Call 03 390 2332 today Brenna is also passionate about promoting hearing protection to help avoid hearing loss and it’s negative effects. She has visited local gun clubs and shooting ranges promoting hearing safety. Rex Gardiner, of the Dunsandel Small Bore Shooting Club has commended her on her excellent service, saying she has done “a real community service in making people aware of hearing protection from an educational standpoint.” Brenna Sincock Hearing 36 Tennyson Street, Rolleston. 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