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Selwyn Times: November 15, 2016

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16 Tuesday November 15 2016 Hororata’s top scouts earn numerous awards New entrant SELWYN TIMES ACHIEVERS Has your child recently started school? Send your photos to tom.doudney@ • By Tom Doudney BEFORE LAST month no member of the Hororata Scout Group had ever earned the Queen’s Scout Award or a gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award. Now one of its venturer scouts, Brogan Baldwin, 17, has achieved both. She was presented with both awards, the highest a youth scouting member can earn, by Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy last month, and was recognised again at a recent ceremony at the Hororata Scout Den. The honours come two years after she became the group’s first ever female chief scout. To earn the awards, Brogan completed a range of tasks and challenges over 12 months, including travelling to Borneo where she was part of a group which helped build and raise funds for a basketball court at a local village; and helping to run a Scouts New Zealand leaders’ forum. Brogan was one of six from the Hororata Scout Group to be recognised at the ceremony. Hanako Wilson, James Grafton and Thomas Grafton HIGH ACHIEVER: Brogan Baldwin was presented with her Queen Scout and Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award by her venturer leader David Grafton. received Chief Scout Awards and bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Awards. Rachel McLean also received the Chief Scout Award and Robert Harris received his bronze, bilver and gold Scout Awards along with 10 personal challenge badges. Hororata venturer leader David Grafton said for a small country group, these were outstanding achievements by its youth members. Brogan’s awards were particularly notable. “She is an outstanding young lady who is years ahead of her age in maturity,” Mr Grafton said. “I would expect, in time, to see big things from Brogan, she is just one of those people.” FIRST DAY: West Melton School welcomed a number of new entrants recently. (Above) Isabelle, Robbie, Evelyn, Ethan, (below) Sophie, Lara, Vibeke, Austin and (right) Hayden. Get a FREE 32'' LG TV * *when you purchase a Celeste QUEEN, KING OR SUPER KING mattress + base DREAMFOAM PHYSIOCARE CELESTE Queen mattress + base 100% pure New Zealand wool fibre with knitted top panel. Luxurious Dreamfoam and Memory Gel foam comfort and support layers. $ 1999 SAVE $1000 Offers valid 26 October to 21 November 2016 Riccarton Megastore, 179 Blenheim Rd. Phone 341 3196 • OPEN 7 DAYS • EARLY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL Laybuy plus finance available diGital pianos From $899 Fender electric Guitar pack Fender Squirer Strat, AXL Amp, Tuner, Lead, Strap and pics. $399 audio tecHnica Head pHones from $22 50 steel strinG Guitars $99 acoustic palatino pianos from $6000 Cnr Wordsworth & Brisbane Sts, Christchurch. Free On-Site Parking off Brisbane Street. Ph: 366 1949 saMson MicropHones From $25 keyboards Including adaptor $59

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday November 15 2016 17 Lemonwood Grove School days foster community feel The new and exciting Lemonwood Grove School/Te Uru Tarata in Rolleston opened its doors to students and parents on Community Planting Day to view the impressive new campus for the first time, and be a part of a very special school community. As the time draws closer to the opening of Lemonwood Grove School/ Te Uru Tarata the future school pupils, parents, Establishment Board of Trustees (EBoT) and staff have been participating in a number of events to help foster a positive school community and culture. The first event to be held was a community get together at the Farringdon playground where EBoT members and school families were able to participate in fun activities including a bouncy castle, craft table, face painting, and games. The community planting day at the school, organised and sponsored by Southbase, gave all participants a sense of ownership as they all mucked in to get the landscape looking more beautiful by planting native plants around the school The Lemonwood Grove School Establishment Board of Trustees: Tracey Riley (Chairperson), Keren Hocken, Drew Winter, Maureen Kerr (Governance Facilitator), Sean Bailey (Foundation Principal) Rebeca Scott, Linda Youl (Ministry of Education). buildings with help from Outerspace Landscapes. The planting was followed by a sausage sizzle and refreshments as well as a walk through the new school to see what the learning environments will be like when the first pupils start next year. Southbase Construction even added in a pleasant surprise when it gifted the school colourful, modern chairs for the hall and gym. EBoT chairperson Tracey Riley says the community members have been extremely positive about the new school development and the relationships formed at the two events have been a great first step in developing productive working relationships between the EBoT, staff and families. “There is a real excitement by everyone in the community about Lemonwood Grove School. What is fantastic to see is that future learners are excited about being the foundation students. The staff members have been extremely approachable and parents are also feeling real ownership of the school with much interest in the Board of Trustees elections in May 2017.” “We are all looking forward to seeing those foundation students walk through the gates next year and to see the wonderful learning that will happen in this new school.” Lemonwood School principal Sean Bailey says he’s most excited about developing learner-centred relationships with the community. “These relationships will mean we will develop children who are problem solvers, who work hard and are engaged in the learning process. They will be motivated to work both on their own and collaboratively with other students.” The school uniform is also an important aspect in creating an identity for students, says EBoT member Rebecca Scott. “We are so excited about our uniform. It is a totally unique colour and we know the children are going to love it and wear it with pride.” Located in the Farringdon subdivision, the formation of the new school has involved a huge effort by the EBoT which has worked closely with Stephenson and Turner Architects, Southbase Construction and the Ministry of Education. Set to open on January 30, 2017, the school will cater for up to 450 students in years 1 to 8 with a stage two plan in place to increase this number to 750. For more information visit Lemonwood Grove School 540-546 East Maddisons Road, Rolleston