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Selwyn Times: February 21, 2017

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12 Tuesday February 28 2017 Ellesmere College assembly celebrates students’ success ELLESMERE COLLEGE has celebrated the success of its students in last year’s NCEA exams with a special assembly. Academic blues were awarded to the top-achieving students. To gain an academic blue, students must gain a minimum of 50 NCEA excellence credits. Overall, 30 students gained an excellence endorsement qualifying them for an academic blue. In addition, 33 students gained merit endorsements and the overall pass rates for levels 1, 2 and 3 were above the national averages. Teaghan Mower and Kate Palmer also gained scholarship passes in NCEA physical education. HIGH ACHIEVERS: Level 3 academic blues recipients Kate Palmer (left), Tilly Smith, Grace Hadfield, Teaghan Mower and Lauren Jones. Cassian Duthie was not present. ​ New entrants Has your child recently started school recently? Send your photos to tom. doudney@starmedia.kiwi SCHOOLS Eden, Sophie and Annabel started recently at West Melton School. Olivia and Imogen (right) started recently at West Melton School. SELWYN TIMES TO OF CLASS: Level 2 academic blues recipients Kate Inwood (left), Mikayla Ramsay, Jessica Carter, Jessica Dunlop, Elsie Wadie, Ella McClure, Chrisma Roberts, Neesha Imeson, Emily Barns, Liam Barns, Nicole Ashby, Bridget Wheeler, Alex Barns and Frederick Gash. WELL DONE: Level 1 academic blues recipients Tyla Johansen (left), Matthew Riches, Fylgia Romero, Iain Wright, Megan Dunlop, Lee Anne Alcantara, Phillipa Prendergast, Katie Ferris, Zoe Hamilton and Abbey Millar. ATTENTIVE: Year 9 Rolleston College students Brianna Seaton- Payne (left) and Charlotte Connelly listen as Clearview Primary new entrant pupils Emma Chi (middle left) and Georgia Raines read to them as part of the Rolleston Reads initiative. Noble-Adams Machinery have been selling and servicing spray equipment for over 35 years, we specialise in Agricultural Spraying Equipment. Over the years we have found several products that we know perform well and are reliable one of these products is the Quikspray brand which we have been proudly supporting for around 15 years. Our key advantage at Noble-Adams is that we can custom build a sprayer to suit your requirements. Contact Noble-Adams Machinery for a spraying solution to suit your requirements. 12v retractable hose reels are a cost efficient way of increasing your productivity when spraying. We offer a range of options starting from 100m through to 200m hose reels with high quality “supa-slip” hose either reels only, motor/pump options or complete spray set ups.

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday February 28 2017 13 Backyard critters Watch out for weta Mike Bowie is an ecologist who specialises in entomology (insects and other invertebrates). Each week he introduces a new species found in his backyard at Lincoln. His column aims to raise public awareness of biodiversity, the variety of living things around us WETA ARE New Zealand’s insect icons and as many as 120 species are known here. They are close relatives to crickets and grasshoppers, and are flightless. Most weta are vegetarians, eating leaves and berries but may also eat small insects. One weta species that most people have in their backyard are cave weta. Contrary to their name, not all cave weta live in caves. Rather they live in cool, dark, moist places and come out to feed or look for a mate at night. They have large antennae to help sense their way around and ICONIC INSECT: Contrary to their name, cave weta live in many places other than caves, including gardens. ​ long legs for escaping predators. Females have what looks like a ‘stinger’ at their rear. This is actually an egg-laying appendage called an ovipositor. The ovipositor is inserted into soft soil where their eggs are laid. Cave weta are often found in wood heaps as they often live under bark, in cracks or holes of trees. Artificial refuges called weta motels can be constructed to encourage them into the garden, where this weta was found. That’s it for this week, remember there are 38 days to go until Lincoln’s Bioblitz, a race to count as many different species as possible in 24 hours. •See https://lincolnbioblitz. eventbrite.co.nz for more information or to register. •Specimens collected by Mike Bowie will be logged online at http://naturewatch. org.nz. This is a place where you can share what you see in nature, set up a citizenscience monitoring project and learn about our natural history. The programme allows you to load photos of your specimen and you can ask for identification by experts. HURLING FOOTWEAR: Mac Thomson, Tessa Williams and Sara-Jane Back were looking forward to throwing gumboots in a world record attempt today. ​ Lincoln targets gumboot throwing world record IT IS hoped about 500 people will bring their gumboots along to Lincoln University this morning to help set a Guinness World Record. The Lincoln University Students’ Association will try to set the world record for the number of people taking part in a gumboot throwing competition. Lincoln is looking to take the record back from Massey University which claimed it last year with 478 people involved. Lincoln had previously set the record in 2013 with 348. Association vice-president Tessa Williams said it was hoped 500 people would take part in The Great Gumboot Toss event, which is due to take place today at 11am on the university sports’ fields. “Everyone is welcome. We have it set up through Guinness World Records so it will be official,” Ms Williams said. “There will a chance to have a bit of practice around 10.30am and afterwards there will be the South Island gumboot throwing championships, so if you find a bit of hidden talent you could have a go at that.” Distance was not important for the record attempt. “We all just get together and give it a hurl,” Ms Williams said. ALL SECTIONS COME FULLY FENCED WITH FIBRE TO YOUR BOUNDARY AND FREE, SITE-SPECIFIC GEOTECH REPORTS! BALANCE DUE JUNE 2017 To secure your section call Deane on 0274 352 384 or visit our Sales Office 37 Vernon Drive, turn off Gerald Street by the New World. Open 12-4pm Weds-Sun. liveinlincoln.co.nz Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei – For us and our children after us