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Selwyn Times: June 20, 2017

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8 Tuesday June 20 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Our People SELWYN TIMES Steve Saville Taking on head role at new school Rolleston College was nothing more than a paddock 12 months ago. Now thanks to the hard work from founding principal Steve Saville and his team, the township now has its first high school, built to cater up to 1500 students. He spoke to Georgia O’Connor-Harding How are you finding your role at Rolleston College? We have been running for 15 weeks. We have got 224 year 9 learners and it has been busy. Today, for example, the students are getting ready for their rocket launching – they have been making rockets. They have been making tape murals to put up on the walls along with video making they were doing yesterday on the environment. They have heaps of ideas including putting in wind turbines. Our sports teams are up and running. We will have football and netball teams travelling into Christchurch. We had Canterbury health educators here for a conference today-the students sang them in. It is very busy. Saturday and Sunday Breakfast from 9am EXCITING ROLE: Rolleston College founding principal Steve Saville. PHOTO: GILBERT WEALLEANS ​ Are you trying to get students away from doing your traditional subjects such as math and English? It is about developing them as a person and the attributes they need to function in the changing world. The TVNZ programme Roast meal every lunchtime and Sun Night Mon and Tues Woodfired pizzas $20 Mulled Wine now available What Next? gives insight into what world they will be going into. We are preparing them for that – we are trying to make sure every learner can stand and succeed as the individual they are. We celebrate individuality and diversity and we try to make WOF the students accountable by doing things. Being involved in real-life situations. So they have worked with New Zealand Red Cross and Pink Shirt Day. It is important they learn content but it is important what they do with that content. $45 .00 • Courtesy cars • Oil changes • Full mechanical repairs • Brake & clutch repairs • Transmission flush service • Tyres & batteries • Petrol & diesel servicing Fitzgerald Motors PHONE 03 349 7813 2/193 Waterloo road, Hornby Was it a big leap for you in your career taking on a new school as a principal? Yes, it is very rare and a privilege. A year and a half ago it was basically a paddock and this stage last year we were thinking about employing people. Now we are a school with 26 teachers and about 35 staff in total. Tell me about your background in education? I have been involved in education for more than 35 years now, my entire adult working life. I have been involved in secondary education in a variety or roles from teacher to head of department to principal roles in a number of schools in the Auckland region. I have had five years working at Auckland University and Waikato University in curriculum development and teacher development and a project called Te Kotahitanga. I was the English adviser for the Auckland region. Why did you move to Canterbury? The challenge and opportunity. Without meaning to be, I have been involved in change and management in education for about 15-20 years by working with new schools. MAINSCAPE Garden Supplies Making your great outdoors greater OPEN 6 DAYS Mon-Fri 8am - 5pm, Sat 8am - 3pm WE ARE NOW TAKING GREENWASTE Flax and Cabbage Tree Leaves @ extra cost FIREWOOD NOW AVAILABLE split cut pine and pine offcuts 1543 Springs Rd Phone 021 241 7908 EFTPOS Available Mainscape Garden Supplies ROLLESTON LAW Sound, workable legal advice and solutions Rolleston Office: 78A Rolleston Drive, Rolleston Square Darfield Office: Darfield Business Hub, 68 South Terrace Open 7 days Coffee/Lunch/Dinner Open 11.30am Mon-Fri West Melton Village, Weedons Ross Road Ph 03 421 6481 Courtesy Van available RICHARD GRAY W: T: (03) 374 2547 M: 021 148 6221 E: E: ANITA MOLLOY-ROBERTS

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday June 20 2017 9 a rare privilege Tickets on sale NOW! How have you found the Rolleston community? Because it is a young community and people have moved here over a very recent time it is a can-do community. It is establishing its soul and culture while it is growing. There is a vibrancy about what is possible. I like the fact people have come here from all over – it is like they have been blown here by the wind. Any facilities you would like to see put into Rolleston as it grows? They could all be bigger – the pool and library. The sports centre being planned I hope that will be big because that will be huge. All the things being spoken about in the long-term plan like a picture theatre. There are going to be a huge number of teenagers in the community over the next five years and the facilities need to be there for them so they can be actively involved in sport art and culture. It is important we give young people in this community things to do so they don’t have to drive into Christchurch or even to Lincoln. What do you enjoy doing in you spare time? I like drawing – I am not saying I am any good at it. I like reading, and the outdoors. I take EDUCATION: More than 200 year 9 pupils make up the newly-established Rolleston College. the opportunity of going for book by Terry Pratchett. I like walks, and I do enjoy a good cup biographies, particularly ones of coffee. C4 Coffee in Christchurch is definitely my favourite. science fiction. I just read a book of musicians along with fantasy I like walking around Taylors called And the Walls Came Tumbling Down by Daniel Rachel. Mistake, out at Godley Head. We recently did the walks at Mt Where did you grow up? Cook. In reality you don’t have to I came to Auckland when I go far to come across a spectacular walk – the Bridle Path going Levin. I drifted back to Auckland was five and then we moved to over to Lyttelton. for most of my adult years. I What books are you reading? studied at Horowhenua College I am reading a science fiction When were you born? I was born in a small town called Westgate-on-Sea in the north-east of Kent, England. But my family is all from north London. I went back when I did the OE as we all do in our early 20s for a couple of years but I have probably been back at least four times since. It wasn’t a place you wanted to live? I love London, I think it is the most fantastic place but I couldn’t live there. What made you want to go into education in the first place? Initially it was a love of literature and a love of language but then it became enthusiasm for having an affect on young people’s lives. Teenagers are amazing. Do you have any children? I have two adult children. Our son Keegan, 27, is in London working as a civil engineer and Cosette, 24, is an urban planner at the Auckland Council. They both have busy jobs. Was a big deal for you and your wife Diane to move to Selwyn? The time was right, our kids were adults. We are a tight family but it was time for us to have a bit of adventure as well. They are very excited about it. Was Keegan affected at all by the London fire or the recent terrorist attacks? We actually told him ourselves about the big fire because he was working. He works right around the London Bridge and Borough Market area where the attack happened but he was in Portugal that weekend so we were relieved he was elsewhere. You must worry as a parent? Yes, but you don’t live your life in fear. I was rather he was out living life than not travelling. You have to weigh that up. Want to learn about Selwyn’s freshwater? Call your GP team 24/7 for health advice. If it’s after-hours a nurse is available to give free health advice. Come along to one of our seminars at Lincoln University. Hosted by Selwyn Waihora Zone Committee. Moderated by Sue Jarvis, Lincoln University. DATE TOPIC PRESENTERS Thurs 22 Jun 12pm and 7.30pm Thurs 06 Jul 12pm and 7.30pm Thurs 20 Jul 12pm and 7.30pm Thurs 03 Aug 12pm and 7.30pm Thurs 17 Aug 12pm and 7.30pm Thurs 31 Aug 12pm and 7.30pm Thurs 14 Sep 12pm and 7.30pm Land and water issues – what and how we got here. Water quantity Water quality Te Waihora/ Lake Ellesmere CPW (Central Plains Water) Farming to limits in Selwyn A first step... what more needs to be done. Ken Taylor - Our Land and Water Science Challenge David Perenara-O’Connell - Taumutu Rūnanga Tim Davie - Environment Canterbury Melissa Robson - Landcare Research Tim Davie - Environment Canterbury David Perenara-O’Connell - Taumutu Rūnanga Susan Goodfellow - CPW Ron Pellow - South Island Dairy Development Centre David Birkett - Foundation for Arable Research Panel discussion Lunchtime seminars: Held in the D6 lecture room (Landscape Building) from 12pm to 12.50pm. Evening seminars: Held in the S1 lecture room (Stewart Building) from 7.30pm to 9pm. 12 9 6 3 For more information find us at