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Selwyn Times: August 08, 2017

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8 Tuesday August 8 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SCHOOLS ECO-FRIENDLY: Abigail Jackson is selling brightly coloured reusable produce bags to fundraise for school projects. Southbridge Primary ditches chocolate for produce bags SOUTHBRIDGE Primary School has changed the way it fundraises for projects in a bid to support the environment. Chocolate bars have been dropped for selling brightly coloured reusable produce bags as a new way of fundraising. Southbridge is one of the first in the country to sign up to waste-reducing Christchurch company The Rubbish Whisperer’s new scheme, which aims to provide environmentally-friendly fundraising alternatives for schools. The 100 per cent polyester reusable produce bags are handmade in Christchurch and are designed as a lightweight option to take to the supermarket. Southbridge teacher aid Carrie Jones-Dakers said she is excited about fundraising money in a different way while benefiting the environment. “If we can teach our children to reduce, or even eliminate, plastic usage, then it will help the environment hugely and benefit them and the planet when they are older,” she said. The Rubbish Whisperer has sold more than 13,500 reusable bags across New Zealand and was formed in 2013 by Helen Rupp. Lincoln students show off big brains A LINCOLN High School student has won a of an Otago University medical competition about how the brain works. Year 11 student Alan Li has been selected to travel to Sydney in December to take part in the Australian Brain Bee Challenge after winning the New Zealand equivalent. Alan took out the New Zealand Brain Bee Challenge individual question round against 88 other South Island high school students. Alan and fellow Lincoln student Maria Nieto Mendoza made it into the final seven competitors before he took the top prize. Lincoln students Annalyse Welford, Breanna Gatehouse, Ryan Gibbs, Madison McQuinlan, Hannah Newell and Janelle Kwan also competed. New entrants • Do you have a child starting school? Send your photos to georgia.oconnor@ starmedia.kiwi But that was not the only success for the school. The school’s team won first place in the Brain Bee team challenge, making Lincoln the school champions. Alan, Maria, Madison and Annalyse formed the team and were required to answer a mix of team and individual questions. The school’s science head of learning area assistant, Anna NEW START: Southbridge Primary School pupil Rylan King celebrated his first day at school last week. SELWYN TIMES CHAMPIONS: Alan Li, Annalyse Welford, Maria Nieto Mendoza and Madison McQuinlan won the team Brain Bee Challenge. Milne, said the students put a lot of hard work into their study before leaving and conducted themselves in a fantastic way while away. As well as winning both categories of the competition, students listened to guest speakers, took part in electrostimulation labs, toured laboratories and visited Dunedin’s Anatomy Museum. Pupils hit the Porters slopes Springfield School year 1 pupil Harvey Youdale visited the Porters Ski Area as part of its school programme. ‘the Best little PReschool in lincoln’ Melodies Preschool is a small boutique preschool of only 30 children per day nestled in the heart of Lincoln township that provides high quality care and education for boys and girls aged 2-5 years. Our unique daily programme incorporates specialist music, dance, gym and art sessions using the Carl Orff approach and Gill Connell’s Moving Smart programme. The children enjoy discovering, creating and exploring our indoor environment which includes a spacious music room and art room. The natural outdoor environment is designed with your child’s creativity and physical hoW childRen leaRn and develoP 90% of a child’s brain develops in the first 5 years. Quality experiences and interactions help shape your child’s future during this time. Music develops a separate part of the brain that is linked to memory and awakens the senses, develops language and promotes confidence and creativity. Children learn through movement and real sensory experiences. High Quality Preschool Education is the smallest most important investment you could make to your child’s future. development in mind. Static equipment is limited so that children are able to create their own huts, games, obstacle courses and always be physically challenged. Every day the outdoor environment is different. Our low child to teacher ratio of 7 children to 1 teacher (Ministry Regulations are 10:1) provides a nurturing attentive atmosphere where children are engaged in meaningful play where there is always a teacher to care, support and extend on your child’s interest. It also allows teachers to provide amazing activities, lessons and interactions that would not otherwise happen in a higher child to teacher ratio environment. We also provide an exceptional Transition to School programme for 4 – 5 years olds that is highly regarded by local New Entrant teachers and Principals. Children at Melodies become happy creative, confident, innovative learners. Here are some facts about how children develop. 27 West Belt Road, lincoln 03 325 2227 | info@melodiespreschool.co.nz | www.melodiespreschool.co.nz

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