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Selwyn Times: September 12, 2017

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14 Tuesday September 12 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES Your Local Views Volunteers help students achieve outside school Darfield High School principal James Morris writes about the role of parents and organisations in the school’s sporting, cultural and academic activities I would like to celebrate those staff, parents and others in the community who contribute their time, energy and skills to activities for students beyond the core subjects they normally take in school. These sporting, cultural and academic activities are an important part of the culture of our school and the learning that students do. In noting a few recent examples, I keep in mind that this is only a small part of the picture of contributions to the school. Rather, these are examples that illustrate the value of those who can go the extra mile. Last week hockey, basketball. rugby and netball teams competed in the national secondary schools tournament week in various locations around the South Island. In order for the students to be part of this, we rely on the dedication throughout the season of the coaches, managers and parents (often the same person) to prepare, transport and manage the teams. Each year, the Malvern Lions club run two Fries Days at the school to raise funds for our young achievers reward trip. For each of these, a big team of Lions volunteers donate their time to run the production of the food. We appreciate Lions ongoing support of our school and the students. Year 12 students participated in an interview day where they were interviewed by employers in mock job interviews as part of their preparation for real interviews in the future. Many local businesses and individuals gave their time to provide this valuable learning experience. Many of our students and other children are also involved in gymnastics at the school gym on Fridays. This was started three years ago by a parent when she saw a need in the community. It has grown to be a big part of many families weekly calendar, with more than 100 participants spread over four sessions, including some of our students involved as leaders. Year 8 classes are working together to develop a vegetable garden with the intention of making products to sell using the vegetables they grow. The teachers leading this project appreciate the support of several local companies which have supplied materials to get it off the ground. ADVENTURE: Meg Watson (left) taking on the outdoors as part of an eight-day Outward Bound course. West Melton woman takes to the wilderness WEST MELTON woman Meg Watson has proved that having a neurological condition is no barrier to achieving things she never dreamed possible. Ms Watson, 21, attended Horizons, an eight-day Outward Bound course adapted for people with a range of intellectual disabilities. Her group of students was challenged to test their boundaries through activities in the outdoors, including sailing, high ropes and climbing rock faces blindfolded. With a neurological condition that affects her focus and balance, accompanied by mood disorders, including depression and anxiety, Ms Watson said going to Outward Bound really showed her she was capable of anything. “While it was challenging being away from family, I had time to think and I learned a lot about myself. I realised anything is possible. There were some really challenging activities, like climbing the rock face but I did it and loved it. We really are capable of doing things we don’t think are possible,” she said. Being around people 24/7 was also a highlight. “Being with people meant there was always someone to talk to. I loved having people around me,” she said. Saturday and Sunday Breakfast from 9am ROLLESTON LAW Sound, workable legal advice and solutions Rolleston Office: 78A Rolleston Drive, Rolleston Square Darfield Office: Darfield Business Hub, 68 South Terrace New Gold Card Lunch Menu RICHARD GRAY W: www.meareswilliams.co.nz T: (03) 374 2547 M: 021 148 6221 E: rcg@meareswilliams.co.nz E: am@meareswilliams.co.nz ANITA MOLLOY-ROBERTS Smaller portions = Smaller prices Available Mon-Fri lunches Open 7 days Coffee/Lunch/Dinner Open 11.30am Mon-Fri | Ph 03 421 6481 West Melton Village, Weedons Ross Road www.twofatpossums.co.nz Courtesy Van available Our gorgeous specialty pies, sausage rolls & quiches Plus extensive range of slices, muffins, scones, sandwiches, paninis, bagels coffee & more. CATERING AVAILABLE Gorgeous Food specialist bakery OPEN SATURDAY 7am - 1.30pm 66-68 Springs Rd. Ph: 344 6044. Email: gorgeousfood@xtra.co.nz Open Monday-Friday 6am-3.30pm www.gorgeousfood.co.nz

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