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Selwyn Times: September 12, 2017

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18 Tuesday September 12 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Jurassic future ahead for Rolleston’s teen scientist A ROLLESTON College student has been recognised for achieving 29 science badges as part of a scheme designed to promote students interest in science activities. Bailey Faas, 13, was awarded bronze, silver and gold star badges by the Science Award Trust for being the first person to complete 29 badges. The topics of each badge ranged from agriculture to zoology. Science Award Trust chairwoman Sue Jarvis said Bailey was the first student to achieve the high number of badges and the trust congratulates him on his amazing achievement. The science badge scheme is run by the Science Award Trust, a group of current and former teachers who give their time voluntarily to provide science resources to students, parents and teachers Bailey first started completing science badges when he was in year 7 at Rolleston School. “I saw a girl in assembly getting a badge for ‘large animals’. It sounded like fun and I wanted to try it,” he said. Zoology was Bailey’s first science badge and he completed another two while still in year 7. Last year, while in year 8, WELL DONE: Science Award Trust chairwoman Sue Jarvis presented Rolleston College student Bailey Faas with his bronze, silver and gold star badges and a letter of congratulations. Bailey worked tirelessly and completed 20 additional badges, bringing his total to 23 by the end of primary school. As one of the foundation learners at Rolleston College this year, Bailey had the opportunity to continue his science investigations. As part of the school’s science extension selected course “just a theory”, he completed the last six remaining science badges available. “I have always been interested in astronomy and palaeontology – the palaeontology badge was my favourite,” he said. Bailey said science has expanded his knowledge on a number of things and he recommends the scheme for other people too. Looking ahead to the future, Bailey plans to take as many science-selected courses at his school as possible. Regarding his career plans, he is thinking of joining the military, or even the military police. “That, or I become a palaeontologist,” he said. •For more information on the scheme, go to www. sciencebadges.co.nz or email sue.jarvis@orcon.net. nz SCHOOLS GROWTH: Prebbleton School has welcomed the arrival of the 500th pupil on its roll for the first time in its 160-year history. Harry Dally, 5, was the 500th student for the year. He was all smiles as he started his first day in the school’s new entrant learning area. ​ Ellesmere speech winners roar SELWYN TIMES SCHOOL DAYS should be shorter. Farming isn’t bad. These were the topics Ellesmere College students discussed in last week’s Selwyn Lions Speech Competition. Flynn Price won the year 7 category of the competition and Jennifer Barnett took second place in the year 8 section. Thirteen schools entered the competition which took place at the Prebbleton School hall. Administration support teacher Lindsay Cook said gaining first and second places was a great result for the students. In his speech, Flynn was all for a shorter school day because some students get on the bus at 7.45am and do not return home until 4.30pm. He said that is a long day and involves many kilometres of travel. For young people, he reasons that the early start is not condu- GIFT OF THE GAB: Jennifer Barnett and Flynn Price after the Selwyn Lions Speech Competition awards. cive to good learning and that it would be better for the school day to run from 10am to 2pm. Jennifer Barnett lives on a crop and sheep farm. She said many people are against farming and blame environmental problems, such as the issues with Lake Ellesmere/Te Waihora, on farming when there are other contributing factors such as the effects of bird droppings. GET CONNECTED WITH Scorch Broadband 0800 726 724 www.scorch.co.nz

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday September 12 2017 19 School play gets airtime LEESTON Consolidated School pupils have let their creative juices flow writing an original play. After a couple of sessions with the School For Young Writers the pupils spent five hours rehearsing their play which was aired on Plains FM recently. How World War 3 Happened Because of a Paper Clip tells the story of a girl called Gabby, the daughter of the prime minister who reveals top secret information during a speech competition. The speech, which was livestreamed, did not end well because the information would have been misinterpreted by the audience in Japan. Gabby and her friends have to stop the information from reaching Japan to prevent World War 3. INNOVATIVE: Pupils Caitlin White, Holly Johnson, Ruby Johnson and Angus Morton reading their original play at Plains FM 96.9 Community Access Radio based in Christchurch. BRIGHT IDEAS: The team of Leeston Consolidated School pupils behind a new original play. Back row – Ruby Johnson, Holly Johnson, Caitlin White and Ingrid Aquino. Middle – Angus Morton, Ronan Johnson and Scarlett Dalley. Front – Emily Price and Amber Faulkner. ​ INNOVATIVE: Springston School pupils were presented with the overall trophy for the Lincoln Envirotown’s Selwyn Environmental Video Awards on Friday. PHOTO: ERROL WOOD ​ Eel-saving video recognised SPRINGSTON SCHOOL has been recognised for a clever video they created about saving eels. Two pupils from the school won the overall trophy for the Lincoln Envirotown’s Selwyn Environmental Video Awards on Friday. The award called the Kea Trophy 2017 was presented to the pupils by Deputy Mayor Malcolm Lyall. Lincoln Envirotown Trust chairwoman Dr Sue Jarvis said it was a simple but effective video featuring an eel puppet made out of an old sock. She said the video clearly outlined what people can do to save the eels. There was stiff competition from the diverse groups and individuals that had put their filmmaking skills into showing their concerns and actions relating the environment. Dr Jarvis said all were winners on the night as everyone came away with a certificate and a bag of goodies kindly donated by Rolleston Square, Enviro-Mark Solutions, and The Warehouse Rolleston. New World Lincoln also donated food and refreshments for the competition. Mr Lyall presented certificate and prizes to the following videos: Independent adult - Martin Langlands for Soldiers of The Flow. High School age group – Aireen Bautista for Man and Nature. Primary School age group – Springston School for Save the Eels. Pre-school age group – Kidsfirst Lincoln for Matariki Celebration. LAwyERS We have over 40 years’ experience to assist you with… • Buying and Selling Houses and Commercial Property • Wills, Trusts and Estate matters • All issues facing you and your business; • Employment Law matters; • Traffic matters; • Advice regarding Retirement Villages • General Legal Advice on all matters Call John, Brendan or Andrew today 03 366 8996 Email. lawyers@mclegal.co.nz Airport Business Park 92 Russley Road, Christchurch 8042 liQUid laUndromats 47 Carmen road, hornby gasoline alley site, Cnr Carmen & waterloo roads 7 days: 6am-7.30pm wash & dry all yoUr laUndry in aboUt 1 hoUr $4.00 WASH $4.00 DRY wash 2 mink blankets, duvets or woolrests for only $8 DRY UP TO 3 LOADS IN ONLY 25 MINUTES! $4 SAvE TIME & ELEcTRIcITY SELF SERvIcE • Fast Dryers • Sports Gear • Duvets • Mink Blankets • Bedding • Washers • Domestic Laundry Other Locations: 289 Colombo Street, Sydenham • 345 Stanmore Road, Richmond 17 Halswell Road, Hoon Hay • 713 Ferry Rd, Woolston • 261 Burwood Road, Burwood www.liquidlaundromats.co.nz Artisan Homes Builders of superior homes. Built to last. Silver medal winner in Registered Master Builders 2016 House of the Year Awards Artisan Homes Office & Showhome 5 Broomleigh Drive, Faringdon Artisan Homes New Showhome 72 Blakes Road, Prebbleton Open Sat & Sun 12–4pm Office & Show Home: 5 Broomleigh Drive, Faringdon, Rolleston New Show Home: 72 Blakes Road, Prebbleton Phone: 03 374 9172 or Rob: 021 324 876 E-mail - robin@artisanhomes.co.nz