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Selwyn Times: October 17, 2017

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28 Tuesday October 17 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES Education Outside the Classroom Investigating Wainui Wainui was the destination for Year 13 Biology students to carry out their Animal Study Investigation. The practical work involved taking transects of different intertidal zones followed by collecting Half Crabs, which were needed for the experiment. Some of the students were initially rather reluctant to touch the crabs, let alone catch them but, after the first hour, they were fascinated by what they were finding and fully engrossed in their task. The students set up their experiments afterwards and spent the rest of their time collecting and interpreting data. This activity reinforced ideas of experimental design, and gave the students an opportunity to make mistakes, work out solutions, and realise some of the difficulties in carrying out behavioural experiments on animals. Back in class, they set about analysing their results and writing their reports. Workshop with Author David Elliot David Elliot (above), prizewinner of this year’s NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, and other significant awards for writing and illustration, visited school to talk to students and engage them in a two-hour workshop. They were taken on a journey using the same techniques he uses to illustrate books. The students left with a how-to sheet they created themselves and the inspiration to put in the hard work and value their imaginations. Get2Go Challenge Katie Molloy, Issy Kennedy, Zahara Sutton, Maia Adams, Isaac Earl, Angelo Barrimond, Jack Kennedy and Will Davidson had a lot of fun and learnt that communication and teamwork paid off as they challenged themselves in the Get2Go Challenge. After training several times a week, mountain biking, water challenges, orienteering and problem solving provided for an exciting day. They can’t wait to go back next year, now they know what to expect! Darfield High School Community News Term 3 Prefect Leadership Camp It is now that time of the year when the process for selecting next year’s prefects is well under way. Recently, a two-day Leadership Camp was held at the Craigieburn Environmental Centre; it was snowing up there as they arrived! The students listened to speakers and took part in many activities and challenges over the weekend. These were designed to see how they worked together, and solved problems and how they dealt with pressure. Next year’s leaders will be announced at Senior Prizegiving. Year 8 Camps September is camp month for the Year 8s and there was a lot of excitement as they headed off to Mt Hutt Retreat with loads of activities planned for them. Abseiling, mountain biking, team initiative games and archery are just some of the challenges for them to face. Loads of fun was had in the evenings as they all helped in the kitchen and then took part in games and competitions. Darfield Bakery Visit The Year 11 Commerce students had the pleasure of having Daryl Collier, the owner of the Darfield Bakery, come in and share his business experiences. During a question and answer session, he shared his knowledge about business successes and the challenges you face along way. Then students had the opportunity to visit and see the operations of the Bakery and make connections to the information they learned during the question and answer session. Some of the highlights included seeing the oven that was large enough to stand in and can bake 240 pies at one time, sampling some of the products and, of course, looking highly fashionable in the health and safety regulation hair nets. Term 4 Events October 10 Term 4 Begins 11 Board of Trustees Meeting, 7.00 pm 12 Summer Sports Begin Biology Trip to Orana Park 13 Devising Drama Evening 14 Year 13 Rural College Practical Day 18 House Meetings PTSA Meeting, 7.30 pm 19 Years 7 and 8 Cricket Competition Drama Production Evening 20 Tabloid Sports in the Afternoon 21 Year 12 Rural College Practical Day 24 Labour Day 26 Canterbury Primary Schools’ Triathlon Year 9 Cricket at Darfield 27 Years 12 and 13 Outdoor Ed Afternoon Years 7 and 8 Music Festival in Christchurch 28 Year 11 Rural College Practical Day Newsletter #11 November 2 NCEA Credit Cards issued 4 Last Day for Seniors 8 BOT Meeting, 7.00 pm 9 NCEA and Scholarship Exams Begin 10 Staff Only Day 11 Canterbury Anniversary Show Day 15 PTSA Meeting, 7.30 pm 16 Primary Schools’ Summer Tournament Author, David Riley, Visits Years 7–9 17 Malvern Athletics 18 Newsletter #12 23 Year 10 Camp and Tramp (to 25th) December 1 NZ Secondary Schools’ Athletics Championships 4 Senior Sign Out Day Senior Prize Giving 6 Canterbury Primary Schools’ Athletics Championships 7 New Entrants’ Day 8 Junior Reports Sent 12 Year 8 Day Out 13 Year 7 Day Out BOT Meeting, 7.00 pm 14 Junior Prize Givings Newsletter #13 Last Day Term 4 15 Staff Only Day Winter Tournament Results • Boy’s Hockey held in Oamaru:1st • Under 15 Rugby held in Greymouth: 3rd in division • Netball held in Christchurch: 9th in B Grade • Girls’ Basketball held in Westport: 13th • Boys’ Basketball held in Blenheim: 13th • Girls’ Hockey held in Blenheim: 11th equal Free Sports Gear Page 4 Student Trustee Election Congratulations to George Brown who was elected Student Trustee until September 2018 Thank you to all those families who purchased footwear from The Athlete’s Foot. Because of this, our school received a large selection of sports gear, including backpacks, gear bags, cricket sets, footballs and basketballs. Simon Rells visited us from the Riccarton store and presented all these goodies to James Morris.

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi 29 News Tuesday October 17 2017 Local News Now Author’s controversial look at Christchurch author John Rosanowski has written a controversial account of Maungatapu murders, by New Zealand’s most notorious goldfields gang, in June 1866 Fire rages, homes at risk TRAP: The Burgess gang (clockwise from top) – Joseph Sullivan, Thomas Kelly, Philip Levy and Richard Burgess. PHOTO: ALEXANDER TURNBULL LIBRARY ON A winter’s afternoon, Felix Mathieu and his three companions were ambushed on a steep hill track by men pointing guns and knives at them. Richard Burgess and his gang lay in wait at a trap they had prepared at a big rock beside the track about 2km from the summit. They forced their victims up a creek and on to a hillside where they were tied up and variously strangled, stabbed and shot. The gang killed the travellers’ packhorse and made for Nelson with their victims’ gold and cash, where they were barbered and bathed and spent freely - and made plans to rob a bank. This was the case of the Maungatapu murders, by New Zealand’s most notorious goldfields gang, in June 1866. The colony was gripped by the crime for weeks. The Burgess gang, all Londoners, were New Zealand’s version of Australian bush ranger Ned Kelly. All but one of the foursome had been transported to Tasmania as convicts. Burgess, Thomas Kelly and Philip Levy were convicted and hanged in Nelson. Joseph Sullivan turned against his gang, giving evidence against them, and in return was not charged. He was subsequently convicted of a separate murder committed one day earlier but escaped the noose because of the authorities’ need to protect police informers, and the sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. Now author John Rosanowski controversially says his research indicates the Supreme Court jury got it wrong. “It seems clear that two innocent men were executed,” said Rosanowski, who has published his historical novel on the case, Treachery Road. “Kelly and Levy arrived back in Nelson unaware of the murders. Kelly thought robbery had taken place. Even on the gallows, Kelly said he was being executed for the murder of people he hadn’t even seen. Mathieu was the proprietor of Cafe de Paris at the Deep Creek goldfield in Marlborough’s Wakamarina Valley, where the output of gold had fallen. Levy had visited Deep Creek and heard of Mathieu’s plans to go to the West Coast to set up a new store, so would have known the businessman would be carrying a substantial amount of money. Mathieu set out with storekeepers John Kempthorne and James Dudley, and gold miner James de Pontius. With a packhorse, they were walking over the Maungatapu Track, then a rough route between Marlborough and Nelson and now a shingle road popular with mountainbikers. The gang, who had been staying at Canvastown, ABOUT THE AUTHOR John Rosanowski was a schoolteacher for nearly 20 years and is well known in education circles. After he finished teaching he became chief examiner for school certificate history, among other roles. Over that time he has researched and written novels such as Bottled Lightning: The Story of the Reefton Electric Light and A History of the West Coast of the Southern Alps. He is primarily a factual historian, and tends to write about the West Coast having grown up in Reefton. left ahead of the Mathieu party. On their way to their trap at what is now called Murderers Rock, they caught up with solo traveller James Battle, 54, a labourer and former whaler. Near the Pelorus River, they partially strangled Battle, robbed him of his 3 pounds 17 shillings, and left him to die in a shallow grave. Only gradually did the Nelson police become convinced that Mathieu’s group was missing, after a friend who had been following them at a distance became concerned and made his own inquiries. Eventually a massive search got going and one by one the gang were arrested after the first, Philip Levy, was recognised in the Wakatu Hotel by a Deep Creek gold miner. Your section hunt starts here New Falcon’s Landing sales office open, 17 Branthwaite Drive, Rolleston, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays from 1-3pm. Come, visit and share in our vision for Rolleston. Or call us anytime 03 741 1340. Email enquiries@yoursection.nz