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Selwyn Times: February 14, 2018

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SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday February 14 2018 17 News Team to lead Rolleston College ROLLESTON College has selected its new student leadership team. The team is made up of 35 students who applied and were nominated by their peers for two specific leadership roles – whanau ambassadors and hauora council leaders. Four of the students – Ella Jarvis, Alessandra Ward, Luke Barratt, and Kate Stevens – received the inaugural Wero Award for leadership Ella said it was a privilege to be a foundation student at the new school last year. “I tried to make the most of my opportunities in all aspects of learning and I was awarded for my efforts,” she said. Ella wants to challenge herself more this year, learn more life skills and develop her netball ability. “Learning at the college has been a different experience, but I have adapted well and I have learnt in a new way,” LEADERS: Rolleston College students Ella Jarvis, Luke Barrett, Alessandra Ward and Kate Stevens are part of the new leadership team. she said. Alessandra said it is exciting to be on the leadership team. “My goals for this year are to support the students in continuing to grow our sense of community and to be part of the team helping to develop traditions that everyone will be proud of in the future,” she said. Rejuvenating Mahoe Reserve Lincoln Envirotown trustee Sue Jarvis writes about the working bee at Mahoe Reserve THE MAHOE Reserve is a native regeneration project started by the Lincoln Envirotown Trust and Lincoln High School year 9 students in 2002. It aims to recreate vegetation similar to the scrub, woodland and forest which was prevalent in the area until a few thousand years ago when the Waimakariri River changed its course and came through the Lincoln area. This explains the presence of the shingle beds. The recovering woody vegetation was destroyed by fire about 700 years ago and later by the introduction of agriculture and a permanent settlement about 150 years ago. The plants used in the restoration are all locally-sourced to be genetically as close as possible to the originals. Planting was started in 2003 by a large number of high school students. Time and money have been donated by many local people as well as local and national organisations. The land is owned by the district council which has supported the reserve for the last few years. It is now looked after by the local community and has a management committee which is a subcommittee of the Lincoln Envirotown Trust. The Mahoe Reserve was named by school students after a small tree that would have existed in this area under canopies of the original lowland forest. Knowledge of the species present has been gained both from burnt logs that have been discovered in the quarry and NATURE: Lincoln High School year 12 student Maria Mendoza taking part in the Lincoln Envirotown Trust’s working bee at Mahoe Reserve. pollen analysis. The reserve is situated in an old shingle pit from which shingle was extracted for the railway and roading material. It then became an unofficial rubbish tip, and was finally leased by the Lincoln Golf Club until it was taken on as a project by the high school. The gorse and rubbish had to be cleared. The original designation of “shingle pit” has been changed by the district council to “reserve” and the district council now takes responsibility for the basic maintenance and provides some funds for the purchase of plants and plant guards. The reserve is a credit to all the year 9 students who had the original vision and started the process and all the students and other community members involved since then. The original students hoped the plants will have grown into a young forest by the time they bring their children to see it and, in some areas, this has already happened. Not that, as far as we know, any children of the original students have visited. We still need a lot of helpers, mainly to keep the weeds under control, also to help plant replacements for trees that died in the flooding a few years ago. We also need help to install plant information plaques about identifying and providing info about most of the species there. •Working bees are held on the first Sunday of the month at 2pm. The latest was held on Sunday, February 4, when we did a lot of weeding and made a start on installing the information plaques. If you can help, call Sue on 021 100 1009. Darfield High names head students DARFIELD HIGH School has named its new student leadership team. George Brown and Katie Sharp have taken on the role as head students for the year. George is hoping to use his role to help improve both Darfield and the wider community. He said the school’s team of prefects have come up with many new ideas to benefit the school, including an inter-school talent quest. Another event he is looking forward to helping run is the 40-hour famine. “This is always a terrific event because people from all areas of the school participate together to benefit those in need,” he said. Katie said she is excited about her role and is hoping to bring the school closer together. She will focus on the George Brown Katie Sharp school’s values – “pride for others, pride for ourselves and pride for our environment”, she said. “Alongside the head students are a great group of prefects who are full of ideas and enthusiasm to help us achieve our goals, and I can’t wait to see what we can do together as a team,” Katie said. George’s hobbies often involve water, including fly-fishing for trout in Selwyn’s waterways and freediving off Banks Peninsula. He has also recently taken up surfing. “I also trap possums, primarily to control pest numbers and give the wildlife a helping hand,” he said. George is a member of a smallbore shooting club, plays football and loves the outdoors. In her spare time, Katie likes to read, bake and take part in the performing arts. She recently played the Cowardly Lion in last year’s school production of The Wizard of Oz.