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Western News: April 10, 2018

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14 Tuesday April 10 2018 Latest Christchurch news at WESTERN NEWS WITH MARY IN FAITH TĀTOU KO MERE E WHAKAPONO ANA FROM THE BOARD History shows the heart of our school remains strong and true through change. Marian College was established in 1982 with the bringing together of two Catholic secondary schools for girls– McKillop College and St Mary’s College – the latter being one of the oldest schools in Canterbury, established in 1893. The gospel values that Marian College was built on continue through to today, along with the guidance and steady support of the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch. The appointment of our new Bishop and his intention to make Marian College a priority – signals the next new phase for our school. Our community is rich in experience, knowledge, faith and diversity and we value every contribution. The Marian College Board extends an open invitation to everyone who is part of Marian College’s history - and future - to connect with us. This includes past and present students, immediate and extended family, and next generations - the young women who will lead us into the future. There will be opportunities to be involved, and to have a say on what our new school will look like. By clicking the ‘following’ tab on the Marian College Facebook page you can select ‘see first’ in your newsfeed, to ensure you receive the latest Marian College news first. Join us on our journey. Jan Paterson Marian College Board of Trustees Chair MODEL UN Unlike any other high school event, the Canterbury Model UN 2018 brings together 200 students for two days of debate and discussion on issues affecting society today. Seven Year 13 Marian College students participated recently – pictured from back left: Katie Ryan, Jodie Worthington, Kitty Aloysius, Izzy Bloxham (Head Girl), Louise Daly, Rose Heslop-Brown (front) and Bernie Simpson. Jodie said she found the experience extremely valuable. “Each of us was assigned a country and spent two days debating global issues, problem solving, meeting 200 other students and having heaps of fun,” Jodie said. Canterbury Model UN 2018 Marian College participants. PASIFIKA CELEBRATED Marian College supported its largest ever performing Pasifika Group at the sPacPac Polyfest 2018 Festival held in Burwood recently. The Marian College Pasifika Group also had the most students from any one school on stage – 43 students performed – and had the honour of closing the annual festival. The students performed traditional Samoan items with their own twist of Marian Magic. Many hours of practice led to stunning performances at Polyfest, the Marian College Fia Fia night and school assembly. Marian College Pasifika Group performance leader Alana Tuipulotu in action at Polyfest 2018. The Marian College Canterbury Under 14 winning relay team from left: Beautienna Gamble, Lily Robertson, Maia Columbus and Manea-Faith Waaka. ATHLETICS GOLD Red and blue sparkled with gold at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletics Association, South Island Secondary School Championships held in Timaru this term. The Marian College Under 14 relay team took out the Canterbury and South Island title and Year 9 student Beautienna Gamble secured the Under 14 discus title. Track and field athletes Louise Daly, Kate Taylor, Manea-Faith Waaka (Ngāti Raukawa) and Chantal MacDonald also gained top three placings in their events. Congratulations team! Marian College triathletes from back left: Chantal MacDonald, Louise Daly, Madison van der Plas, Tessa Foraker and Kaylee Jackson. Front: Kristen Laing (left) and Lucianna Jackson. TRIATHLON FIRST A Marian College triathlon team achieved first place in the Under 19 Female Team event at Scarborough Beach this term. Congratulations to Kristen Laing, Lucy Jackson and Chantal MacDonald (Team 1) on this fantastic result. Team 2 – Kaylee Jackson, Maddie van der Plas and Tess Foraker –was placed fourth in the same category. Louise Daly also secured fourth place in the Under 19 individual event. The course comprised a 350 metre swim, nine kilometre bike and three kilometre run. IN THE COMMUNITY Marian College has a long standing mission to encourage young women to fulfil their potential and contribute to the common good of society. Lions Clubs also place value on service and have a long history of contributing to communities all over the world. Recently Deputy Head student Rachael Nilsson was one of several young people invited to speak at the Lions District 202E convention, on young people’s views of community service and how traditional Lions Clubs can involve more young people. The Marian College choir also had the honour of singing at the convention’s rededication and remembrance service. From left, Student Volunteer Army representative Tim Greene, Lions Past International President Al Brandel, Marian College Deputy Head Girl Rachael Nilsson and Lions Leo representative Saskia Lane. Photo: Donald Lamont. |03 385 8449 | | follow us!

WESTERN NEWS Latest Christchurch news at Tuesday April 10 2018 15 News Retaining top spot aim of chorus • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding A TOP a cappella American coach is helping some of the city’s best barbershop singers win a national competition for the 11th time. Lea Beverley will be working with the Christchurch City Chorus over the next month to help it win the Sweet Adelines New Zealand regional contest in May at Wellington. Already the chorus is one of Australasia’s highest achieving Lea Beverley women’s a cappella choruses having won the national competition 10 times in a row. Beverley arrived in the city last weekend and is touring the country to teach other a cappella singers. “I love New Zealand . . . the people are amazing, the country is beautiful and the singers throughout the country are so devoted to getting better,” Beverley said. She said she will be mostly working on helping the chorus to sing “with a lot of emotion.” “I work on the technical elements like singing the vowels properly . . . consonants and singing all the words together,” she said. As part of its preparations for the competition, the chorus will present concert A Cappella Champions On Show at St Margaret’s College later this month to preview its competition package. The show will be hosted by Beverley. The chorus performed the show to finish fifth in the 2016 Sweet Adelines International Chorus Competition in Las Vegas. “We want to be first one day but we are slowly creeping up,” musical director Virginia Humphrey-Taylor said. She said the chorus got Beverley to help train the new people joining. “New people are always joining the group . . . we want to make sure everybody is trained. We always have new music we have to sing at a high level,” she said. The chorus is hoping to win in Wellington so it can take part in the international competition in New Orleans next year. Humphrey-Taylor said the chorus will be taking on more “show music” this year performing songs including Elton John’s Can You Feel the Love Tonight and Vera Lynn’s A Nightingale FULL VOICE: Virginia Humphrey- Taylor performing with the Christchurch City Chorus. Sang In Berkeley Square. Beverley first came to New Zealand to teach in 2009 and has since judged the regional competition three times. She is classically trained as a pianist, but joined Sweet Adelines 22 years ago. Three of the choruses she runs have won nine regional competitions and placed in the top 10 in the international competition six times. The Christchurch City Chorus will perform A Cappella Champions On Show at the Charles Luney Auditorium, St Margaret’s College on April 21. •To book tickets go to or phone 021976572 Local News Now In Brief Fire rages, homes at risk SOFTBALL TOUR The Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board will decide today whether to grant $500 to 14-year-old Oliver Wright from Templeton. Oliver will travel to Sydney in September for the under-15 international softball academy tour. RICCARTON BUSH GRANT The Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board will consider approving a grant today of $4371 from its discretionary response fund for the Riccarton Bush Trust’s projector and monitor. GET ACTIVE An eight-week programme aimed at people wanting to increase their level of activity will start in Riccarton in May. Be Active will run the programme for people over the age of 18. It would cost $3 per session. Participants will get to try a range of lowimpact activities, such as circuit, badminton, tai chi and zumba, discuss ways of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and enjoy the support of others in the group. For more information or to register, phone Anna Wilson on 373 5045 or email anna.wilson@ The programme will start on May 1, 6.30-7.30pm, at Riccarton High School, 31 Vicki St. THE RUSSLEY VILLAGE HOLLY LEA VILLAGE 03 357 9392 73 Roydvale Ave, Christchurch For enquiries contact Nola Lamb STYLISH DESIGN, CONTEMPORARY RETIREMENT LIVING Making your retirement move is easy when it’s to one of these sought after locations. Located on the site of the old Russley Hotel, the Russley Village is set within eight acres of award-winning gardens and grounds. The centrepiece of The Russley Village is its purpose built resident community facility, The Homestead where you will find Abode Café & Brasserie, a cinema, library, arts & crafts space, hair salon and wellness rooms. The Sefton Apartments are now completed and residents are enjoying the magnificent new pool and spa complex which completes the stunning range of facilities available at the village. Holly Lea Village is nestled in the heart of Fendalton within beautifully tailored grounds with an extensive range of facilities including restaurant, garden lounge, cinema, library, hair salon and the newly renovated dining room. The village offers a range of care and extra support services delivered to your apartment. 03 351 2679 123 Fendalton Rd, Christchurch For enquiries contact Juliane Brand