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Western News: April 10, 2018

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4 Tuesday April 10 2018 Latest Christchurch news at Hornby High School Years 7 – 13 WESTERN NEWS • Commitment • Achievement • Resilience • Respect From the Principal Kia ora koutou. Talofa. Kia Orana. Malo e lelei. Bula. Fakaalofa atu. Namaste. Kumusta. Haere mai ki Te Kura Huruhuru Ao o Horomaka. Warm greetings to the Hornby High School community. We have had yet another grand start to our year at Te kura te Huruhuru Ao o Horomaka Hornby High School. We began with our Academic Awards assembly at which we celebrated the achievements of our students in 2017, with overall NCEA results improving on 2016. Some highlights included an overall pass rate in Level 1 NCEA for Pasifika students of 80% (an exceptional figure) and achievement for Māori boys at NCEA Level 3 that was above national averages. As I commented last year, these results come as a result of many factors including the quality of the learning programmes, the hard work of staff and students, and the support of whānau. All of these things are brought together by our focus on our values of Commitment, Achievement, Resilience, and Respect. These values form the basis for that strong sense of manaakitanga and whanaungatanga, those strong positive relationships, that characterise our kura. Our athletics sports day was an outstanding success, with over a third of the school entering into the top level competitive events of the day. The sense of whanaungatanga was visible throughout the day. Students supported each other as they competed. It wasn’t unusual to see not only staff but also students offering positive coaching advice to others as each sought to be and do their best. Last week we had a NZ Police Touch team playing against a mixed Hornby High School team before running a careers information session for senior students. The event was a lot of fun, with the Police team including several Hornby High School alumnae, including Detective Donny Aitken. And then there is the school rebuild. The first buildings are on track for practical completion around Queen’s Birthday weekend, and we are really excited about the quality of the spaces that we will have. We expect to move into the main building visible from Waterloo Road, and the new gymnasium, at the end of term. As we have to vacate our existing classroom blocks (known as A and S Blocks) for demolition by the end of the term, we have sought and gained approval from the Minister of Education to close the school for three additional days at the end of term 2 to allow the shift to take place. We’ll let everyone know the specific dates once the ‘decanting plan’ (the plan of who moves what, where, and when) is finalised. Please do follow my thinking on issues that are both specific to Hornby High School and also of more general educational interest on my Principal’s blog “Whakatauki: He waka eke noa”, after all, we are indeed all in this together - Ngā mihi nui Robin Sutton Principal Introducing Hornby High School Leaders for 2018 Back Row: Connor Chalmers-Grey, Kravyn Tozer, Robin Sutton (Principal), Honor Petrie (Year 13 Dean), Rylu Dequita, O’Shea Newton Front Row: Shawnee Hilton, Natalie Gounder, Kimberley McKee (Head Girl), Siaosi Kei (Head Boy), Guy Cooper, Alexis Ropiha Hornby welcomes Komagome High School students Academic Achievements Hornby High School is delighted to welcome 4 students from Komagome High School, Tokyo. These students are studying at Hornby High School for term 1. Pictured are: Mr Robin Sutton (Principal), Kento Ota, Ryoga Yoshikawa, Nick Williams (Japanese teacher), Minami Shimoji, Ayane Morishima and Mr Kubo (International Director) South Island Athletics Finalists Our Academic Awards Assembly has recently celebrated the NCEA achievements of Hornby High School students. 77 students received awards for their achievement at NCEA level 1 and 2 in 2017. The awards were presented by the guest speaker Daisy Lavea-Timo (Regenerate Christchurch) These five students are our top academic students in Year 11 for 2017. They have done amazingly well. They have gained over 50 credits at Excellence which means they have gained Level 1 NCEA Endorsed with Excellence. For this, they receive the Gold Academic Badge, Red Academic pin and the Academic Tie. Congratulations to (from left) Amber Quigley, Iris Taramai, Lachlan Hickford, Shardey Harris and Anna Pohatu. 7 students and the Under 16 Boys relay team have qualified for the South Island Athletics. This is after their achievement in the Canterbury Athletics. The South Island Athletics will be held in Timaru on 24th and 25th of March. They are Cecilia Taotua Lavea and Aimee Musson-Polwart (U19 Girls Javelin), Jayton Lawrie and Zachary McNevin (U15 Boys Javelin), Jaedon Wellington (U16 Boys Discus), Adi McGoon (U15 Girls Discus) and Tyler Dempsey (U16 Boys 100m). The U16 Boys Relay team is Tyler Dempsey, Malakai McGoon, Sohil Kumar and Xing Zheng. Pictured Tyler Dempsey competing in the long jump.

WESTERN NEWS Latest Christchurch news at Tuesday April 10 2018 5 News Pedestrian refuge causes concern • By Emily O’Connell A COMMUNITY board member is concerned that a new pedestrian refuge on Yaldhurst Rd is making it more difficult for drivers. Fendalton-Waimairi- Harewood Community Board member Shirish Paranjape said the new refuge is unnecessary as there is another refuge “10 metres away.” “That right turn was already very, very difficult because there are two lanes of traffic both ways but the flush median was a really good thing to have and now it’s gone,” he said. But a New Zealand Transport Agency spokeswoman believes there is a need for the refuge. “It improves safety for people getting across Yaldhurst Rd on foot or bicycle,” she said. The spokeswoman said a work access permit was granted on March 16 for the refuge and “other related improvements associated with the Riccarton racecourse development.” She said all work should be completed by the end next month. Mr Paranjape said residents have shared their concerns and suggestions with him after he posted on a community website last week. PEDESTRIAN SAFETY: Shirish Paranjape is concerned the new pedestrian refuge on Yaldhurst Rd is making it difficult for drivers exiting Cutts Rd and turning right. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER The NZTA spokeswoman said the refuge “will help ensure safe connections for people living in the new development [Karamu Riccarton Park] to the existing community and its facilities on the other side of the highway and vice versa.” She said it’s part of the bigger picture of the Yaldhurst Rd corridor, “which includes the signalisation [traffic lights] of Steadmans Rd/Yaldhurst Rd and Withells Rd/Yaldhurst Rd.” Mr Paranjape hoped NZTA would install traffic lights at the Cutts and Yaldhurst Rds intersection but the spokeswoman confirmed this is not the case. On Thursday, Mr Paranjape said he was going to call the project manager about the refuge. He also planned to drop off a list of suggestions for the intersection to the NZTA office. Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk Board gets green light to fight quarry •From page 1 There has been widespread opposition to the planned quarry on Dawsons, Curraghs and Jones Rds. Fulton Hogan says the quarry, which would be on a 170ha section of land, will be there for up to 40 years. Residents have voiced concerns about the potential health risks, water issues and devaluing of properties. Meanwhile, Mr Mora took a ‘NO QUARRY’ sign to the full city council meeting on Thursday. It came after the city council launched an investigation into the signs on properties in Templeton last week. City council head of regulatory compliance Tracey Weston said it’s investigating the size and placement of the signs and whether they breach city council bylaws. “A planning assessment is currently being undertaken against the District Plan and Public Places Bylaw to determine what size signage is permitted in the areas where the signs are displayed,” she said. Mr Mora said it was to show city councillors exactly what the signs look like and that “there shouldn’t be an issue.”