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Selwyn Times: November 07, 2017

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12 Wednesday November 8 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi News Local News Now SELWYN TIMES Fire rages, homes at risk Explosion of colour from Rolleston • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding AN EXPLOSION of colour could be seen across Rolleston skies in celebration of Guy Fawkes on Saturday. The Rolleston Fireworks display has been deemed a success with more than 15,000 attending the show. It was the second year the event had been held at Foster Park instead of Rolleston Reserve. The event cost about $70,000 to put on with $30,000 of fireworks set off. Rolleston fireworks organising committee member Jens Christensen said the event was touch and go at one stage because of the wind. “It was absolutely howling down for a while. Then when the fireworks went off it was as still as anything,” he said. Mr Christensen said schools and community groups running fundraisers at the event were happy with how the evening went but it was too early to estimate how much was raised. Rolleston chief fire officer Nigel Lilley said the weekend was pretty quiet and people were genuinely careful. BRIGHT: The Rolleston Fireworks display has been deemed another success. ​ 11 – 18 NOVEMBER 2017 Tickets selling fast! The Best Night in Town • 2x Courtesy Coach • Accommodation – 9 Brand new rooms! • Liquor Shop - Best Prices • Restaurant • 2x Function Areas • Board Room • Great Staff & Attitude • Live Music Every Saturday • TAB • Pokies • Housie from 7pm every Monday night • Great facilities for Xmas functions nzcupandshow.co.nz 3 Market St, Leeston Phone 03 324 4000 | Open 7 days www.crateandbarrel.nz

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday November 8 2017 13 fireworks OPENING NIGHT PHOTOS: LUCY COLLINS Making the most of Mandarin A LINCOLN High School student has taken part in an international competition. Year 12 student Taylin Smith was in Kunming, China, recently competing in the 10th World Chinese Speech Competitions. It comes after she won the National New Zealand Chinese Bridge Speech Competition earlier this year with her prize being a trip to China to compete along with her teacher Terina Yee. The international competition involves about 320 students and teachers from 96 countries. Contestants are required to sit a computer-written test on aspects of China. Other activities include testing students on their listening skills and having to perform two short speeches individually before taking part in a talent show. The school’s head of learning area, languages and Selwyn cluster co-ordinator Rachel Austin said Taylin performed well. She said although Taylin did not get into the top-20s of the competition, they finished within the top half Local News Now EMBRACING CULTURE: Lincoln High School student Taylin Smith competing at the 10th World Chinese Fire rages, homes at risk Speech Competitions in Kunming, China. ​ of the contestants and she was proud of their performances. Taylin was also asked to participate in the Jasmine fan dance for the closing ceremony. She has also won a halfyear scholarship to study in China when she finishes school. Meanwhile, Lincoln High School school has been embracing Chinese culture by taking part in activities from noodle eating to lantern-making and t’ai chi. The school recently celebrated National Mandarin Language Week. Ms Austen said the number of students learning Mandarin in Selwyn has increased dramatically over the last couple of years. This in part has been due to Asian Language Learning in Schools, a Ministry of Education Initiative. The initiative is a $10 million fund set up by the Government to increase second language learning for students across the country. Lincoln High and a number of schools in the Selwyn area have taken part in the Mandarin Language programme for year 7-8 students. This project involves 550 students from across Selwyn each week. www.ruapunaspeedway.co.nz WAR OF THE WINGS 20+ SPRINTCARS FROM AROUND THE SOUTH ISLAND SATURDAY 11 NOVEMBER 2017 GATES OPEN - 5.30pm • TImE TRIALS - 6pm • DIRT STARTS FLYING - 6.30pm ADULTS $20 • STUDENTS/SENIORS $15 • KIDS U/14 FREE (WITH AN ADULT) FAMILY: 2 ADULTS & UP TO 4 KIDS $40 • EFTPOS AVAILABLE Montessori & Early Childhood Preschool • We Offer a Friendly, Fun and supportive environment – only 5 minutes from Rolleston. • We believe that Tamariki thrive in a peaceful, structured and caring environment, full of fun and challenges. • We Offer focused, balanced curriculums that prepare Tamariki for the next step in their learning journey. • We value diversity within our Tamariki and their whānau and this is reflected in our whānau focused philosophy. • We have 3 well resourced classrooms, caring for Tamariki from 6 weeks to 6 years of age. We are proud of our large, natural playgrounds that offer challenges for all ages. Call in to visit us today, meet the teachers and have a look around our school ENROL NOW If wet check the Speedway Infoline 03 349 7727 or www.ruapunaspeedway.co.nz or FACEBOOK Ruapuna Speedway For enrolments please contact Jasmine or Kylie on 347-6161 Visit us at 643 Burnham School Road Download forms from www.burnham-montessori.co.nz