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Selwyn Times: August 29, 2018

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16 Wednesday August 29 2018 Latest Christchurch news at SELWYN TIMES Kirkwood–Technology, ‘Opportunities’ ‘Schooling for the Whole Child’ The focus of a successful school is the pupil. The growth of our children at Kirkwood is supported by the many extension opportunities we offer over and above our classroom activities. We work on extending learning opportunities in a number of areas. Technology Some of the highlights in our technology area include: • Robotics; • 3D Printing; • EPro8 Challenge; • Fashion Design and Make. Technology is a favourite area for many students due to the ‘handson’ problem solving approach to learning. Extension Groups, Competitions and Events Our students have many opportunities to participate in various competitions and events offered at Kirkwood. These include: • University of Canterbury Academic Competitions; • Cantamath; • Canterbury-Westland Science Fair; • Science Badges; • Blue Light PCT competition; • Otago Problem Solving; • Publishing of a school magazine; • Art Cup; • Kids’Lit Quiz; • Orchestra; • Choir; • Leadership Opportunities; • House Captains; • School Production; • School Council. Music Music is taught as part of the performing arts curriculum in all classrooms, however extra opportunities are available for students to learn a wide variety of music. This year our students have been learning the Guitar, Piano, Violin, Drums, Flute, singing in the Choir and playing in the Orchestra. We also have a Rock Band which performs in assemblies during the year. Awards We value and encourage personal excellence which is recognised with our ‘Blues’ Awards system. Sports Apart from the regular physical education programmes within the classrooms there are many other sports offered at Kirkwood. Some the sports played this year are Netball, Football, Cross Country, Skiing, Swimming, Rugby, Basketball, Water polo and Touch Rugby. Don’t forget, there are still some places available for Year 7 and Year 8 for 2019. Please visit our website for information and to download an enrolment form or ring the office on 348 7718. Phil Tappenden, Principal 260 Riccarton Road, Christchurch Email: Phone 03 348 7718 Fax 03 348 1085

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday August 29 2018 17 Rolleston, West Melton school bands on quest to be rock stars THEY MAY be young but they know how to rock. Selwyn schools took to the stage last week in the Canterbury regional Rockshop Bandquest. Bandquest is a nationwide music contest for intermediate and primary school pupils. The competition is in its eighth year and attracted 46 bands in the Canterbury region, which competed over three nights at St Margaret’s College. Rolleston School band Storm Breaker were third in last Tuesday’s event. West Melton School pupil Islan McPherson was named ‘killer’ guitarist on the same night for his playing skills. Event organiser Matt Ealand said the performances mixed sophistication with a lack of self-consciousness, enhanced by the supportive framework of Bandquest. “They’ve been watching TV and YouTube, they’re aware of what established musicians are doing Hamish, Blake and Trent were among the West Melton School pupils at a plantout day in the Kowhai Sanctuary on Thompsons Rd. In addition to planting 440 natives, the pupils studied aquatic invertebrates from the Waimakariri River and terrestrial invertebrates in the plants. The trip was made possible with support of parents, Enviroschools, Te Ara Kakariki and Environment Canterbury. SCHOOLS and they want to emulate them,” he said. “Rockshop Bandquest is a confidence-builder that lifts their game musically, and they tend to take that with them to high school, with proven benefits socially and academically.” Rockshop spokesman Hamish Jackson said for many of the pupils, Rockshop Bandquest is the biggest musical moment of their lives. “Bandquest provides a unique opportunity to kids at this age. It’s all about participation and giving it a go. The kids definitely throw themselves into it and the results have been amazing,” he said. More than 215 bands have entered Rockshop Bandquest across the country this year, performing in events which started on August 20 and are set to finish on Monday night. The national final will be broadcast online with the results announced on September 20. •More schools, page 18 Pupils plant out the Kowhai Sanctuary JAMMING: West Melton School band Chicken Playground (above) performed at the Rockshop Bandquest last week with pupil Islan McPherson named the ‘killer’ guitarist. (Below) – Rolleston School band Storm Breaker were third in the competition. PHOTOS: DAN KENDRICK Helping cancer patients West Melton School’s Liam (left) and James decorated paper bags for the Cancer Society of New Zealand Canterbury-West Coast division. The bags are used for patients’ clothes while they undergo radiation therapy.