8 Tuesday June182019 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi WESTERN NEWS Kirkwood Intermediate Sports and Technology Update Sports We always participate in the Inter-Intermediate competitions, covering a wide range of sporting activities. Even though we are one of the smaller Intermediate Schools in Christchurch, we have one of the highest participation rates. As a school we are well known for the courtesy, co-operation and sportsmanship of our teams and we value this highly. This term we have enjoyed starting our winter sports programme which includes: Netball, Football, Rugby, Hockey and Table Tennis. Throughout the year we also participate in the Cross Country, Intermediate School’s Duathlon, Athletics, Swimming, Basketball, Korfball, Rhythmic and Artistic Gymnastics and Mountain Biking. Our classes also compete for the Kirkwood Sports Shield. This involves classes in Year 7 and Year 8 playing each other in various sports for the right to hold the shield. Technology Technology education at Kirkwood explores how, beginning with a need or opportunity, new products are developed and how new developments impact on our world. Students gain knowledge and skills essential for all kinds of careers and for everyday life. As well as experiencing a variety of technology classes, our students are able to choose special interest technology extension classes including coding arduino microchips, robotics, 3D printing, special engineering projects, Maori carving and food competitions. Hard Materials - Students work with wood, metal and plastics to develop a range of hands-on skills. Foods Room - Special breakfast lessons encourage students to make healthy choices. Soft Materials - Students follow a design process to create original projects. Electronics - To learn the technological process students work with electronic components. Remember, you are welcome to our Open Day & Night on Tuesday 2 July 9.00am – 12 noon & 7.00pm – 8.30pm Come and have a look at what our children are doing. Don’t forget, our Open Day/Night is on Tuesday 2 July 2019. Please visit our website www.kirkwood.school.nz for information and to download an enrolment form or ring the office on 348 7718. Phil Tappenden, Principal 260 Riccarton Road, Christchurch Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 03 348 7718 Fax 03 348 1085 www.kirkwood.school.nz
WESTERN NEWS Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday June182019 9 News Retired ‘musketeers’ still helping • By Jess Gibson A TRIO of retired friends – dubbed “the three musketeers” – were recognised for their services to Ronald McDonald House on Monday. David Chappie, of Avonhead, Neil Fleming (Ilam) and Gus Gale (Belfast), all former teachers, received an award from Volunteering Canterbury for their work over the past five years. They meet every Wednesday morning to help with a range of tasks at Ronald McDonald House on Cashel St, such as keeping the grounds tidy, fixing toys, washing waste bins, plumbing and electrical repairs. Said Mr Chappie: “I was surprised because we certainly don’t come here to look for any accolade, we come here because it’s a worthwhile organisation that we have heard about that we could help at ground level.” “The people here are so accommodating and making everyone feel so welcome. The families are going through a tough patch in their lives but there’s a joy all the way from the staff to the mums and dads and the kids being picked up and cuddled. There’s a quality here I don’t think you would find in many other institutions. It’s a quality based on love and concern for one’s human beings.” Ronald McDonald House offers support and accommodation to families with children in hospital. The three musketeers’ shared background in education adds up to a total of more than 120 years at primary, secondary and university level. VOLUNTEERS: Friends and former teachers David Chappie, Neil Fleming and Gus Gale meet every Wednesday to undertake odd jobs at Ronald McDonald House. Said Mr Fleming: “In those years we have accumulated some useful skills that Ronald McDonald House finds helpful.” Mr Fleming started volunteering to use up his excess energy. Mr Chappie and Mr Gale agreed to help “on one condition” – after each morning’s work they go out for lunch and a beer. “We decided to set a pseudochallenge by limiting our choice of lunch place to new or recently changed venues. We range widely with a requirement that the selected venue has to serve beer and it has to be new to us,” Mr Fleming said. He said each lunch is spiced with recollections from their friendship, which has lasted at least 10 years. “Some (stories) stray from the truth but have greater entertainment value,” he said. Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk DIG IN: Fendalton-Waimairi- Harewood Community Board member Aaron Campbell with his wife Kazumi. Quarry planting project on way to 10,000 goal THE GOAL to plant 10,000 natives at Halswell Quarry Park this year is under way. More than 2000 plants have been placed in the ground by 60 people. One of several city council-organised plantings on June 5 coincided with Arbor Day and World Environment Day. Two more planting projects are planned this month. Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board member Aaron Campbell said the next planting day at the park will be on Saturday to mark National Volunteer Week. “It’s expected there will be a big turnout for this, starting at 10am,” he said. Check your details are up to date.