6 Tuesday June252019 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi News Fitness, companionship aim of Early Birds group PEOPLE OF all ages are frequenting Taiora QE II for fun, friendship and fitness as part of the pool’s Early Birds Club. About 50 people visit Taiora QE II regularly on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays between 5.30am and 9am to enjoy a swim, the gym and a social session. They make up just a quarter of the members of the QE II Early Birds Club. Members range in age from those still working to several in their late 80s and one member nearing 100. Club secretary Shirley Forbes, 82, said the Early Birds Club was a “wonderful way to keep fit and socialise with our friends.” “We need to stay healthy, active and independent,” she said. “The east has been badly affected by the earthquakes and it is very important to get people out to exercise and make new friends. “With the different communities now changed, so many people are isolated and very lonely. “We do our exercise first then relax with breakfast, a cuppa and entertainment. “Besides learning a new Maori word a day, we are going to start with other cultures too. We have several Dutch members who also bring in their delicacies to try. We are a multicultural group.” Mrs Forbes said the new hydrotherapy pool had also been “a blessing to many with disabilities and our older swimmers enjoy aqua-jogging, which is a great way to exercise and chat at the same time.” Mrs Forbes said the original QEII site “offered us fitness, wellness management and friendship.” After the earthquake-damaged pool was closed and then demolished, club members stayed in touch with monthly lunches and morning teas. “Sadly, more than 20 members have passed away but their photos are displayed to keep their memories alive,” Mrs Forbes says. “We returned to the QE II site in June last year when the complex reopened with the original 30 members but now have nearly 200 on our books,” Mrs Forbes said. “The new Tairoa QEII has become that place of fitness, wellness and friendship again. “The Early Birds group has rebuilt those priceless things we lost.” RSA’s new games room wins architecture award ALL SMILES: New Brighton RSA secretary Garry House take a shot inside the games room which has won a major architecture award. FIT AND FRIENDLY: QE II’s Early Birds Club is keeping people healthy and bringing together friends. Rear – Vicki, Christine, Sally. Middle – Jos, Julie. Front Bronwyn, Denise, Alice. • By Matt Slaughter THE GAMES room attached to the New Brighton RSA and bowling club has been recognised with a major architecture award. The design has won Michael O’Sullivan a public architecture award at the New Zealand Institute of Architects’ Canterbury Architecture Awards. New Brighton RSA secretary Garry House said there was no better place for a game of billiards or darts. The games room was designed by Mr O’Sullivan, who works at Auckland and Lyttelton-based firm Bull O’Sullivan Architecture. It was finished in August last year. Mr House helped manage the project. He said having it recognised was a special feeling given the RSA’s original home on New Brighton Rd was damaged beyond repair in the earthquakes. “After the earthquake, we lost our building entirely . . . we did a deal with the New Brighton Bowls Club that we’d pay off their debt for the right to occupy their building in a joint arrangement,” PEGASUS POST Mr House said. “With that our members were missing out on their sports facilities, so the RSA with the leftover insurance money decided to build a new games facility. On sight now, we’ve got outdoor bowls, we’ve got indoor bowls for the winter, we’ve got snooker, pool and darts, so the guys have now got all of their facilities back they had before our building got completely written off.” Mr O’Sullivan said the design of the games room was simple with big windows at the front, which let in a lot of light, making it perfect for Michael billiards. O’Sullivan “In billiards, you need to have an incredible amount of patience, right, and you need to be calm and you need to be focused and, accordingly, the space had to reflect those qualities . . . form follows function.” Mr O’Sullivan said receiving an award for the space was an honour. Anyone is able to use the games room as long as they are with an RSA or bowls club member. Schools not for everyone! Is school not working for your teen? ULTIMATE CAREER DECIDER / SECURITY & FORCES PREP / DIGITAL MEDIA & DESIGN / BUSINESS ADMIN & TECHNOLOGY / WEB DEVELOPMENT / SOFTWARE DESIGN / EARLY CHILDCARE www.studywithus.co.nz VISION & TRAINME CAMPUS INFO NIGHT DATE: 26 th June2019 TIME: 7:00pm CHRISTCHURCH CAMPUS 50 Hazeldean Road, Addington 50 Hazeldean Road, Addington, Christchurch | 0800 834 834
PEGASUS POST Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday June252019 7 Kia ora, greetings from Principal Geoff Siave 60 Shirley Road, Shirley 03 385 2229 firstname.lastname@example.org www.sis.school.nz Shirley-Intermediate-School The future is bright for Shirley Intermediate School! With major property developments in the near future, and Banks Avenue School moving right next door to us (in 2021), we’re really excited. A key part of Shirley Intermediate School’s vision is to help children grow up to have “full and satisfying lives”. These two qualities are rich in interpretation and potential impact for our pupils and families. Children need academic achievement - that’s without question - but they also need connection/love, and high levels of curiosity, motivation, self management and relationship skills. Employers consistently report that - besides capability to do a job - they want people who know how to interact and connect well with others. This includes being able to cope with stress and adversity. Wellbeing has certainly been highlighted in Christchurch in recent years. At Shirley Intermediate School your child’s sense of identity and their connection to others is acknowledged and valued. Teachers seek to make learning relevant to children and to build connections to children’s lives. We have two public functions coming up and you’re invited to both of them. • Duane Major - “Core Matters - Know Local, Go Local” 7pm Tuesday 2 July, Shirley Intermediate School Hall. • SIS Open Night 6.30-8pm Thursday 2 August SIS Hall Hei konei ra Taitu’uga Geoff Siave - Principal Home of Shirley District Music School Janet Simon (pictured) is the Director of Shirley District Music School. For over 45 years, the Shirley District Music School (SDMS) has lived out its mission: To provide quality, affordable music tuition for the children of the Shirley Area. Subsidised by the Ministry of Education, SDMS provides what is possibly the most affordable tuition in Christchurch. Hundreds, indeed thousands of children from the local schools have been introduced to the joy of playing music. The schools are: Shirley Intermediate, Shirley Primary, Banks Ave Primary, Waitakiri Primary, Mairehau Primary Marshlands PrimarySt Francis Assisi As the home of SDMS, Shirley Intermediate School hosts the administration, and all the performance events. Enrolment and instrument details for Semester 2 (Terms 3 & 4) For a reduced fee of $80 tuition is currently available in: • Strings: violin, viola, ‘cello, double bass • Brass: cornet, trumpet, horn, trombone • Woodwind: flute, clarinet, saxophone, recorder • Other: guitar, percussion/drums Nb. Sorry, guitar, percussion and keyboard classes are currently full `Cello,clarinet, flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone and violin can be hired from SDMS at a subsidised hire fee. Students are given a 15 minute individual lesson or 30 minute group lesson each week. While most lessons are held after school at Shirley Intermediate some lessons may occur during school time at the child’s school when this fits well with all parties. Orchestra and Band - A highlight for many musicians, SDMS provides group performance opportunities for children. A new Music Theory class for year 5-8 pupils has proved very popular since being offered (free of charge) this year. SIS has further subsidies available by application to the Principal. Working with our wider community As a core part of the Shirley community we encourage community use of our facilities. The following groups use our facilities: 1. Shirley District Music School 2. Studio 42 Dance School 3. KidsClub - Before and After school and holiday programme 4. Shirley Fencing Club 5. Santa’s Workshop - making toys for charitable groups 6. Cas’n’Ova Players 7. Yoga classes 8. Food for Life classes 9. Canterbury Junior Cricket 10. St Stephens Church Sunday mornings 11. Pentecostal church Sunday afternoons evenings. If you are interested in any of these groups, contact the school office. With winter amongst us our student leaders were to the fore last year, helping the Shirley Village Project provide firewood for families in need. You know about the beach, , but did you hear about the local school? In 2016 Duane (left) and Adam sparked a successful campaign to buy Awaroa Beach for the people of Aotearoa. Back home, Duane turned his hand to his local school. The story is inspiring You're invited... ... Duane will share how the Know Local, Go Local attitude of a few local families lead to growth in their school and a significant lift in community wellbeing. Presenters include the dynamic Duane Major Christchurch City Councillors Pauline Cotter and Glenn Livingstone Heating and Baking provided! Bilingual Class - “Te Tahu Rua Reo” Te Tahu Rua Reo is our bilingual class option in which the children have 50 - 80 percent of the teaching delivered in Te Reo Maori. The Te Tahu Rua Reo unit was established in 2003 in response to requests from St Albans School to provide learning in Te Reo for the tauira graduating from their bilingual class after Year Six. Te Tahu Rua Reo now provides bilingual education for children who enrol from the much wider community. Children do not have to have had a background in Te Reo; It is more important that the child wants to learn Te Reo and that the family is supportive. Anchored by the children from Te Tahu Rua Reo, but drawing from throughout our school, our 2018 kapa haka group performed exceptionally well and were selected for the national competitions in 2019.