Rodney Times : January 27th 2011
6 RODNEY TIMES, JANUARY 27, 2011 NEWS New heads in charge Green fingers: Young Labour, the youth division of the New Zealand Labour Party, helped Hibiscus Coast Kindergarten restore its vegetable patch. Orewa was the first stop for the division on its 12-day nationwide tour. OUR SCHOOLS New principal: Warkworth Primary School welcomes new principal Cynthia Holden from Rotorua. She replaces Barry Roberts. Cool robots: Ahuroa School students Tyler Goffin, left, and Nathan Butler busy themselves with Lego Mindstorm Robotics the school introduced to its senior class last year. By MICHELE ONG Ahuroa School has a lot to look forward to as it reopens on February 1 with an increase in student numbers and a new classroom. Roll numbers now stand at 50 students and it is one more student away from being able to employ a third teacher, principal Melinda Bennett says. It is the highest roll growth for the school since the 1950s. Mrs Bennett says plans are already under way to accom- modate growing numbers, and the school is awaiting Education Ministry approval to have another classroom built. She also plans to set up and teach a fourth class catering to the school's more independent learners once they are able to employ a third teacher. The library has been converted into a third class- room by a group of parents who undertook a massive working bee'' over the holidays. Both the administration building and asphalt courts are also undergoing renovations. The asphalt courts will be upgraded into a multi-purpose astroturf court. The two projects are expected to be finished by the end of April. Mrs Bennett says 2010 was a landmark year for the school, and 2011 will be even more exciting for them. Last year the school suc- cessfully integrated iPads and iPod Touches into every- day classroom learning, and also introduced Lego robotics to senior classes in term four. It is new beginnings too for Warkworth Primary School as it welcomes its principal from Rotorua. I taught in Auckland for 20 years before moving down to Rotorua,'' Cynthia Holden says. I thought of coming back up to family and friends. And I wanted to live around the coast again. I was at Aorangi Primary in Rotorua for nine years, five of which I was its deputy principal and another four as principal.'' Mrs Holden replaces Barry Roberts who has taken up a position at Fairfield Inter- mediate School in Hamilton. I'm currently finding my feet at the moment. But I look forward to meeting all the staff and children once school reopens and getting to know the children individually,'' Mrs Holden says. Her plans for the school include enhancing the amount of e-learning opportunities children have at school by providing more ICT programmes. It's not just about aca- demics, but also for them to be active in cultural aspects like music, drama and kapa haka,'' she says. Mrs Holden looks forward to being part of the Wark- worth community. Husband Bill is a renowned landscape designer, an Ellerslie Flower Show judge, Master Builders House of the Year supreme award winner 2003, received a Distin- guished Service Award in 2008 for services to the land- scape industry and was New Zealand Landscape Indus- tries Association president 2008-2010. They live at Snells Beach. Young Labour members lent a green thumb to help Hibis- cus Coast Kindergarten tidy its vegetable patch as part of the group's nationwide tour. The kindergarten is the group's first destination as they make their way around the country aboard the Clar- ion Bus over the course of 12 days. One of the most wonderful things about the kindy is its vegetable garden. Unfor- tunately, over the summer break the garden had become abitofajungleandwasina dire need of a weeding,'' Young Labour member Analiese Jackson says. Analiese says the kinder- garten's head teacher Chris Collins is a wonderful woman who was more than happy to let the Clarion Tour loose on the kindy grounds. Together the Young Labour members tended not only to the vegetable garden, but also helped cleaned the kindergarten's windows and rearranged its furniture. They were later treated to homebaked muffins at morn- ing tea as a thank you. Young Labour is the youth's division of the New Zealand Labour Party, and the Clarion Tour follows a tradition which started in 2004. Over their nationwide tour, the members will take part in community activities and at the same time talk to young people about New Zealand's future. Visit www.clariontour. co.nz for updates.
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