Feilding Herald : November 17th 2011
7 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2011 NEWS For more information on these events and many more go to www.manfeild.co.nz, check us out on Facebook, or give us a call on 323 7444. 4180732AA Spring Classic November 19 -- 20 The New Zealand Classic Motorcycle Racing Register Championship Round 6. Saturday features two rounds of racing and Sunday will feature three rounds of racing. Classes include: 351-500 Clubmans, Factory, Modified and Post Classic; Vintage / Pre War / 250 Clubmans, Modified & Post Classic / Juniors; 501-Open Modified and Open Post Classic; Sidecars; Post Classic. Kicking off at 9.30am, Spectators are welcome and entry is via South Street. Pro Rider November 21 Pro Rider is a motorcycle rider training course provider dedicated to helping road riders build and develop their bike control skill levels in a safe and controlled environment. To reserve your place on this course please visit www.prorider.co.nz. Victoria Motorcycle Club November 26 Club Day catering for all levels, non members welcome and tuition available to those who may want it. $60 for Vic club members $90 non members. Spectators are welcome from 9am via South Street. No gate charge. Play Day on Track November 27 This driver training group is for anyone who wants to try a track day for the first time or improve their driving skills, in a relaxed, low key, fun and friendly environment. There will be some classroom instruction at the beginning of the day and during the day the instructors will ride with you to provide in-car instruction. This is also ideal for improving the driving skills of family members to help make them safer on the roads. 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Prospective candidates should apply in writing outlining experience and coaching quali cations to: Club Captain Bulls RFC PO Box 78, Bulls. be difficult to get to a polling place on election work, holidays or any other reason, you can vote w: VOTE NOW IF YOU CAN T MAKE IT ON ELECTION DAY. If it's going to b day because of now. It's easy. To find out how Visit our website elections.org.nz Freephone 0800 36 76 56 VOTING ECF0038 4164402AC Educator awarded for dyslexia study Uplifting work: Margaret Stewart was presented with a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship Award at Government House by the Governor-General, Sir Anand Satyanand in recognition of the completion of the terms of the Fellowship she received to study dyslexia-friendly schools overseas. Photo: PHOTOGRAPHY BY WOOLF By BOBBIE NICHOLLS ' In the United Kingdom, dyslexia is well-recognised and funding is available for the help needed by each child. All schools have access to specialist teachers and most schools have a dyslexia trained teacher on site. ' Margaret Stewart Margaret Stewart is Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour based at Marton School working across 12 schools in the Rangitikei cluster. Her work and study in the area of dyslexia led to her being presented with a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship Award in August. Ms Stewart works with many children who are diagnosed with dyslexia. In New Zealand little is known about how these children can be effectively taught. Children with dyslexia are often of above average intelligence, but under normal classroom systems, they have learn- ing difficulties. Ms Stewart said in 2007 the Min- istry of Education acknowledged dyslexia, which led to educationists such as herself wanting to know more about the disorder and how students with dyslexia were catered for in overseas countries. This led to me going overseas to where dyslexia has been diagnosed and some schools cater well for dyslexic learners. The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was set up in 1965 to fund overseas travel for research in their area of expertise and to learn more about other people and cultures. In 2010, Ms Stewart was one of 13 people who shared $60,000 from the Trust, which enabled her to visit and study the methods of 13 dyslexia-friendly schools in China, England and Wales. Winston Churchill believed world peace could be promoted by ordinary people travelling and experiencing other cultures, she said. The award is not for study but more around generalised engage- ment and experience with people. Her travel extended across the three months sabbatical leave granted by the Ministry of Edu- cation and included some private holiday time as well. I went to investigate how schools catered for children with dyslexia with particular emphasis on dyslexia-friendly schools. I used a narrative approach using key questions which enabled the schools to tell their stories. I learnt a lot about other cultures. New Zealanders are very welcoming and open. But not every- one else is. Being within their environment I gained an appreciation of different educational systems. Some systems I experienced overseas are not available here. I developed more confidence in the area of dyslexia and can now inform other educators at a practical level. Ms Stewart travelled on her own, but she met up with friends and family in other countries and made new friends and networks with other professionals around the world. Living and working in their environment, gave me a richness of experience not available to the aver- age tourist. In Beijing, a friend working in an international school gave her an in to other international schools. Although these were not Chinese schools, they included a wide range of cultures. She visited international schools, private dyslexia schools and main- stream schools. Some schools had a higher level of dyslexia, but this may have been because dyslexia-friendly schools are magnets, attracting children with those special needs. In the United Kingdom, dyslexia is well-recognised and funding is available for the help needed by each child. All schools have access to specialist teachers and most schools have a dyslexia trained teacher on site. I picked up some really practical ideas...someofwhatIsaw endorsed what we already do, and other things can be worked towards. Dealing with children with learning difficulties it is important to identify the weaknesses and diffi- culties of the children, but also to understand their strengths and pro- vide what they need to utilise them to overcome areas of difficulty. Since being back home, Ms Stew- art has given small group present- ations to teachers working on pro- fessional development. She said her research was not academic but more face-to-face classroom experience. Ms Stewart s findings, Dyslexia Friendly Schools Explored: A Narra- tive Inquiry of International Schools can be found at communitymatters. govt.nz.
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