Feilding Herald : February 2nd 2012
7 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2012 NEWS VMCC Track Day February 5 Run by the Victoria Motorcycle Club, this track day is for every level rider - Race, Fast, Medium, Novice. Only $80 for the day! To register head to www.vicclub.co.nz . New Zealand Grand Prix Dinner February 9 Kick off the country’s most illustrious event in style. This is your opportunity to purchase a seat at the social event of the NZ Motorsport Season. Hear tales from behind the scenes of F1, be entertained by a celebrity MC and enjoy fine dining provided by Hester Guy Catering. $160 per person or $1600 + GST per table (10 guests per table). For all enquires and to reserve a seat contact firstname.lastname@example.org . New Zealand Grand Prix/NZV8’s February 11 - 12 One of only two Grand Prix’s held outside Formula One, this is the BIGGEST race meeting of the motorsport calendar. This year has attracted a record international entry with 13 countries represented. Also includes the equally popular BNT V8’s Championship. For ticket details go to www.nzv8s.co.nz . 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. 4338948AA 4338948AA 4340314AA 12 February 2012 Mangaweka School Mangaweka School Annual Trail Ride Annual Trail Ride Sign in 9am • Briefing 9.45am • Start 10am Cost $30.00 adult • $15.00 Child Kids track available • Cost includes an all-you-can-eat BBQ lunch • Refreshments and home baking • Sign-posted from Mangaweka • Located 26km up the Kawhatau Valley • For more information visit www.silverbullet.co.nz Proudly Sponsored by Taihape Honda Farmlands Ohutu Meat Processors For Mayor, Manawatu District Major Council infrastructure has a projected life. Yet not until it fails or stretched beyond its intended capacity, do we look for the funds to remedy or replace. Borrowing funds and adding the interest costs to rate payers. Independent funds are needed for the three main infrastructure groups; Water, Waste and Roading. So that when the need arises the money is already available. No stress, no added burden and no sudden rate increases. This is future proofing. It’s about becoming self funded and building for a stronger better future for our children. Authorised by R Johnson 101 Parnell Heights Drive, Palmerston North VOTE Russell Johnson 4346285AA4323736AA Laptops at school aid learning By BOBBIE NICHOLLS While personal laptops in the classroom are not com- pulsary for Feilding Intermediate School (FIS), prin- cipal Stu Trembath says if pupils have them, they are encouraged to use them. Children might tell their parents they needed a laptop, but that was not the case, Mr Trembath said. ‘‘If they want to bring a laptop to school and use it, they are encouraged to do so and the programmes we use are available for them to download.’’ Computers are in use in every classroom. The 300 students at the school and their teachers write their reports and learning journals electronically. ‘‘There is a very high percentage of homes with internet access, so reports are available online for parents,’’ Mr Prembarth said. The FIS knowledge net was introduced last August enabling parents and caregivers to view their children’s progress and achievement in many cur- ricular areas from home, using a login and password. Staff can place video and digital images on pupil sites. Pupils comment about their own learning and teachers make comments about the pupil’s level of achievement in the particular subject area. ‘‘I can see in the very near future, probably this year, we will be providing no paper reports,’’ Mr Trembath said. School newsletters are also available online which means there is no problem with information not reaching the home. The ICT (information and communication tech- nology) in schools’ report 2011 undertaken by Research New Zealand looked in detail at how tech- nology was being used in schools and its impact. This shows that Feilding Intermediate School is no different from other schools in being increasingly dependent on computers as learning schools. ‘‘Any quality teacher will make use of ICT as a teaching tool . . .,’’ Mr Trembath said. Chile charms student Speaking Spanish: Scarlet Roberts, right, with school friends in Chile. Photo: SUPPLIED By JOAN FORD Santiago a delight Rotary Exchange student Scarlet Rob- erts has returned to her family home in Cheltenham from an exciting year in Chile. Scarlet was born in Australia before leav- ing with her family for the United States. Having attended a full Spanish immersion school in the USA, Scarlet had started learning Spanish from an early age. She could already read and write Spanish when she arrived in New Zealand in 2001. She continued with her studies, but admits it was difficult as her parents do not speak Spanish. Her dream had been to go to Spain as an exchange student. When Rotary offered the opportunity of going to Chile, she was delighted that she would live her dream in a country where Spanish is the spoken language. Based in Santiago the capital of Chile, Scarlet attended a public school. With her blonde hair Scarlet quickly became aware that she looked different from the Chileans. To begin with, the intense scrutiny could be flattering but at times, ‘‘not always easy,’’ she said. However she was warmly welcomed and made many new and lasting friendships. ‘‘I started a relationship with Chile. It was certainly one of the best country’s to go to. It took me about a month to feel really confident and fluent using the Spanish language.’’ She found the people warm and open. Young Chilean adults may not start work or drive a car until they are 18 years of age. ‘‘My host siblings seemed happier. (Young Chileans) tend to stay at home until they get married and are perhaps not as independent as young New Zealanders.’’ Scarlett witnessed a series of student-led protests across Chile from May till Decem- ber 2011. Protesters had multi-faceted goals, broadly related to lowering the price and strengthening the role of the state in secondary and higher education. Only 45 per cent of high school students in Chile study in public schools and the education system is largely in private hands. Beyond the specific demands regarding education, there was a feeling that the protests reflected a discontent with Chile’s high level of inequality. Protests included massive non-violent marches, but also con- siderable violence on the side of protestors as well as riot police. ‘‘There is a definite line of have and have- nots in regard to wealth within Chile,’’ said Scarlet. During her year in South America she travelled to the most northern areas of Chile and as far south as Patagonia. With other Rotary exchange students she trav- elled to Easter Island and also to neigh- bouring Bolivia and Peru. She has made life long friends with her fellow exchange students, whom she described as ‘‘fun and awesome people and from so many different countries.’’ ‘‘I am very grateful to Rotary for the won- derful opportunity they have given me.’’ Scarlet was so fluent in her second language that she had an anxious moment upon her arrival home to New Zealand with English and naturally the kiwi accent. She was still doing her thinking in Spanish. Scarlet attended Palmerston North Girls High School and is enrolled to start at Vic- toria University next month studying law and international relations.
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