Kapi-Mana News : March 19th 2013
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Call for items for book fair Plimmerton Rotarians are busy sorting through used books, magazines, CDs and DVDs for the upcoming book fair, but they want more. Have you checked through every nook and cranny? Drop off books at The Professionals Real Estate offices at Whitby Mall, 3 Lydney Place, Porirua, or 105 Mana Esplanade, Paremata. If you have too many to drop off, phone 234 7116 to have them picked up. The fair is on March 23 and 24 at The Kennel Club in Elsdon, 9am till 4.30pm both days. Lots in store for school By KRIS DANDO Second year: Kate Gainsford. Kate Gainsford cuts a con- tented figure, but she knows there is plenty of work to do. The Aotea College principal is in her second full school year in the hot seat and is excited about developments at the school. Our roll is rising  and the number of in-zone students is rising, which is really encouraging. Our focus is to serve our enrolment zone and I think we are doing that. I want the academic side up further, we want more than 85 per cent of our students achieving at least level 2 NCEA, but overall, there s a great feel around the place. Although a strategy for the school s future is required by the Ministry of Education, Ms Gainsford sees it as a chance to involve their community more and map out the physi- cal makeup of the grounds and buildings. Events such as the upcoming Sportacular and public use of the school audi- torium is fostering buy-in from Porirua residents. The consultation we did came back with great ideas and clear thinking about where people see Aotea Col- lege fitting in this com- munity. Initiatives such as Sport in Education, launched last year, and having science students going into Kenepuru Hospital as part of their studies show Aotea is searching for new ways to add to the curriculum. There is a new website, which will have a portal where students parents can review NCEA results and attend- ance. Sportacular is creating a strong sense of school spirit among students and alumni, and has proven an effective way to fundraise, Ms Gains- ford says. Meanwhile, the auditorium Te Manawa is still in the works for a major upgrade. Civic funding for a feasibility study to look at options for the ageing venue, including mak- ing it a public facility, was turned down, however. Ms Gainsford says working with neighbours the Police College, Carrus, who are dev- eloping Aotea, and Porirua City Council over the school s future design is crucial. We are seriously looking at re-development and refur- bishement and we need the community s support as we carry this out. These are excit- ing times for Aotea College. School gala sure to be a blast Howdy partner: Students Zoe Wilson and Jake Lawrence are all set for a showdown at the Pukerua Bay School Wild West Gala. Families are encouraged to saddle up their horses and mosey on down to Pukerua Bay School s Wild West Gala this Saturday. Bands Killing Bear, Surf Daddies and Rusty Designz are headlining, with plenty of other entertainment, activities and bargains to keep punters happy. School principal Mary Jones says this year the money will again go towards ICT equipment. As a school we ve surveyed the com- munity and respondents were very clear about wanting a big thrust towards developing ICT equipment to provide a 21st century learning experience for the children. Mrs Jones says the whole school com- munity has been involved to ensure the gala is one to remember. We ve got horse rides, a reverse bungy jump, giant inflatable slide, Chair-O- Plane rides, paintball target shooting, and fairy and elf land for the littlies. The international food court will include Polish hot dogs, a gourmet barbe- cue, croquettes, vegetable curry and great coffee. All the usual stalls will be open for business and include toys, cloth- ing, bric-a-brac, books and a silent auc- tion. The 2012 gala raised $26,000 towards ICT equipment, in particular classroom laptops. You just can t underestimate the im- pact an injection of funds like this can have on a small school of 164 children like ours. It means we can purchase the added extras that are really now essenti- als for students living in the 21st cen- tury. The gala is on from 11am to 3pm.
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