Waitaki Herald : February 4th 2015
32 WAITAKI HERALD, FEBRUARY 4, 2015 NEWS extra teacher. The new teacher will enable the school to split classes with a junior teacher and senior teacher, while also allowing space for team teaching. ‘‘We are very, very excited,’’ said principal Ann Roughan. ‘‘[This time] last year the school had 15 pupils on the role. By the end of the year the role sat at 20, and we had six new enrolments over Christmas.’’ Roughan, who has been at the school since 2014, said the influx has been due to several new families moving to the area. ‘‘I guess they’ve seen what we’ve been doing and want to support At Kakanui, 25+1=2 teachers A By NICOLA WOLFE firstname.lastname@example.org n influx of new pupils at Kakanui School has entitled the school to an us,’’ she said. ‘‘They’ve heard we are the best wee rural school and wanted to come.’’ She said she was certain the time that has been spent promoting the school and it’s activities has helped to encourage new students. ‘‘Our Facebook page has let everybody know what we’re up to,’’ she said. The new pupils were all boys, Roughan said. Among them was year 5 pupil Cody MacKenzie, who was the 26th student to enrol, the lucky number for securing a second teacher. Currently, the school has chil- dren from new entrants age up to year 8. There are no year 7 pupils. All 26 children started back on Monday. Roughan is already making plans for the new teacher. She would like to renovate the current classrooms, making it easier to team teach. ‘‘I want to chop out the wall [between] the two rooms so we can go back and forth. That’s something I’d wanted to do since I started last year.’’ Ministry of Education funding will start for the new teacher in March, though Roughan hopes to find someone before then, preferably in the next two weeks. The school has also recently employed a new secretary, who has already started at school. Roughan said she was excited to see what 2015 would bring. She would like to see the school continue to grow and thrive, bringing in more pupils. ‘‘Thirty would be perfect,’’ she said. ‘‘We’ve got a really exciting year ahead of us.’’ Winning number: Kakanui School principal Ann Roughan with year 5 pupil Cody MacKenzie. Cody, 9, is the school’s 26th pupil, entitling the school to a second teacher. Photo: NICOLA WOLFE/FAIRFAX NZ Summer garden: From left, Dave Herbert, Craig Lory, Mark Allan and Waitaki Community Gardens co-ordinator Sophia de la Barra enjoy the afternoon’s festivities in the summer sun. Gardens success a reason to party The Waitaki Community Gardens celebrated its sixth birthday on Sunday. Gardens co-ordinator Sophia de la Barra said the gardens had been well received since opening in late 2008 and it’s the volunteers who have helped shape it into what it is today. It is now visited by people who volunteer their services, come to learn or simply to enjoy the gardens. ‘‘We have around 150 to 200 volunteers visit every month. They do anything from general weeding, watering and looking after their own plots to building,’’ de la Barra said. ‘‘We also had a really fantastic group come through the polytech for their seed to table class. They all shared their knowledge and experience. ‘‘It’s [also] great to see how many people come up for walks with their families just to see.’’ The gardens have also been Garden music: Oamaru band Reed Street Posse were one of two bands in charge of the live entertainment at the Waitaki Community Gardens sixth birthday bash. used by schools and other local organisations for classes and excursions. Celebrations of the special day took place on Sunday in the shape of a Pizza Pinata Party. Members of the community enjoyed an afternoon of music, art, food and games at the gardens. Oamaru-based band Reed Street Posse and Dunedin-based Whiskey and the Wench were the day’s entertainment, both playing a kids set that included interactive songs. Local artist Amanda Dennis was there for a garden fairy making workshop, the creations of which hung on the gardens’ lattice walls. Lots of ‘‘old school’’ party games were played, including a sack race, a wheelbarrow race where one person is pushed in a wheelbarrow by another wearing a bucket on their head, as well as an egg and spoon race. Photos: NICOLA WOLFE/FAIRFAX NZ There was also an opportunity to make your own pizza, a pinata and the obligatory birthday cake. De la Barra said there were already some plans in place to further develop the gardens in the future including developing a fruit and nut ‘‘food forest’’ on an additional acre of land. They are also open to ideas from the community. ‘‘If people come to us with ideas for projects we can make it happen,’’ she said. Where’rewegoing? One of the party games played was a wheelbarrow race, where someone had to push a person in a wheelbarrow while wearing a ‘‘helmet’’. Photo: SUPPLIED Just hit it: Everyone had a turn at hitting the pinata and encouraging others.
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