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CENTRAL DISTRICT TIMES, NOVEMBER 22, 2011
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Special day: Taihape Area
School pupil Liam Baker
turned 11 on November 11.
By TERRY KARATAU
Liam Baker celebrated a very
special birthday this year.
He turned 11 on 11/11/2011.
The number 1 does not end
there either, as he was born in
Palmerston North at 1am.
Liam was joined by friends to
celebrate his birthday on the
They had fun at Whanganui's
Kowhai Park but because the
bumper boats and mini golf were
closed, they went to Palmerston
North to watch the Johnny Eng-
lish Reborn movie.
Very keen on soccer, Liam has
just finished a season playing goal
keeper for Ruapehu Farm
Supplies under-11 team and will
play for Incept Marines U-13 team
He has an interesting hobby,
making sculptures with Blu-Tack.
However, he said that medium
did not allow details so he would
probably move on to something
Other hobbies include sketching
and playing computer strategy
When asked what the future
might bring, Liam could be a com-
puter game designer, a chef or an
artist. Time will tell.
Mataroa school's leaders and house leaders for 2011: From left, Fergus Munro (Totara), Sophie Carpenter (Totara),
Melanie Best (Kowhai), Samuel McNeil (Kowhai), Amy Bradley (Rimu) and Caleb Ashton (Rimu).
Fun and fundraising
By TERRY KARATAU
The Mataroa School leaders have
had a busy and productive year.
There was the Young Leaders
conference in Palmerston North in
May that taught them persist-
ence, always making the right
choices, and the X-factor -- learn-
ing to compliment people and
building self-esteem. There is no
doubt this group of leaders put all
they learnt into practice.
Sport has been a big part with
winter lunchtime games of
netball, rippa rugby, soccer and
One of their most enjoyable
days was when the leaders joined
Wanganui Sports at TAS and
learned new games, such as
dodgeball and cat/mouse/farmer/
dog, to take back to the school.
They have been busy fund-
raising for the upcoming trip to
the Tuff Kids games at Whanga-
nui's Cooks Gardens early next
Fundraising events included
banquets at the school, such as
the successful Queen's Birthday
Banquet and the Rugby World
Cup Fiesta. There has also been a
Next year Fergus Munro will be
attending Feilding High School.
''I enjoyed all the trips this year
and learning how meetings are
run,'' he said.
''I've tied up lots of shoe laces
for the juniors as well.''
Sophie Carpenter will be year 8
at Mataroa next year.
''This year has been really fun,''
''I enjoyed the trips we have had
and the Young Leaders conference
and learning new things. I am
looking forward to next year.''
Melanie Best will also be in year
8 at Mataroa School next year.
''I enjoyed all the things we
have tried -- how to be a leader
and all the things you have to do.
If I do become leader again next
year, I will help the new leaders.''
Samuel McNeil will be
attending Lindisfarne College in
Hawke's Bay next year. He
enjoyed the year because ''every-
one looks up to you'' and ''you get
to help others do activities''.
Amy Bradley is looking forward
to attending Taihape Area School
''Being a leader, people respect
you -- you take charge,'' she said.
''I have enjoyed helping the
Caleb Ashton will be going to
Feilding High. He enjoyed seeing
and learning new things.
''I have enjoyed all the trips and
the way the junior children looked
up to me to help them,'' he said.
Teachers learn new ideas
Leading the way: Taihape Cluster Group teachers at the ULearn Conference dressed
in Taihape colours for the conference dinner. Back row, from left: Carol Gilbert
(Pukeokahu), Vanessa Witt (Mataroa), Jan Casey (Papanui Junction), Maria Stockman
(Moawhango), Stacey Buchanan (TAS), Heather Gilbert (Papanui Junction), Maggie
Whittle (Moawhango). Front row: Ann-Maree Manson-Petherick (St Joseph's), Marama
Stewart (Pukeokahu). Inset: Sheree Alabaster (Taoroa). Absent from photograph:
Kathy Hughes, Warrick Greaves.
By ANNE-MAREE MANSON-PETHERICK
and MARYANN ROBERTS
For three intensive days, 15 teachers
and principals from the Taihape Clus-
ter of Schools attended the 2011
ULearn is the biggest teaching and
learning conference held annually,
usually in Christchurch. This year,
because of the February earthquakes,
it was held in Rotorua.
The three days are filled with back-
to-back inspiration, education, ideas,
strategies and fun that equips New
Zealand educators with all they need
to transform their teaching and
The themes for this year's conference
were raising achievement for all
learners, fostering creativity in
thought and action, developing leader-
ship capability, and building school,
whanau and community partnerships.
The teachers and principals from
Taihape had a jammed-packed three
days listening to world-renowned key-
note speakers and taking part in
workshops and presentations on a
wide variety of topics. Brain teasers,
thinking skills and different learning
styles were also part of the profes-
It was possible for so many from Tai-
hape to attend ULearn because of the
Taihape Cluster receiving funds from
the closure of Otairi School that were
specifically for ICT professional devel-
opment for teachers. Boards of
Trustees from each of the schools also
Those who went to the conference
will be presenting to other teachers in
the cluster at a professional develop-
ment session which will define the
quality of the ULearn experience.
All of those who took part have felt
the enormous power from the experi-
There were opportunities to network
and collaborate with colleagues from
throughout the country and abroad.
Everyone said they had a memorable
and lasting learning experience.
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