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Upper Hutt Leader : June 1st 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1939 Letters 10 Real Estate 20-35 Arts 37-39 Motoring 40-41 Classifieds 42-46 Sport 48-52 CROONERS FOR CHRISTCHURCH Cossie concert a hit 5 THEY DO KNOW IT ALL Fergusson triumphant 13 BIG SATURDAY Crucial last round in rugby52 Middle school opens in 2012 By COLIN WILLIAMS CONTINUED Page 2 Anew independent co-ed middle school is set to open next year. The Upper Valley Middle School will educate children from years 7 to 10 (forms one to four) and oper- ate from the beginning of the 2012 school year with a maximum 60 students. A principal, John Dalman, has been appointed and a suitable property, at an as-yet-undisclosed location, has been found. At the moment we are working through the consent process [with the city council] for the changes we need to make to turn our pro- perty into a school, with an open day promised in October, the school information says. An information day, with Mr Dalman in attendance, will be held on June 11. Mr Dalman, who has worked in a number of schools in New Zea- land and recently in Brunei, will move to Upper Hutt at the end of August and will work fulltime from September, appointing staff and preparing for the school s January opening. The new school s values will be openly based on the principles of Christian faith and the personal relationships staff will have with all students will be a key feature of the school. The proposed teacher-to- student ratio will be no more than 12 to one and the indicative fees are $8000 a year ($2000 a term). The small size of the school ensures that genuine partnerships are possible between the school and student families, Mr Dalman says. The UVMS concept is some- thing I know I will be enthusiastic about and able to promote with sincerity and confidence, he says. The four principles of balanced education, partnership, excellence and family identity are very important to me. The Upper Valley Middle School is being established with Auck- land s Villa Education Trust which set up the Mt Hobson Middle School eight years ago and will follow more than two years of planning and investigation initiat- ed by two Pinehaven parents, Erica Hanlon and Ruth Harland. Both believe the emerging ado- lescence stage of education is criti- cal. Events mark parish century This weekend Upper Hutt hosts the centenary cele- brations for St Joseph s as a standalone parish. The celebrations also mark 100 years of St Joseph s School, which began as an orphanage founded by the Sisters of Mercy. Combined festivities will include a cocktail evening on Friday, a centennial dinner the following day and a special mass on Sunday. More than 400 guests are expected to attend. And St Joseph s Scout Group is also celebrating as it is 75 years since the group was established. It was the second Scout group in Upper Hutt. The Scouts will have dis- plays and serve hot drinks in the Scout Hall in Royal St on Saturday. Visitors are welcome from 9am until 4pm to look at the displays of books, badges, uniforms and camp blankets dating from the 1930s to the present day. More details of the parish celebrations are on pages 26-27. Dancers blow judges away By KAROLINE TUCKEY Computer kids: Children from Upper Hutt's Fraser Crescent School perform a dance showing how computers have changed modern communication, as part of their J Rock section entry at Stage Challenge at Wellington's TSB Arena last Friday night. Photos: PETER McDONALD Smooth operators: Kato Tu'Ivai, left, and Maia Douglas-Baker, both 10, mime to the song Operator as part of Fraser Crescent School's entry into the J Rock section of the regional Stage Challenge. Photos of the school's entry can be viewed and ordered at pix.ccn.co.nz. Judges were impressed with the efforts of Fraser Crescent School s J Rock dancers in the Wellington regional Stage Challenge last Fri- day night. J Rock is a special category for primary school children to take part in the dance, drama and cos- tume stage competition that thou- sands of students around the coun- try look forward to every year. This year 18 Wellington schools took on the main challenge, with only one other school as compe- tition in the J Rock category. Fraser Crescent teacher Nycki Procter says the children exceeded her expectations for the perform- ance and were so good one judge sent congratulations. The judge said if they d known it was going to be that good, they d have got us to compete in the main competition. Of the 57 Fraser Crescent stu- dents taking part, 51 danced, five worked on the production back- stage and one was an announcer. They really put in a big effort on the night, and their expression and enthusiasm on the night was fantastic, so they really did the school proud, Ms Procter says. Some of the dancers had quite technical dance moves to learn. Their fun theme, Highway to Hello, charted six phases in the development of communication technology, starting with smoke signals, right through to the inter- net and then online social networking, Ms Procter says. None of them actually knew anything about switchboards and brick phones, so it was quite nice to share that with them and show them how technology has changed, she says. Most of them could identify with Twitter and Facebook, so that made it relevant for them. Students also shared their pro- duction with residents of nearby Elderslea, putting on a dress rehearsal for them in the week before the final performance. Thanks were due to parents for helping out with costumes, and a local real estate agent who donat- ed the main props -- old signs which were cut up to look like com- puters, Ms Procter says. Fraser Crescent School won awards of excellence for choreogra- phy, concept, visual enhancement, and school initiative.
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