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Upper Hutt Leader : September 28th 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1939 Stables house newest school By JIMMY NESS ' It is a quiet and beautiful site . . . surrounded by trees, yet the sun still shines through into the classrooms. ' John Dalman Principal Upper Hutt's newest middle school will start its life at the former Wallaceville House stables. The building, called the Stables and now part of the Christian Fellowship of Upper Hutt's Lane Park com- plex, will be leased to the Upper Valley Middle School which plans to open in January. Principal John Dalman says he is delighted with the new location, which will be based around the two-storey building. It is a quiet and beautiful site, with grass and sealed playing surfaces, safe off-street parking. Surrounded by trees, yet the sun still shines through into the classrooms.'' Dick Jepsen bought Wallaceville House in the 1940s. He built the stables to house his racehorses. Jockeys and stab- lehands lived on the first floor above. Light renovations at the Stables will begin soon. Mr Dalman moved to Upper Hutt in August. He has taught maths, law and music in several New Zealand schools and more recently taught in Brunei. The Upper Valley Middle School values will focus on Christian principles. The personal relationships staff will have with pupils will be a key feature of the school. It will have classrooms and student workrooms for individual research and group work. Each student will have access to an iMac for at least an hour a day for research and project work,'' Mr Dalman says. The school will cater for children from year 7 to 10 with a maximum of 60 pupils and a teacher-to-pupil ratio of no more than 12 to one. The school is being established with Auckland's Villa Education Trust which set up the Mt Hobson Middle School eight years ago. It will follow more than two years of planning by two Pinehaven parents, Erica Hanlon and Ruth Harland who consider the adolescent stage central to establishing a love for education. Fees will be $8000 a year ($2000 a term). Enrolments are being accepted. See uppervalley.school.nz or email firstname.lastname@example.org. FAREWELL FOR GEORGE Local physio mourned 2 POOL ON THE MOVE Unusual road user 49 BEATEN IN THE END League reign over 52 Students stack up well Stacking experts: St Joseph's students, from left, Tommy Eggleton, 9, Nicolas Kananghinis, 10, Ethan Tauaifaiga, 9, and Joseph Lomax, 10. Photo: ROSEMARY McLENNAN By ROSEMARY McLENNAN Children from St Joseph's and Oxford Crescent Schools did well at the National Sport Stacking Champs, in Palmerston North on September 17. From St Joseph's, Nicolas Kanangh- inis was placed third in the individual all round champion sections and Ethan Tauaifaiga was named most promising stacker and came sixth overall in the individual events. The SOS One team of Nicolas, Ethan and Tommy Eggleton and Joseph Lomax came second overall in the team relay. The McKay sisters Neve, 8, and Ella, 10, of Oxford Crescent School came eighth and 13th overall. Their father, Deane McKay of St Joseph's School, came 11th overall. There were 140 competitors in three individual events, a doubles event and two team relay events. All competitors were competing to win the individual all round champion trophy. Schools competing from the Welling- ton region were Wainuiomata Inter- mediate, Randwick Primary, St Joseph's and Oxford Crescent. It was Tommy and Nicolas's first time at the nationals and the second time for Ethan and Joseph. Mr McKay says the national team, called the Black Stacks for the world champs in Germany next year, will be announced in the next week or so. He says Nicolas has the best chance of a place. Mr McKay was the non-competing manager of the Black Stacks team of four boys from Wainuiomata, Gisborne, Dunedin and Auckland that competed in the worlds in Dallas earlier this year. Three of those boys got top 10 placings. See photos on facebook.com/ speedstacksnewzealand. Kapa haka and hangi at special race day Trentham Racecourse will host a special race day on Friday next week before the Rugby World Cup quarter- finals. Overseas visitors have already been using the campervan facilities at the racecourse, and large numbers are crossing from Picton to Wellington this week. On October 7, visitors will be treated to a day of thoroughbred racing, kapa haka performances and tradi- tional hangi food alongside Orongomai Marae displays. New Zealand's oldest sporting tro- phy, the Ballinger Belt, which dates from 1861 and is contested at the nearby National Rifle Association, will be on display. Organisers hope some former All Blacks will share in the day's action with celebrity goal kicking. Racegoers will have the chance to win tickets to the legends dinner that evening with David Campese and John Kirwan at the Upper Hutt Cossie Club. Letters 10 Real Estate 23-41 Arts 33-35 Motoring 42 Classifieds 43-47 Sport 50-52
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