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Upper Hutt Leader : December 14th 2011
3 UPPER HUTT LEADER, DECEMBER 14, 2011 NEWS Fast Approval CASH NOW 245 High Street 24 Queen Street Lower Hutt Wainuiomata Phone: 566 0989 Phone: 564 1596 *All Loans Subject to Normal Lending Criteria Loans for all reasons ADELPHI FINANCE LTD The Established Company HN105346/wh Amounts $500 to $5000 Providing Cash Solutions 40 Years of Financial Service Shop 3, 1 Turon Cres, Totara Park, Upper Hutt P: 04 526 2689 • E: firstname.lastname@example.org 3797948AM De Lorenzo Christmas Packs Now available just $45.90 Compl teyoura poi t en bypmStra4 Dece bertogoi t he r w r chnetwina uous ift baske . CHRISTMAS HOURS Tues, Weds, Thurs -- 9am -- 8pm Fri9am--5pm•Sat9am--2.30pm Complete your appointment by 2pm Saturday 24 December to go into the draw for a chance to win a fabulous gift basket. Children will be missed most End of an era: Retiring Trentham School teacher Jane Tito with pupils Nevada Burton-Petterson, 11, and Richard Chea, 10, wearing their dance outfits for the seniors camp concert at Forest Lakes tomorrow. Photo: ROSEMARY McLENNAN A 20-year second career in teach- ing ends next week with the retirement of Trentham School s Jane Tito. It is a career that has seen her in many roles at the school and teaching more than 600 pupils, some a second generation. Mrs Tito was part of Wellington Teachers College s second intake of mature students in the late 1980s. But the government increased the teacher-student ratio which meant fewer vacancies. Positions called supernumer- ary were created so graduates could get teaching work to guarantee their certification. Mrs Tito got a supernumerary position at Trentham and did some relieving at Silverstream School. She applied for a vacancy at Trentham and was chosen from about 70 applicants. During the past 20 years she has been a tutor teacher and mentored three new teachers, been an associate teacher to student teachers from overseas, including the United States, staff representative on the board of trustees, union rep, senior teacher (about three years) and is current road patrol organiser. She has also been art buyer, lit- eracy leader and began a garden club. Trentham School is a forward thinking school and one that provides much professional devel- opment to staff, she says. The school does wonderful musical productions and great school camps. It also has a wide ethnic mix of students, including many refugees. At one time they welcomed 29 Cambodian refugee children who arrived in a group and with just 10 days notice. They did not speak any English and were in two groups that did not get on. But with intensive morning tuition they quickly picked up the language and integrated very well into the school. Many families moved away when their parents found work but the children did not want to leave because they loved their school. One family came to New Zea- land missing a child who was later found in a refugee camp. Tren- tham School fundraised to pay the father s airfare to get the child and bring him home. One amusing memory is of local children, from other schools, get- ting into the school in the late afternoon through new, faulty doors and stealing computers and equipment. Unfortunately for them the Mongrel Mob lived next door, saw them and told their own children who were pupils at Trentham. Next morning those children told the staff who called the police. The stolen gear was returned to the school within 24 hours. Trentham uses peer mediators to deal with any problems in the playground so violence is rare. The school has a good discipline plan. The Salvation Army s Booth College of Mission and Trentham Military Camp are among the organisations the board draws its members from, with the result it has a lot of expertise and is proactive, Mrs Tito says. During the past 10 years nearly the whole school has been rebuilt. The oldest building is the library block which has been refurbished. The merger with Brentwood School was a stressful time for Trentham which had little say in the decision, Mrs Tito, who was on the Trentham board, says. A highlight of life at Trentham has been extension art this year and creating ethnic panels on building exteriors to represent the school s many ethnic groups. A teacher s day is a long one, with hours put in before and after class time and a huge amount of paperwork, often taken home. But the greatest joy is the chil- dren which she will miss the most. Mrs Tito is looking forward to more time in the garden around the Akatarawa home she shares with her husband bookbinding repair specialist Bill. She has been booked to do some planned relief teaching at Tren- tham next year. The school gave her a painting of her house by Sil- verstream artist Allan Paterson. Hipkins lands whip Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins was elected as the Labour Party s chief whip yesterday when the caucus s 34 MPs met to elect the new Labour Party leadership. David Shearer was elected party leader with Grant Robertson his deputy. Mr Hipkins says once Mr Shearer was announced as party leader he was in with a chance as the chief whip. I m quite excited about it. Suddenly there s a deluge of work to be done to get the show back on the road. The new leaders were confirmed late yester- day morning. Mr Shearer congratulated Mr Robertson and says rival David Cunliffe would be given a senior position. Mr Shearer says he is a fresh face for Labour. We have lost our connection with hard- working, talented Kiwis . . . under my leader- ship, we will rebuild and reconnect. Playhouses come to UH Upper Hutt families have won both playhouses raffled by Petone and Upper Hutt Mitre 10 Mega stores for Plunket. The Big Little Plunket Playhouse Proj- ect was a recent fundraising initiative held at the Petone and Upper Hutt Mitre 10 Mega stores. Plunket receives all the money from raffle ticket sales for each playhouse, worth $1500. Entries were pooled for the draw and both won by Upper Hutt women. The first playhouse was won by Upper Hutt woman Wendy who is giving it to her daughter Kirsten. Kirsten, also in Upper Hutt, says it will be a "wonderful" Christmas present from her parents to her three children, a 4-year-old and twins who turn 3 today. The other winner, Kimberlea, of Totara Park, says her daughters, aged 3 and 20 months, have enjoyed the play- house when they visited the Upper Hutt store and will make good use of it at home.
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