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Upper Hutt Leader : December 28th 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1939 Letters 6 Real Estate 10-11 Arts 13-14 Motoring 15 Classifieds 16-17 Sport 18-19 ACADEMIC SUCCESSES Upper Hutt College prizes 9 NEW YEAR'S FESTIVE START Spoilt for choice 13 RUGBY THE WINNER Sports year in review 19 School bell sounds for a class act Farewell Mrs McIlraith By AMY JACKMAN ' You get to see changes every day, they [the pupils] are like blotting paper, you can just see them blooming ' Michelle McIlraith Super Teacher: Michelle McIlraith has taught multiple generations of the families of, from left, Jonathan Spurgeon, Kayde Ward and Rayarn Zammit families in her 46 years at Silverstream School. Photo: AMY JACKMAN The end of the 2011 primary school year saw Michelle McIl- raith's 46 years of teaching at Sil- verstream School draw to a close. Mrs McIlraith has retired from full-time teaching but said she might do some relieving work at the school. I'm going to miss the children, miss working in the library, because that's one of the things I have been responsible for and the staff, of course. It's rewarding working with chil- dren, especially the five and six-year- olds I have now,'' Mrs McIlraith said. You get to see changes every day, they are like blotting paper, you can just see them blooming,'' she added. Over her time at the school she has seen many changes to the way education is taught, including changes in classroom decor and smaller class sizes. The biggest class I had had 46 in it and now I've got 18. It makes a difference. You can give the children far more time. When I first came here every- body sat in their seat all day. Now they sit on mats or in little groups but back then there was no room for a little mat because you had so many desks in the room.'' She also remembers the way certain subject have had name changes over the years. Nature studies has turned into science, arithmetic turned into mathematics, you know all those different names for the same things. Tadpoles still turn into frogs and one and one is still two, no matter what you call it.'' Mrs McIlraith has taught many different members of the same famil- ies. This year in my class I've got three children whose parents I taught or I was here when they were here but no grandchildren yet.'' Now she is retired she is looking forward to spending more time doing things she has not had time to do. I've got lots of things I am look- ing forward to. I've got shelves and shelves of books waiting to be read and cupboards of material waiting to be turned into something. A wee bit of travel, not very far afield but I'll go and visit the relatives.'' Are you ready to go Beyond the Black? Prepare for fast fretwork and frantic drumming . . . Upper Hutt will be hosting New Zealand's first heavy metal and rock themed New Year's Festival this weekend. Beyond the Black will be held at the Trentham Racecourse on New Year's Eve. Festival goers will camp and watch about 14 loud bands. Local Jenny George is organis- ing the event with Wellington's Medusa Bar owner Tamara Buck- land. Ms George hopes about 1000 people will attend. Ms George, who previously helped run the successful La De Da New Year's festival, says she came up with the idea because there are no major festivals for people who like heavy music. The festival's lineup includes Shotgun Alley, Sinate, In Dread Response, Whole Lotta Led, Sub- tract, Of Blackest Oceans and more. There will also be stalls with food and merchandise. Bands will perform in the area below the public stand so the event is not weather-dependent. More information is on the event's website, beyondtheblack.co.nz. Tickets, from $30, are on sale at Mango Music in The Mall and at 1-night.co.nz. There will not be gate sales at the racecourse.
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