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www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, September 22, 2014 — 5 Rockabye Early Learning Centre, 122 Aviemore Drive, Highland Park, Auckland 127647 “Consistent, effective teaching pra Pressure inspires debate By Farida Master iT WAS five hours before the prestigious event at Waipuna Hotel that Briana Price, Justin Menezes and Eilidh Macleod, the debating team of Pakuranga Col- lege, got their topic. “What does this even mean?” – was the joint reaction of the year 11 students when they first got to know they were supporting the moot: ‘This house believes the MMP electoral system serves New Zealand well’ – for the hotly con- tested Holyoake Cup. “We tried to research the topic since we had no idea how the Mixed-Member Proportional (MMP) electoral system worked,” says 15 year-old Briana. “We got to know the topic from our teacher at 12.30pm and by the time we got down to understand- ing the intricacies of the subject it was 3pm. “We had to stop researching and start making points for the debate since time was running out.” Her friends, 16-year-olds Eilidh and Justin nod in unison as they relive the nervous excitement and the challenge of working under pressure. English teacher Yolande Wil- liams says the strong rapport the trio share makes them a formida- ble team. “They hang out together even in their break time,” she says. “It’s the trust factor and an excellent work ethic they share which makes them compatible. They fill up the gaps in each oth- er’s arguments and make a great debating team.” Eilidh adds: “It helps to be so close. We can discuss any idea without being bothered about how stupid it may sound. It also allows us to take constructive criticism from each other.” Sponsored by Noel Holyoake and his wife Betty, the Pakuranga Rotary Club has been hosting the Holyoake debating event for the past 30 years. The prized cup is challenged for annually by the debating teams of Saint Kentigern, Pakuranga and Edgewater Colleges. The last time Pakuranga College won it was in 2011, and the young team has been competitively debating for only a year. Eilidh says: “Last year we were in the junior open debating cat- egory, but this year we moved up a grade into the senior category.” The triumphant trio was spotted by Philippa Mulqueen, the senior English teacher, when it ranked fourth in the Senior Auckland Schools Debating Competition with 98 teams participating. They openly admit they were a little unnerved when they saw the St Kents boy’s team walk in at the venue. Briana says: “The boys were tall, in fancy blazers with lots of badges and we were freaking out. They looked like serious debaters. “But the important rule is to keep yourself together,” she says laughing, talking about how vital it is to have a presence. Justin adds: “You have to believe you can do it.” Eilidh says she didn’t think she heard right when their winning result was finally announced. Briana says she was in shock: “There was utter disbelief.” Everything was then a blur as she got misty-eyed. While their teacher Mrs Wil- liams talks about their pace and clarity of delivery, which pro- vided the winning edge, all that matters to the year 11 students of Pakuranga College is they won the Holyoake Cup for 2014 against the experienced year 13 students of St Kents. TRIUMPHANT TRIO: Best friends make a good debating team, as proved by Briana Price, Justin Menezes and Eilidh Macleod of Pakuranga College, who challenged St Kent’s and won the hotly contested Holyoake Cup. Times photo Wayne Martin Doing their bit to nurture kiwi HOWICK Intermediate School students nailed and hammered for a worthy cause by building sturdy wooden kiwi shelter boxes for Rotorua’s Rainbow Springs. The boxes, each handmade and labelled with the student’s name, were constructed as part of a school project and will be put to good use as beds for the kiwi in the outdoor runs. A group of eight of the students recently made the trip from Howick to present the boxes to Rainbow Springs, and to see first-hand how they will be used. Kiwi Encounter assistant husbandry manager Emma Bean says: “The kids were very excited to visit the park and see the kiwi up close. “The boxes have been beautifully made and will be very useful. We’re grateful for the effort they’ve all made. “Kiwi Encounter, the kiwi hatchery at Rainbow Springs, is a charitable trust and relies on donations to keep hatching kiwi, so every donation helps.” Pupils Adam, Lorrain, Angel, Jayden, Luke, Cameron, Jeet and Serine investigated reasons for the decline of NZ national birds and examined the impact on kiwis as part of their project. Serine says: “We drew out a protective shelter three-dimensionally, and included measurements, a step by step process and a materials list prior to manufacture. “The shelter is to Rainbow Springs’ specification and will nurture kiwi chicks. “Our social action was to design and create a shelter for kiwi chicks so they can increase in numbers.” The new kiwi hatching season is in full swing at Kiwi Encounter, with the arrival of the first two chicks of the season in the past week. Rainbow Springs plays a crucial role in kiwi conservation and breeding. As NZ’s largest and most successful kiwi hatching centre, it nurtures kiwi eggs that are brought in from around the North Island to save them from predators.
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