Botany and Ormiston Times
Howick and Pakuranga Times : Howick and Pakuranga Times Thursday November 20
6 — Howick and Pakuranga Times, Thursday, November 20, 2014 www.times.co.nz 125742-v5 $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ Nobody knows your Volkswagen like we do. Volkswagen Genuine Service & Parts. 0800 VW BOTANY 13 Nandina Ave, Botany | Open: Mon-Fri 7:30am - 5:00pm email@example.com | www.giltrapvolkswagen.co.nz Beinto Win a Tropical Fiji Holiday Plus a boot load of other prizes including a SONY LED TV, PS4 bundle, iPad MINI, GTI Watch and more! Receive a scratchcard with every service visit before December 22, 2014. All Volkswagen Genuine Parts come with a comprehensive 2-year warranty when fitted at a Volkswagen Service Centre. $ $ $ $ $ The Volkswagen Service App for smartphones will keep you in touch with your nearest Volkswagen Service Centre at all times. $ $ $ $ $ Workshops with factory-linked diagnostic technology get straight to the heart of any problem to save you time. $ $ $ $ $ When it comes to that all important detail called price, you won’t find better value for money anywhere else. $ $ $ $ $ Volkswagen Service Centres throughout New Zealand don’t just offer better value, they offer a better overall experience. $ $ $ $ $ CASCADE FRUIT & VEGE 135 CASCADES RD, PAKURANGA hile stocks last 125622-V5 $ 299KG EA 99C 2 $550 2$4 2$2 $2 $ 199 CRISP APPLES CHIPS CHIPS Howick Santa Parade Howick Santa Howick Santa Parade Parade See you there! SPONSORS: PHOTOS FOR SALE Thousands of photos from all our publications are available for purchase via our website. Go to www.times.co.nz/photos and click on your chosen image for ordering details. www.times.co.nz/photos By Farida Master tHE powerful Maori rendition of Hallelujah echoes through Sancta Maria Catholic College as principal Yang Long of Shanghai Jincai Experimental Junior Middle School is welcomed by the choir. The principal of the progressive school in Shanghai is accompanied by Botany MP Jami-Lee Ross and a Chinese delegation on a five-day visit to Auckland last week. After a thunderous Maori wel- come, Sancta Maria College prin- cipal Paul Daley reflects on the significance of the moment that marks a grand new beginning. “We’re very pleased to establish a formal relationship between your school and ours,” he says. Mr Ross congratulates the prin- cipal from the Chinese school on partnering with Sancta Maria Catholic College. “This is an excellent choice. Sancta Maria is a very high achiev- ing school with high moral stand- ards,” he says. “This school is so impressive that I, as an MP, brought the Minister of Education to visit it. “There are 2500 schools in New Zealand and for the minister to visit it it has to be very special.” As Mr Long and vice-principal Wei Zhu tour the school, Sancta Maria’s director of international students Rosemary Gillies, who visited Shanghai back in April, says it’s a great investment. “The aim of this programme is to begin annual visits from Chinese students to Sancta Maria for two- week study tours. It’ll give the stu- dents a taste of our Kiwi culture. “Once they visit us, the students looking at studying overseas may want to come back as international students,” says Ms Gillies, who plays the mother hen role to for- eign pupils and is responsible for spearheading the initiative. “From just nine international students, we currently have 23.” Ms Gillies, who’s had an overseas experience of teaching in a Hong Kong school for four years, adds: “It’s very exciting that next year we will have around 20 to 30 exchange students visiting us from China. “Later, we’ll send our students. Two or three of our teachers will also get a chance to travel there.” Mr Long is equally enthused about the new partnership. He’s visibly impressed with the activi- ties and the range of subjects, as well as the positive environment that Sancta Maria offers. “The students look very bright and there are a lot of things we can learn from this school,” he told the Times, with the help of agents Jeff Ren and Isabella Ye as interpreters. “It’s very creditable that the princi- pal seems to know every student by their name.” Referring to a year 7 maths class where a former student of the school is helping younger pupils, he says it’s a brilliant idea to have senior students take time out to help the juniors. “Compared to the rest of China, our school is very small,” says Mr Long, talking about the Shanghai school with an international out- look. “We have around 40 students in a classroom with a focus on the subjects of art, music, languages, technology, robotics, volleyball and table tennis. “We like to imbibe different cul- tures and our students travel exten- sively all over the world. Forty of our students have just returned from visiting a school in Germany. “Soon, a batch of students is going to France. In January, another lot is travelling to Austria. “We offer our students an inter- national platform and send them overseas so they can experience different cultures, customs, and learn about other traditions. “Like Sancta Maria, we’re a young school and I look forward to forging a close relationship on our journey together.” SHANGHAI DELEGATION: On the visit to Sancta Maria Catholic College last week to sign a formal relationship is, from left, Huang Xiao Dong, Jeff Ren, Botany MP Jami-Lee Ross, Shanghai Jincai Experimental Junior Middle School principal Yang Long, Sancta Maria College principal Paul Daley, vice-principal Wei Zhu, Cao Hong, and Rosemary Gillies, the director of international students at Sancta Maria. Times photos Wayne Martin From Shanghai to Sancta Maria zone KIA ORA: The Chinese visitors were greeted with traditional Maori kapa haka and waiata.
Howick and Pakuranga Times Monday November 17
Howick and Pakuranga Times Monday November 24