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Howick and Pakuranga Times : Howick and Pakuranga Times Monday December 15 2014
www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, December 15, 2014 — 5 ARE YOUR VEINS TROUBLING YOU? DR. PAUL WEAVER UNIT 4A THE TERRACES 10 WELLINGTON ST, HOWICK WWW.0800VEINDR.COM Your Veins can be treated from around $29.00 per week over 24 months (terms and conditions apply, cost may vary depending on procedure) Interest free payment plans available. NON-SURGICAL, OFFICE BASED PROCEDURES, MINIMAL DOWNTIME FREE ASSESSMENT Individual results will vary. Before & After photos were taken over a period of 12 months. For Varicose Veins Medical Criteria Apply 125292-V2 121960 Amazingly graceful wins By Farida Master tHERE are tears and hugs as the year 13 class of Elim Chris- tian College says farewell to the rest of the school. The seniors bid goodbye to the staff, friends and teachers whom they’ve come to love and respect over the years. “It’s been a very emotional morning,” says school prefect Joy Britten, as the seniors get ready to go for a lunch at Denny’s, part of the college ritual for year 13s. “It feels surreal because school has been such a big part of my life. University is going to be com- pletely different. It’s a little scary and exciting.” Joy is one of the two students of Elim College who’s been awarded the very top scholarship from the University of Auckland. It includes tuition fees and other compulsory fees for three years of the undergraduate study. It also awards $2500 each year if the parental home is in Auckland, and the university provides aca- demic mentoring for the first year. The well-grounded and humble 17-year-old says: “I believe work- ing hard gets you places. If you have a goal and love the subjects you’re studying, it’s not difficult. “I’d like to point to God as the source of achieving and glorify God with my talent.” Joy enjoys tutoring pupils and has been helping two through years 9 and 11. “I love the feeling when they get that ‘aha’ moment,” she says, smil- ing radiantly. Joy’s older brother is also a Uni- versity of Auckland scholarship student, and while she carries on the family tradition of winning full scholarships, she’s very grateful for having won it. There’s a deep sense of humil- ity when acknowledging how she enjoys learning as well as keep- ing herself involved with World Vision leadership, doing advanced ballet and appearing for scholar- ship exams – five this year. Another exceptional student who treats excellence as a daily achievement is school scholar Aaron Keesing, the other Univer- sity of Auckland top scholarship recipient. The year 13 prefect has a track record like none other, and the crowning glory of his learning journey has been winning the New Zealand Outstanding Scholar Award, with a personal letter from the Minister of Education Hekia Parata congratulating him. “I won two outstanding scholar- ships in statistics and physics and scholarship in calculus in NCEA level three, both endorsed with excellence whilst in year 12.” Aaron has been the year 9 and year 12 top scholar at Elim College. When Aaron says he’s been doing accelerated mathematics at the University of Auckland and was placed third with a final score of 97.2 per cent, it seems like a natu- ral progression to his fast-forward record. He’s also won nine gold med- als in the International Competi- tions and Assessments for Schools’ computer skills and mathematics contests, including being the only dual medallist in New Zealand in 2012 for both maths and computer skills. And it comes as no surprise when Aaron says: “I’ve always learnt my own way, worked hard and been ahead of the class.” With a passion for robots and rockets, Aaron dreams of working with NASA. The way he’s going, it might not be long before NASA handpicks this brilliant mind whose list of academic achieve- ments is outstanding. ACADEMICALLY EXCELLENT: Outstanding Elim Christian College students Aaron Keesing and Joy Britten have been awarded top scholarships for the University of Auckland. Times photo Wayne Martin Training capacity improved By Marianne Kelly AN UPGRADE of Howick Intermediate School’s swimming pool will receive Howick Local Board funds so it can be turned into an effective training facility. At its monthly meeting on December 8, the board agreed to grant the Howick Pakuranga Amateur Swimming and Life Saving Club (HPK) $21,017 from its Facility Partnership allocation, with a rider that the club sign a minimum five- year memorandum with the school. A memorandum of understanding already exists between the school and HPK outlining the nature of the relationship between the two parties and the detail about access to the pool. The upgrade of the existing school pool involves providing specialised equipment so it can be used as a training facility. In a report to the board, council officers say there is a lack of training facilities for the high numbers of swimmers in the Howick ward, and the pool is one of only two with a 25-metre length in the area. HPK was incorporated in February 1966 and as a charitable entity in May 2011. It has 457 members. Howick Intermediate has 689 students and the pool is used by about 8500 swimmers a year. HPK runs the swim programme for the John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation in conjunction with the Auckland Council. Because the pool will be heated, the school and community will be able to use it for longer periods during the year, the report says. All primary and intermediate schoolchildren in the eastern zone will benefit because the pool is used for the annual Primary and Intermediate School Swimming Sports event.
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