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PH 271 3773. www.furniturepoint.co.nz. www.times.co.nz facebook.com/timesonlinenz By TERI DORAN MINISTER of Statistics Mau- rice Williamson went back to school this week when he visited students at Pakuranga College as they took part in the na- tional statistics education project, CensusAtSchool. The MP for Pakuranga joined teacher Priscilla Allan’s year 9 digital maths class last Monday, as pupils endeavoured to answer questions such as: How long can you stand on one leg with your eyes closed? And, what are Kiwi kids’ most common food allergies? The CensusAtSchool scheme, which runs over the next six weeks, is designed to increase students’ capabilities and interest in statistics in a fun and engaging way. Mr Williamson, who recently became a global identity due to his “big, gay rainbow” speech in sup- port of the Marriage Amendment Bill, says knowledge of statistics is a fundamental part of student learning. Without census information, he told the students, the Government wouldn’t know how many schools, health services or police would be needed to service specifc areas. “I know some of you might think this is boring. “But I promise you in later life you will say ‘I’m so pleased this was done’. “There’s phenomenal decision making that you can make if you’ve got really good information under- neath you. That’s the role I’ve got as Minister of Statistics. “I just want you to know that mathematics is one of the most exciting, rich and phenomenal subjects you can ever be involved in – the statistical part of math- ematics even more so. “You’ll use it everywhere in your life along the way. Even in times when you say ‘well, what’s the point in all this?’ “So many things we do in eve- ryday life, even with the design of where our bus routes are, and what bus routes, is done from a mathematical modelling perspective. “Things you just take for granted will be quite sub- stantially done from your mathematical background.” Pakuranga College is one of more than 500 schools taking part in the biennial project involving teachers, the University of Auckland’s Department of Statistics, Statistics New Zealand and the Ministry of Education. The international scheme is also carried out in Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, Japan and South Africa. Chris Wild, professor at the department of statistics, Univer- sity of Auckland, says: “We’ve been running it [CensusAtSchool] for 10 years and it’s been a big success. “Over the next few months, we expect something like 30,000 stu- dents to be flling in the census at school.” RachelCunliffe,CensusAtSchool co-director, says the students par- ticipating in the online survey will be able to compare themselves to other pupils across the country and all over the globe. “You can see whether you go to bed about the same time as students in the UK and Australia, or if your favourite singers are the same as kids in other parts of New Zealand,” she tells the pupils. Participating schools will be administering the census between May 6 and June 14. Meanwhile, before the minister left for another engagement, the Times asked him about his possible intentions of challenging Len Brown in the Auckland Council mayoral elec- tion in October, but he declined to comment at this stage. "Mathematics is one of the most exciting, rich and phenomenal subjects you can ever be involved in." -- Maurice Williamson, Minister of Statistics STRETCHING OUT: Pakuranga College students measure the arm span of Statistics Minister and Pakuranga MP Maurice Williamson as part of the CensusAtSchool project. Times photo Teri Doran MP: maths has its merits Saints win world final F ➤ romPage1 An incident in the second half saw red and yellow cards issued to Hartpury players, with Saints also receiving a yellow card. Hartpury scored its only try shortly after, with Saints crossing once more in the resounding 40-10 victory. Mr Piaggi says St Kents midfelder TJ Faiane was the standout player of the tournament. “He has taken his game to a new level. Both on attack and defence, he was without peer. “This is a tight group of young men. “They are professional in everything they do. “The management of the team through Jerry Leaupepe and the coaching by Tai Lavea and Josh Syms ticks all the boxes. “The goal was to win the tournament, but the opportunity to settle on combinations and give bench players time on the feld has been invaluable. “This will be a diffcult year for the First XV. We have a large target on our back. Everyone will play a test match against us this year. “There will be real bragging rights associated with beating Saint Kentigern College.” Saints’ frst match as world champions is against Otahuhu College away this Saturday at 2.30pm. n Saint Kentigern College First XV Sanix world championship winning squad: Cody Wheeler, Thomas Sinclair, Blake Gibson, Samuela Taiseni, Joseph Mitai, Tanielu Tele'a, Jonathan Cato, Jack Falloon, George Hollingworth, Matthew Morrison, Blake Knight, Blake Van Der Maas, Faase'e Faauli, Sesimani Tupou, TJ Faiane, Dillon Wihongi, Seketo'a Tameifuna, Harrison Marks, Matthew Corliss, Dalton Papalii, Pari Pari Osborne-Parkinson, Jethro Felemi, William Raea, Patrick Herbert, Fafamanatuga Lafaele, Sam Nock, William Phipps, Farrell Keil, Jerry Samania, Finaly Christie, Suliasi Vunivalu. Manager: Jerry Leaupepe. Coaches: Tai Lavea, Josh Syms.
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