Wesley student selected for development

Wesley College student Tupou Vaa’i has been selected for the New Zealand Schools’ rugby development camp. The players assemble for a three-day camp from Friday 22 September, with teams to be announced the following Sunday in preparation for matches. Tupou was captain of the 2017 Wesley first XV team who were trophy winners in the CNI rugby competition in August.

Students want your junk

Since winning the Futureintech Engineering schools competition in 2013 with their mini golf development project, Waiuku Primary School teacher Trevor Bennett and students have been beavering away to bring the concept to life. Aptly named “The Junkyard Jewel”, the mini golf course is centred on turning old junk into cool and funky art. The goal is to provide the community […]

Students graduate with new glasses

A special graduation assembly was held at Pukekohe North School on Friday 1 September where five students from Pukekohe North School and four from Te Kohanga Primary School received glasses. This was the culmination of the Eye Screening and Testing project by Essilor Vision Foundation, in association with Optik Eyecare. The day was celebrated as a way to destigmatise the […]

Science students shine

Franklin students are at the forefront of science and many have been recognised for their projects as part of NIWA’s South and East Auckland science and technology fair prize giving. The awards evening, held on Tuesday 5 September and this year, students from Pukekohe Intermediate School and Pukekohe High School came away with a range of awards. Sophie Clark, Sam […]

Pre-schoolers befriend rest home residents

Every second Thursday, nine four-year olds from Pukekohe Central Kindergarten put on their high-vis jackets and walk to the Palms Rest Home. It’s an entertaining and interactive learning experience, not just for the oldest pre-schoolers of the day-care, but for the residents at the Palms as well. Sue, a therapist at the Palms says she loves seeing the interaction between […]

Italy trip for Tuakau students

Every three years, Tuakau College offers an overseas trip for their Year 11 to 13 students and this year 64 students will participate in a trip of a lifetime to Italy, France, Germany and Dubai. Thirty-nine adults and staff will accompany the tour, making a combined tour party of 103.  The goal is to experience life in another country and […]

Discovering Ella

Having someone like music industry icon Mike Chunn hear your original music, is one thing. Having someone of that calibre encourage you to submit your music for a competition, is what you’d call “next level!” Ella Barwick who attends Pukekohe High School, was at a recording studio when Mike Chunn heard her song “Last Day”. A quick email from Mike […]

Talei’s design goes live

Talei Peckham from Pukekohe has seized the opportunity to work in her dream field of set design.  Someday Stories is an initiative of the “Outlook for Someday” sustainability film project for young people. Supported by NZ On Air, the NZ Film Commission and The Body Shop, the project sees the creation of six short films by emerging New Zealand film […]

Franklin JPs recognised

In August, eighty-six Justices of the Peace from the Franklin and Districts Justices of the Peace Association, gathered for their annual luncheon.  Barry Watkin, a retired paramedic from the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Trust, was the guest speaker for the event, providing a very interesting first-hand account of the work carried out by the Trust. A total of $930 was contributed […]

Karate world championships beckon

An ACG Strathallan student and teacher have been selected to compete at the fourth World Goju Ryu Karate Federation Championships in Romania this month. Charlie McDougall in Year 4 has been practising karate for three years and competing in tournaments for two. He will compete in the boys 8/9 years division for Kata, Kumite and Irikumi. The eight year old […]