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Fiordland College principal Lynlee
Smith flew out of Queenstown
on Sunday bound for Norway,
where she will spend the whole of
term two on sabbatical exploring
education in the progressive
The scope of the trip would
be to look at the projects
and infrastructure in place in
other schools that promote
environmental excellence, as well
as learning about the Teach First
programme that aims to get more
masters graduates into teaching.
Plans had been significantly
altered by the sudden tragic death
of her husband Les Cain, who was
killed when the fertiliser spreader
he was operating overturned on a
hill country property in April.
“Things kind of conspired against
us really,” Ms Smith said.
“I’m actually not doing the whole
broad trip. I was going to the
States [as well] and I just couldn’t
The American schools she would
have been visiting had said they
would welcome her whenever she
was ready, Ms Smith said.
“I don’t think anybody’s too
stressed, they know that it hasn’t
been a particularly easy month.”
Things had been reshuffled in
the past fortnight and now she
had arranged to visit eight to 10
schools in Norway, around Oslo
and Horten, she said.
Norway had an ethos that was
very conscious of its natural
environment, something that
needed to be part of the way we
do things here, Ms Smith said.
“We’re thinking little things like
gardens, which are very important,
but we have to think much bigger,”
she said. “And if I don’t have that
picture, how is anybody else in the
school going to have it?”
Ormiston College in Auckland
exemplified the modern standard
for school infrastructure, with zero
waste, water collection, a wind
turbine, and solar panels, Ms
“We should be generating our own
power, collecting our own water,”
she said. “That should just be part
and parcel of what we have here.”
Kids Restore the Kepler had
proven that Fiordland College
could run a sizeable project, and
her vision was for generational
projects that weren’t dependent
on one group or an enthusiastic
individual, Ms Smith said.
“That was where this all began
was how do we make sure things
keep going when one driver
A large part of any sabbatical was
rest and recuperation, and five
weeks of her trip would be spent
with her daughter, son-in-law, and
grandson in Oslo, Ms Smith said.
“I’ve been told I’m going kiddy
swimming,” she said. “And we
might go shopping in Sweden.”
Since Les’ death, community
support had been absolutely
wonderful, she said.
“There’s a fantastic number of
people who have just done all
sorts of things, whether it was
food, or just phone calls, cards
or messages, it’s been amazing.
The support has been
Little touches of respect from her
students demonstrated that they
cared about staff as much as
they cared about one another, Ms
“There’s a little poster board in my
office, and kids have all written
little notes on those Post-it notes.
Messages like ‘be strong’.”
“I think it is important for me to go
and do this. It’s some normality in
what has been not a normal past
Ms Smith will return in time for
Environmental excellence in education
Fiordland College principal Lynlee Smith will return from Norway in 10 weeks with another troll to add to her collection
of the Scandinavian carvings.
By Brendan McBryde
Organisers of Central Southland
College’s Muddy Buddy mud run
have not given up on the popular
After inclement weather conditions
forced the event’s cancellation on
Sunday, a decision has been made
to reschedule it.
Spokeswoman Andrea Beggs said
the event was called off because
of the cold conditions.
“Sunday was a terrible day, so we
are pleased we did the right thing
and cancelled,” she said.
However, that was not the end
of the mud run and the 600-plus
competitors who had registered to
take part were now being invited
to give it a go on Sunday June 8,
Mrs Beggs said.
“Everything will be the same –
same time, same place, same
An email had been sent out to
all 170 team captains informing
them of the new information
and allowing them to make any
necessary changes, she said.
“Teams can substitute other
people into teams and they do
that by going to their registration
which is online.”
Upwards of 500 participants
battled the elements, slipped and
slid through the mud and generally
got pretty messy during last year’s
event. This year’s includes a 3km
and a 6km course, with several
obstacles laid on for competitors,
including a net to crawl under,
tyres to go through, a creek
crossing and a huge mudslide to
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