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A Te Anau School spelling bee
has spelled success for Rotary’s
international ShelterBox aid
Under the direction of deputy
principal Bethany Rentoul, the
school set itself a target of raising
$1500 - enough to sponsor
the purchase of a ShelterBox,
containing emergency shelter
and basic provisions for a family
in disaster-struck areas such as
those affected by tsunamis.
It was a huge goal for such a
small school but the children
responded with gusto. Senior
students undertook a Spellathon,
while juniors made a coin trail.
The generosity of parents and
sponsors was such that the
children far exceeded their target,
raising $2277.30 for the cause.
Fiordland Rotary Club secretary
Glenda Chalmers said the club
had made up the difference
in cost, enabling the school
to donate two ShelterBoxes.
Because each box is numbered,
the children will be able to track
on the Internet where in the world
their boxes have been sent to and
for what future emergency.
However, this was not the only
effort made by the Fiordland
community to raise money for the
ShelterBox appeal, Mrs Chalmers
said. Fiordland College held a
mufti day and sold Samoan food,
while Rotarians collected money
from street appeals, collection
boxes in shops and from tourists
at Manapouri and Milford Sound.
When all the money had been
collected, a total Fiordland amount
would be made public, she said.
A ShelterBox contains sufficient
gear to accommodate a group of
10 people for 6 months. They are
packed with equipment suitable
for either cold or hot climates,
depending where the emergency
is. A key to their success is that
they are easily transportable.
Spelling success for aid
Te Anau School pupils Richard Crouchley and George Jackson present
Fiordland Rotary Club representative Linda Matheson with a cheque for
$2277.30 toward’s the international Shelterbox aid programme.
Unwanted packing material, old
toys, kitchen utensils and craft
bits are among a myriad of items
the Te Anau Primary School is on
the lookout for in preparation for a
new “Discovery Time” programme
for its new entrants next year.
Assistant principal Lynne Smith
learned about the activity-based
programme at an education
conference earlier this year,
researched it and is now ready to
launch it in Te Anau.
The teacher uses hands-on
activites as diverse as co-operative
play, construction, cooking,
painting, crafts, puppetry and
woodwork as a basis for inquiry
learning. Initially the once-a -week,
90-minute, sessions will only
involve new entrants, but it was
hoped to extend that to all five to
seven-year-old pupils by the end of
The programme links with
the curriculum but is heavily
dependent upon volunteers from
the community to share their
knowledge and skills with the
Mrs Smith said it was increasingly
important that children were
exposed to a wide range of
practical skills and experiences
at school as often things, that
were once taken for granted, were
not always taught or available at
home. To that end, she was also
looking for people willing to share
their time and skills between
11am and 12.30pm on Fridays to
work with small groups of children
at the various activity stations.
Meanwhile, anyone planning a
clean-out of their house over
the summer holidays was asked
to keep the school in mind
as a potential benefactor of
cast-offs. Among the items of
interest were skateboards and
helmets, children’s toy kitchen
(cooking, ovens etc), a variety of
boxes, cardboard, paper (collage
and construction materials);
water and-or sand play toys;
large blocks /untreated wood;
musical instruments and cooking
equipment (eg egg beater, blender,
electric frypan, hot plate etc).
The Discovery Programme had
been well planned and there was
good resource material available
for anyone wanting to find out
more, she said.
In the meantime, any questions or
offers of help can be directed to
Mrs Smith on (03) 249-7844.
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