Home' Christchurch Mail : December 13th 2012 Contents 6 CHRISTCHURCH MAIL, DECEMBER 13, 2012
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Phone 388 4199 | Fax 388 4803
2013 Scholarship Winners
The photo shows the recipients of our 2013
Scholarships. From L-R Kaitlin Burke, Burwood
School winner of the academic scholarship, Mya
Inglis North New Brighton School, the Principal's
scholarship, Mr Richard Paton, Principal, Amelia
MacDonald, Windsor School, Principal's scholarship
and Max Bobby, Windsor School, Music scholarship.
Congratulations to these students and we look
forward to working with you next year.
Electronics Christmas Tree Day
On November 7th Chisnallwood hosted a special
electronic day with five engineers from various
backgrounds coming in to help 20 of our students
make electronic Christmas trees. The day was
organised by Catherine Smith from Futureintech.
The day involved the engineers assisting groups of
students to make and programme a picaxe chip to
produce a tree that played Xmas music and lit up
with impressive lighting. The students thoroughly
enjoyed their day and the school thanks Catherine
and the five engineers for their expertise.
The recent school short story competition was judged
by Glyn Strange of the School of Young Writers.
Lillian Fata took out first place in Year 8 and Ruby
Wagenvoord forYear 7.Grace Thixton was second and
Cole Yeoman third in Year 8 and Phoebe Thompson
second and Arna Woods third in Year 7. The photo
top right shows our winners from L-R Arna Woods,
Phoebe Thompson, Lillian Fata and Grace Thixton at
the back and Ruby Wagenvoord and Cole Yeoman at
the front. Congratulations to these students and let's
hope they will one day emulate the successes that
have come for some of our ex-pupils. For example,
ex-pupil Chelsea Dempsey who left Chisnallwood in
2006 won the prestigious Short- Short Story Award
at the BNZ Literary Awards, 2012. Chelsea beat
944 candidates to win her award. When visiting the
school recently she paid tribute to her Year 8 teacher,
Ms Pearson who she said was one of the people that
inspired her to write. We congratulate Chelsea on this
award and wish her further success with her writing in
the years to come.
On a similar note former pupil Esha Dickson recently
received notification that a story she has written will
be published in a book called Walking on a Tightrope
in Bare Feet. Esha's story is called Nature's Secret
and the book is a collection of stories by New Zealand
teenagers and should be out around Christmas.
CHALLENGE THE MARGINS OF TIME AND EXPLORE WHAT IS BEYOND
TO PROVIDE A LEARNING ENVIRONMENT THAT
RECOGNISES INDIVIDUAL NEEDS AND ENCOURAGES
STUDENTS TO DEVELOP TO THEIR FULL POTENTIAL.
TO DEVELOP STUDENTS WHO ARE CONFIDENT AND
COLLABORATIVE, STRONG IN LITERACY AND NUMERACY,
DEEP THINKERS, PURPOSEFUL, PRODUCTIVE AND ABLE
TO LIVE THE SCHOOL VALUES.
RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, RESILIENCE, RELATIONSHIPS.
Big Day Out for Syndicates
Kn, Ed and Bl
Friday December 14th
Student Reports go home Monday December 17th
End of Year Certificate Assembly
Tuesday December 18th
Final Assembly Year 8 only Wednesday December 19th
11-12.30 Year 7 go home at 10.40
Year 8 Formal
Year 7 only to 12 noon
Term 4 Concludes
Thursday December 20th
Teacher Only Day
Friday February 1st
Year 7 Students Only at 11am Monday February 4th
All Students at 8.40am
Tuesday February 5th
Term 1 concludes
Friday April 19th
Telephone : 03 388 4199
Fax: 03 388 4803
As 2012 rushes to an end it is great to
acknowledge the successes of the year and the
achievements and accomplishments of so many of
All these could not be achieved without the
support and encouragement of the wider
Chisnallwood community including families, staff,
PTA and members of the Board of Trustees.
This community has stood together as the
school has faced the Government proposal to
close and in doing so has clearly demonstrated
that Chisnallwood is a very important and
valued school within the wider Eastern part of
When we return in 2013 we will continue with
the process of Community consultation following
which we will submit proposals that reflect the
It will then be a matter of waiting for the
Minister of Education to decide the fate of the
school and to point the direction for the next fifty
Throughout this uncertainty the Chisnallwood
students have remained resilient and strong and I
compliment them fully for the way they have done
this amidst the uncertainties and shakiness of the
times. For this they can all hold their heads high
and feel proud of what they have achieved.
For those starting at Chisnallwood in 2013 I can
assure you that whatever happens Chisnallwood
will never wind down. It will always remain at the
forefront of Intermediate/Middle School education
and will always continue to provide opportunities
which will be challenging stimulating and enriching.
In the meantime however the summer holidays
beckon......consequently it is with much gratitude
that I wish you all well for the Xmas period and
hope that these holidays will be the best ever.
With best wishes to you all.
Thirty athletes travelled to Ashburton on November
27th to contest the Canterbury Inter-Intermediate
Athletics competition. The photo below shows our
four top performers, From L-R Reece Chalklen Year 8,
winner of the 800 metres, Lwamba Chileshe Year 8,
winner of the800 metre trackwalk and third in the 1500
metres, Alex Ryder Year 8, winner of the longjump and
the 200 metres, second in the 100 metres and third
in the 4 x 100 metres relay. Zoe Van Eekelen Year 8
was first in the 200 metres and second in the 4 x 100
metres relay. We congratulate these athletes on their
success and hope they continue their athletic careers
with distinction in their secondary school years.
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