Rector's Comment // Friday 9 November 2018
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FUTURE PROBLEM SOLVING
Congratulations to our students who competed in the Future Problem Solving National Finals last weekend. Our Year 8 team of Lachlan Odlin, Jin Woo (Luka) Lee, Luke Wylie and Portia Bennie, and our Year 7 team of Yuzhou (Chantelle) Xiong, William Bainbridge-Smith, Victor Sherborne and Carter Rhodes, are now both National Champions after winning their respective categories. The Year 7 team also achieved third place in the Presentation of Action Plan. Both teams have now qualified for the international finals at the University of Massachusetts, USA.
Our other Year 7 team of Megan Simpson, Isobel Forsey, Tama Connelly and Olivia Burdon, and individual competitor Liam Hackston (Year 7), both placed as runners up in their categories, with the Year 7 team also qualifying for the international finals.
Students Abby Jones, Felix Kenton-Smith, Eva Hitchon and Emma Prince competed in our Year 10 team and were National Finalists, achieving third place in the Middle Division Presentation of Action Plan.
Well done to all students involved and to our teachers, Mrs Kelly McBride, Mrs Vicki Pettit, Ms Julie Rogers, and Mrs Bron Rankin for their ongoing teaching and support. We wish the teams the very best of luck for the international finals next year.
In the 2018 Haiku Invitational International Haiku Competition (Youth Section), the Sakura Award was awarded to Eloise Doreen-Fraser (Year 9) for her haiku the blossom tree is still. Honourable mentions go to Tessa Bishell (Year 9) for her haiku windy morning, Ashton Threadwell (Year 9) for his haiku day of his departure, Charli Watts (Year 9) for her haiku cherry blossoms settle on the water and Jaime Howell (Year 10) for her haiku an abandoned building.
In the WORD Christchurch Science Poetry Competition, finalists were Alexander Wilson (Year 9) for his poem Planting the Seed of the Solar System and Eloise Doreen-Fraser (Year 9) for her poem H and H.
At the end of Term 3, Mrs Vicki Pettit’s Year 8 Mathematics class entered the 2018 Interface Magazine Eco Home Minecraft Competition. In class, the students had been learning about scale and to demonstrate their learning, students were asked to plan an Eco Home design assigning and following a set scale to the build. The process also involved learning about sustainable and renewable materials, and how energy efficient homes could help with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030.
Sophie Hayden and Emily (Millie) Keith placed second nationally in the Intermediate Challenge Grade.
Second Place Design:
Annalisa Fleming (Year 13) won the Canterbury Konnichi wa speech competition. During the holidays she selected to represent New Zealand in the final of Australia's Japan Foundation Speech Competition, where she was the only student from New Zealand.