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Invitation from the Principal
Welcome to St Kevin's College
As Principal of St Kevin's, I am very
proud of the high quality of teaching
and learning fostered within our
College. The College's modern facilities
engage students in their learning. Our
newly refurbished science laboratories,
graphic suite, Library Resource Centre
and boarding environment are 21st
century learning spaces that are
supported with state of the art
technology. Our classes are places
where relationships are valued and
excellence is expected.
Director of Boarding, Mr Justin Fowler, who leads the
team of boarding staff, is very pleased with the
developments at the College Hostel. The College has
always had an excellent reputation, but
having refurbished facilities and a
specialist team, which includes teaching
staff, focused on student support makes
St Kevin's Hostel a market leader.
The Hostel's annual external review
resulted in comments like: "Students
reported that it was like a family." "Both
boys and girls enjoy the way older
students play a role in welcoming,
supporting and sustaining them." "I
enjoy the hostel; it is a safe and
supportive home for me."
We are looking forward to welcoming you to the St
Kevin's College Family.
Paul Olsen, Principal
A helping hand
For some youngsters learning doesn't happen as
easily as they expect. Most children equate
being able to read with being smart -- and if
reading is hard they label themselves "dumb."
For 2-3 children in the average classroom, difficulty
with reading may mean that they are actually of
good intelligence, but dyslexic. Some people talk
about the "gift" of dyslexia but most dyslexics would
happily give the gift back!
Kip McGrath Education Centres can help students
with dyslexia. To start with, a test for dyslexia can
confirm that it is the problem -- and if it is not, they
can test for other possible reasons for poor reading.
Kip McGrath has two good options for dealing with
dyslexia. One is a tutoring programme that is
designed specifically for dyslexic students. It
integrates learning on the computer, on paper and
with games. The programme is very motivating and
The second option is the Cellfield brain rewiring
programme. (www.cellfield.co.nz) This is not tutoring:
it rewires the brain to work more efficiently. The
results are amazing. The average improvement in
reading skills is nearly 2 years in 2 weeks!
If you'd like to talk about options for a child you think
may be dyslexic, give Sue a call on 418-1600.
Advertising Feature Brigade offering
to install alarms
Fire safety: From left are Bruce McGill, of the Owaka
Lions, Bruce Wilson, from The Catlins Community
Company, and Dennis Craigie of Owaka Volunteer Fire
Brigade with the new 10-year battery smoke alarms.
Photo: CAROLYN DEVERSON
Get your smoke alarm
What: The Owaka Volunteer Fire Brigade, in
association with The Catlins Community Company
and the Owaka Lions, is selling smoke alarms, with
10-year batteries, for just $20 each.
Installation: Will install smoke alarms for free if
required. Also offer to test existing smoke alarms
and replace old batteries at a cost of about $6.
Why: They want to help save lives by having a
minimum of one good working smoke alarm in
each property in Owaka.
More information: Phone Owaka Fire Brigade
station officer Dennis Craigie on: 415 8855.
Owaka Volunteer Fire
Brigade station officer
Dennis Craigie is
thrilled with the early
response to his smoke
alarm project he thinks
will save lives.
The Owaka Volunteer
Fire Brigade, in associ-
ation with The Catlins
and the Owaka Lions,
are desperate to make
all houses in the Owaka
district fire safe by
selling New Zealand
smoke alarms, with
10-year batteries, at a
very cheap price of $20
The Catlins Com-
munity Company has
funded the project by
buying the alarms and
the Owaka Lions paid
for the project's adver-
delivered to houses.
Mr Craigie said it was
not a fundraising or
but simply a com-
munity service, which
he had been keen to
instigate after attending
a national fire training
course in Rotorua
earlier this year.
"My goal is to have one
working smoke alarm
in every house in Owaka. There is no
reason why people can't have at least
one,'' he said.
"It's all about commonsense and it's
all about safety.''
Mr Craigie said his team would
install the smoke alarms for free if
required and would also offer to test
existing smoke alarms at no charge
and replace old batteries, at a cost
of about $6.
When the 10-year life of the smoke
alarm batteries was up, Mr Craigie
said residents would be contacted to
remind them they needed to replace
Thebrigade would also like to see
alarms in holiday homes, sleep-outs,
shearing quarters, motor homes and
other temporary accommodation.
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