From the classroom to the newsroom - Part Two

Pictured: Nat Warburton, Nico Porteous, Kezik Magill and Bede Laming. Photo: Janis Sandri

From the classroom to newsroom with Holy Family School


After successful workshops held during Holy Family School’s Creativity Conference at the beginning of the term, the Wanaka Sun was invited back to hold another newsroom session with interested students.

The students, aged from eight to 11-years-old were tasked with researching, writing, editing and taking photographs for their own news stories.

Wanaka Sun editor Ruth Blunt then had the difficult job of selecting articles for this week’s newspaper.

“I was so impressed with the students’ submissions. They all did a fantastic job writing and researching their own stories. It was difficult to choose just a few of the articles, so we’ve decided to publish all of them on our website,” Ruth said.  

“This selection is just a sample of the young talent we have in Wanaka.”

The articles were sub-edited by ten-year-old Hunter Heath.  

Read more articles on pages 8 and 9 of the Wanaka Sun


Nico Porteous 

 - By Kezik Magill (10)

Holy Family School held a Creative Conference from April the 30th to May the 4th 2018. There were about 67 people from Wanaka and Queenstown who came to speak.

One of those speakers was Nico Porteous who won a bronze medal at the Winter Olympics in South Korea. Nico Porteous was the youngest skier to do a triple cork 1440 in the world in 2016. Nico shared what he did when he was younger and at the Winter Olympics.

One thing he remembered when he was little was that he never got the point of a pizza technique when learning to ski, so his mum made chocolate cake and cut it like a shape like pizza, so, on the carpet, his mum would say ‘chocolate cake’ and Nico would do a pizza shape on skis.

Nico also talked about how he stayed up until 4 o'clock in the morning after winning his medal.  

The kids at Holy Family were having a blast at the Creative Conference, thanks to Janis Sandri and Angela Scoullar for doing it all for the school. It is just the beginning for everyone...

Pictured above:  Nat Warburton, Nico Porteous, Kezik Magill and Bede Laming. Photo: Janis Sandri


Sticky for houses

 - by Joseph Combe (10) and Yannick Coombe (10) - Photo: Yannick Coombe

You may have seen that part of Sticky Forest is being cut down, Sticky is a very lovely place for walking and mountain biking. I am sure that quite a few people are quite frustrated with this change as now there is only one main entrance.   

A lot of experienced mountain bikers probably fear too much of the forest is being developed, although there will be some natives planted, and bike trails restored, but some of the forest is being developed as part of the Kirimoko subdivision.

Mike Beresford is one of the current Maori land owners of another part of Sticky Forest, he announced in 2015 that only 20ha of the 50ha may be developed but Bike Wanaka spokesman Simon Telfer said he wanted to protect all of the land. But obviously that isn’t happening.

A group of people from Wanaka was working hard in the hope that the 1000+ Maori land owners would vote to sell the forest, giving the community a chance to buy it.

We had four questions that we asked three different people in Kirimoko park. The`     questions were:

What do you think about the development in sticky forest?

Do you think you would make the same decision if you were the council?

Do you think it would be a nice place to go when the natives are planted?

Do you prefer native or pine trees?

Everyone agreed with the natives, but not the whole idea of what was happening.

Katie Buchanan said that she agreed with the natives but not so much the idea of the housing.


Holy Family Hosts Creativity Conference

 - By Holly Ingham (10)

On the first week of term two, Holy Family School hosted a creativity conference.

Sixty-seven presenters came over five days to share a range of creative activities with the students.

Activities of the presenters were a wide variety to interest all the students and encourage them to try new things, activities ranged from building to baking, architecture to acting and dragons to dance.

Each student selected three sessions a day based on their unique interests and desires, with a total of fifteen for the whole week.

The creativity conference was open to anyone to achieve variety in the sessions. The goal of this conference was to inspire the students to be creative and try new things.

Students said it was “fantastic” and they are eagerly awaiting Creativity Conference 2019!

Pictured: Isla Ingham, Amber Littlejohn, Alana Lake, Madi Lovelock and Nieve McCrae learning salsa.


New Football Talent Centre For Wanaka Kids

  - By Sebbie Hailey (10)

The Wanaka Football Academy which had operated for several years has closed down.

For those football-mad children from Wanaka wanting football training in addition to the Wednesday after school session, there is now the Football Talent Centre (FTC).

The FTC held its first session on Monday the 7th of May, at about 3:45pm at Kelly’s Flat.

This is what attendee, 10-year-old George Holland from Holy Family School, had to say about FTC: “I enjoyed every bit of it, the little matches, the drills and trying to get past a defender, also the coaches were really nice,” said George.

“The idea of FTC was great, especially considering that Academy had just closed down. I thought that it was more serious than Academy. It was really cool and enjoyable for kids that play football like me.”

It seems as though George really enjoyed the first session at the new football after school activity. So it's a great idea to send your children here if they like football.

Those interested should contact Wanaka Association Football Club.


3D art for kids

  - By Kiana Babbington (11)

Pictured: Local artist Kym Beaton. Photo: Kiana Babbington

In our school, Holy Family School Wanaka,  we have just finished our Creativity Conference For Kids (CCK).

We got to experience and take part many fantastic activities, but the one I found most enjoyable was shade your art 3D.

The person who taught us this was Mrs. Beaton who is a professional artist with oil pastels. She uses different shades of dark and light pastels that make the art look 3D because of the background shadow.

We all got a turn at trying to shade a circle to make it look like a sphere (3D). In order to make it 3D you need to make a shadow which can be any colour depending on the colour of your art.

Kym Beaton says: “Everyone has the ability to be an artist”

The Creativity Conference idea came from Vice Principal: Angela Scoullar and Teachers: Janis Sandri, Kirsten Scott and Rose De Lange.


Holy Family School’s Creativity Conference - From a Student’s Point of View

  - By Olivia Huddleston (10) 

Photo: Fenella Craig

Starting on the 30th April for the whole week, our school (Holy Family Catholic School), gave its students an amazing opportunity to visit three workshops a day. Designed to make us think outside the box and spark our imagination, these workshops were loved by everyone.

Student Carly Drabble (10) says, “I liked how there were different activities and they weren't always the same ones every single day, I found it very awesome that we got stuff to bring home and we learned loads.”

We could attend 15 workshops over the week, among the large group of presenters were Olympic bronze medalist Nico Porteous, Queenstown author Jane Bloomfield, graphic designers, an artist, local builders and many others. The event was organised by teachers Janis Sandri and Angela Scoullar.

When asked about the organisation of the event, Mrs Sandri commented saying “The organisation for the Creativity Conference was quite demanding, especially making sure that all students were able to choose 15 different sessions, as well as having 67 different presenters to organise. It was totally worth the work to see children buzzing about the sessions they attended, and all the new things they learnt about being creative in their daily lives”.

There were junior workshops (year 1-3) which were described in a much easier format, senior ones  (year 4 - 8) which used much more complicated words, as well as many for all ages.

These activities got us doing things and using the school values of respect, excellence, faith and care.

RELATED: Student journalists impress Posted: Thursday 17 May, 2018 


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