Waiheke Marketplace : November 17th 2010
7 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, NOVEMBER 17, 2010 NEWS Report praises primary school Respectful and articulate: Students at Te Huruhi School. By GILL ALCOCK The report might not be typed yet but the verbal feedback from the Education Review Office paints a glowing pic- ture of Te Huruhi Primary School, from its very confi- dent and engaged students'', to its fantastic artwork in the classrooms''. The three-yearly review from November 8 to 10 included Ann Marie Noble and Darren Nathan visiting every class, examining the teachers' planning and assessments, and checking the students' work. They met with students, teachers, parents, whanau, representatives of the Parent and Friends Association and the board of trustees, before giving a verbal report of their initial findings and obser- vations, principal Ian Travers says. In the hour-and-a-half meeting, Dr Noble and Mr Nathan told the board of trustees and school manage- ment Te Huruhi was a safe, inclusive school with cohesive values that are integrated throughout''. They went on to say the school's students were respectful and articulate'' able to listen and debate''. The teachers' assessment and reporting processes were said to be second to none'' with all children tracked and monitored and parents kept well informed''. Other positives included curriculum design and review which were said to be very personalised to the school and very thorough and mean- ingful''. The pair concluded Te Huruhi was a well-led school with effective and modern teaching practices''. In a parent newsletter Mr Travers said: Needless to say the board and senior management staff were extremely pleased that the commitment and hard work of our students, teachers and support staff was recognised and acknowledged in such a meaningful way. While enjoying the success of this review we also acknowledge there is always room for development and we remain committed to ongoing improvement through our process of continuous review and involvement with our students and community.'' Vineyards grow their award-winning reputation Growing reputation: Waiheke vineyards. By GILL ALCOCK Six vineyards have won 11 of the 19 medals awarded to wines in the Auckland area at the Air New Zealand wine awards. Ten of the Waiheke- winning wines were created from locally grown grapes. Four of the medals awarded were for cabernet sauvignon blends. Miro Vineyard in the Onetangi valley was the highest achiever with a sil- ver medal for its Miro caber- net merlot franc malbec 2008. Mudbrick Vineyard was close behind with two bronze medals -- one for its Mudb- rick Reserve merlot cabernet sauvignon 2008 and another for its 2009 vintage. Obsidian's Weeping Sands Waiheke Island cabernet sauvignon merlot 2008 was the other bronze medal win- ner. Cable Bay Vineyards con- tinued its winning streak with a bronze medal for its reserve chardonnay 2009. It also strengthened the reputation of the island's ability to produce great syrah by taking two bronze medals -- one for its reserve syrah 2009 and one for its syrah 2009. Mudbrick backed this up with a bronze for its Shepherd's Point syrah 2009. Boutique vineyard Owha- nake Bay -- Garden 8 at this year's SeaLink Jassy Dean Trust garden safari -- beat many of the bigger guns to take a bronze for its Owhanake Bay Estate anchorage syrah 2009. In the emerging wine styles category, Obsidian's Weeping Sands Waiheke Island montepulciano 2009 took a bronze, repeating its success of previous years. The Goldie Room's Gold- water Wairau Valley savignon blanc 2010 won a pure silver medal using sustainably grown grapes from the Marlborough region and production techniques. The Air New Zealand Wine Awards are organised and owned by New Zealand Winegrowers. It is regarded as the country's most prestigious wine competition. This year the 1579 wines entered from 10 key wine growing regions were judged over three days at Mount Smart Stadium. There were 107 gold medals, 197 silver medals and 384 bronze medals awarded. The gala dinner where the elite gold medal winners will be announced takes place on November 20 at Auckland's SkyCity. New Zealand Wine- growers global marketing director Chris Yorke says: The Air NZ Wine Awards medal sticker is a well- established sign of quality and guides wine buying decisions in New Zealand and overseas. When people see the gold medal sticker, they know they're buying an outstand- ing wine.'' Artists' memories form exhibition Steven's island of the real: Gifted painter Steven Clark in his home studio on Burrell Rd. By LYNDAL JEFFERIES Steven Clark can't read or write but he has a photo- graphic memory which defies explanation. In an exhibition at the Wai- heke Community Art Gallery he is exhibiting a new suite of paintings titled Island of Real which recalls in infinite detail images he has seen. Steven has exceptional eye- sight which allows him to see tiny detail in everything. I can see planes taking off at Auckland airport,'' the Burrell Rd resident says. His sensitive hearing as a result of his autism allows him to hear conversations taking place up the street'' and the noise of crowds, mowers and chainsaws is overwhelming. Sometimes things he has seen six months ago pop into his head and he is able to paint them in perfect detail, each painting taking about six weeks. Steven has lived with his grandmother since he was a toddler. When he was 16 he saw an image on the back of my Reader's Digest and said: I can paint that', so I went to Whitcoulls and bought some paints and card for him,'' Gwen Clark, 87, says. Since then Steven says he's painted about 7000 paintings on a variety of subject matters. He also does intricate pointillist drawings of trees, houses and boats and pho- torealist drawings of birds. Steven has also been a champion swimmer, winning a gold medal at the 1988 Special Olympics in Sydney. He says: Grandma and I lead a quiet, simple life. I look after her and she looks after me.'' A champion of traditional values, he says: I'm old fashioned.'' He isn't into technology and doesn't have a computer or watch TV. He likes things nice and quiet and found his last exhi- bition opening too noisy for me and grandma''. Island of Real opens this Friday at 6pm. Steven also has an open studio at 35 Burrell Rd -- call 372-3584 to make an appointment. Success stories in sustainability Sustainability advocate Jerome Partington will play host at an event about suc- cess stories in sustainable practice which is taking place in Viaduct Harbour on November 29. Co-Create the Future will feature nine leaders from business and local govern- ment presenting success stories about integrating sustainable practice into the heart of what they do. It is being organised by The Natural Step NZ, a non- profit, professional body com- mitted to education, advisory work and research in sustainable practice which has been operating in New Zealand since 1997. This event will seriously challenge your way of think- ing,'' The Natural Step New Zealand chief executive Simon Harvey says. It's all about people work- ing together to create a pros- perous future. Better for the planet, better for people and with better, more legitimate profits for business.'' Since 1989 the organis- ation has been working inter- nationally with thousands of corporations such as Nike, Electrolux and Walmart, municipalities, academic institutions and non-profit organisations. These have all proven that moving strategically toward sustainability leads to new opportunities, reduced costs, and dramatically reduced ecological and social impacts, Mr Harvey says. The event takes place from 2pm at the Floating Pavilion in the Viaduct Harbour. For more information call Mr Harvey on 021-808-300 or register at http://co-creating- the-future.eventbrite.com/.
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