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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday May 14 2015
6 — Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, May 14, 2015 www.times.co.nz t 271 0008 a Unit 2A, 302 Te Irirangi Drive Flat Bush, Auckland w botanysouthdental.co.nz 127124-v2 BotanySouth Dental KC10848 DO YOU WANT TO LEARN HOW TO TEACH ESOL? 09 278 9099 www.englishlanguage.org.nz Become a volunteer tutor and help refugees and new migrant adults to learn the English necessary to live independently and participate in New Zealand society. We offer an NZQA-approved course to train volunteers who can work with a learner once a week for an hour or two. A fantastic opportunity to learn new skills and meet interesting people from other parts of the world. This course is a great pre-requisite to further ESOL training. The training programme starts on Friday, 29 May 2015. Volunteers will be interviewed prior to training. Please contact us for an interview time. Course Details: Every Friday for 6 weeks on the following dates May29,June5,12,19,26&July3 Time: 9:30am to 2:00pm Held at: Eastview Baptist Church 559 Chapel Road Botany Downs CP0287 THE first of the annual community plantings at Mangemangeroa Reserve Howick is coming up on May 23. The Friends of Mangemangeroa (FOM) first planted native trees on the farm land in Somerville Road 12 years ago. Since then more than 86,000 eco-sourced trees have been added to the reserve’s forest, aided by many individuals and community groups. The first planting morning for 2015 is on May 23 led by members of the Forest & Bird Society with FOM members. It will include planting pioneer species in some formerly unplanted areas and infill planting with high canopy trees such as puriri, kahikatea and kowhai. Participants should meet at the barn entry car park in Somerville Road at 9am ready to walk to the planting areas. Bring a small spade or shovel (some tree planting spades are available), water, protective clothing and stout footwear. Also bring friends and family members to share the enjoyment. For more information contact Graham Falla on 276-3092 or Deborah Grant on 535-7072, or send an email to Deborah Grant on firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers at last year’s annual planting, discovering the Mangemangeroa Bush Restoration experience. Photo supplied community planting Restoring precious bush plan restarts Individuals and community groups are invited to plant trees at a popular reserve Schools go head to head in national build challenge Local secondary school steps up for four month Build-Ability competition TwEnTy eight secondary schools from across the country, including Howick College – Trades Academy, have stood up to compete in the BCITO’s annual Build-Ability Challenge, giving students the opportunity to develop new skills and experience in the building sector. The challenge kicked off this week and is a key part of BCITO’s strategy to promote building and construction careers to secondary school students. The winning team will take home $1000 for their school technology department. BCITO chief executive Ruma Karaitiana says the challenge is a partnership with schools to actively encourage young people to consider a career in the building and construction industry. “ we have a persistent shortage of young people considering education in a whole range of areas within the construction sector. “ The building and construction industry is still going through a period of rapid growth and demand,” he says. “ The Build-Ability Challenge helps raise awareness of the incredible opportunities available in the industry. School leavers starting an apprenticeship can be confident they won’t struggle to get established in the industry – the opportunities for them are endless.” Each school competing in the challenge will have a team of up to five students, who are tasked with building, painting and decorating a playhouse to defined specifications. The playhouses must have a distinctive theme, be safe, fit-for-purpose, and showcase the construction skills of the team. The playhouses will be gifted to a local community group after the challenge. Each team will be mentored by their technology teacher and supported by a BCITO Skills Broker. Each team will blog about their progress over the four months of the challenge, and the ‘People’s Choice’ winner will be selected by the public via buildability.co.nz. 18-year-old Callum Dicksbourne from Feilding High School was on the Supreme Award-winning team for the Build-Ability Challenge last year, and has now moved into an apprenticeship with BCITO. He says creativity made their team stand out from others in the competition. “we stepped outside of the box. while lots of teams went with a standard style of sandpit, we made a replica of a 1964 Mustang with rolling wheels and everything, all out of wood!” he says. “I knew that I wanted to move into an apprenticeship after school, and the challenge helped me a lot. I picked up a lot of new skills and I got my name out there, which is invaluable.” Judges will be looking for creativity this year, following the new partnerships with Master Painters and Dulux. Out of the 14 trades that BCITO offers, painting and decorating holds the second largest intake of apprentices.
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