Eastern Courier : May 11th 2011
www.easterncourier.co.nz Wednesday, May 11, 2011 More & more people are turning to our online editions everyday! Packed with extra features like video, audio, weblinks, galleries, your news and competitions, they're the ultimate multimedia experience. REE Just click on "Latest Edition" at News that you can Read, Hear & Watch! www.easterncourier.co.nz Get more online Unease with college By KRISTINA RAPLEY CONCERNS are growing about a college opening in Bucklands Beach next year. Thurston Place College will replace Waimokoia Residen- tial School that closed at the end of 2009 after a long his- tory of governance and man- agement difficulties. Waimokoia catered for pri- mary aged children with behavioural issues. The new college will also be a special purpose school. The students will be under Child Youth and Family care and are more likely to have their individual education needs met in a specialist environment, Education Min- istry northern regional man- ager Bruce Adin says. The school is being structured to provide high quality integrated care and education assessment to ensure each student gets the right education to lead suc- cessful lives. The ministry intends this to be a new model of provision that will support effective management, teaching and learning, pastoral care and cultural leadership.'' The college will cater for students in years 7 to 13 from 8.30am to 3.30pm, Monday to Friday. Pigeon Mountain Primary School backs onto the Thurston Place property and principal Ginty Bigwood says he and his board are keen to find out more about the dev- elopments. Mr Bigwood and principals of nearby Macleans College and Bucklands Beach Inter- mediate will have a meeting with the Education Ministry to discuss matters on Friday. We have concerns about the health and safety of our students -- that's paramount,'' he says. We hope it won't have a detrimental effect on our school.'' Tracey Holiday has lived in Thurston Place for eight years and is also worried about what's happening with the land. We would like to be kept in the loop,'' she says. If it's going to be a school for students with behavioural issues we'd like to be assured that there won't be any problems.'' Mrs Holiday and other residents spoken to by the Eastern Courier say they had no problems with the former Waimokoia Residential School. Breathless views await breathless firemen Tower of terror: Stefan Talaic, left, and Simon Woodward are training for the Firefighter Sky Tower Challenge. Photo: FIONA GOODALL By KRISTINA RAPLEY CONTINUED Page 3 It's not for the faint-hearted that's for sure. Howick-based Simon Woodward and Stefan Talaic are training for the gruelling Firefighter Sky Tower Chal- lenge later this month. They will race up 51 flights wearing a full firefighting kit and breathing apparatus weighing 25kg. This will be Simon Woodward's third year com- peting and he's set his sights high. I want to finish in the top three,'' he says. Last year I came in sixth at 10 minutes 50 seconds, so I'm definitely hoping to improve.'' This is 29-year-old Stefan's first time and he's just happy to be competing. I just want to finish with a respectable time, I'll never hear the end of it if I don't,'' he says. For two months they have been doing extra training on their days off from the Howick station on top of their normal gym time for work. Simon says no amount of training can prepare you for how hard it is on the day. It's very easy to blow out and stuff up,'' he says. Because we're not allowed to train at the Sky Tower there's really no way to fully prepare yourself for it,'' Simon says.
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