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NAPIER MAIL, DECEMBER 14, 2011
What a year!
2011 promised to be another full year but
one to be approach with enthusiasm and a
great group of very positve children. Our
Year 5 camps out at Aropauanui were again a
highlight for the children and extremely well
supported by our parents. Cook outs, rock
pooling, eeling, river studies and tentng are
just some of the fun actvites the children
enjoy. Whilst these camps were taking place
the Year 6 children are involved at Pandora
Pond in their Optmist yachtng programme.
The winds were gentle but in fact enable the
children to gain confdence and skills so as to
really enjoy themselves.
The school swimming pool, which is huge
asset to our school, was made full use of
as summer kept on gracing us with lovely
weather. The introducton of the Kiwi Swim
Safe programme was a great incentve for the
children and saw them respond accordingly.
Mr Hemi did a wonderful job as our actng
Principal for term 2. Mr Fitzsimons was
away for a principals sabbatcal for this
term exploring how the UK Healthy Schools
programme aligns with our Pastoral Care
The Year 6 camps at Camp Kaitawa ,
Waikaremoana in June were a real highlight
for these children. Despite it being mid-winter
the weather was kind and all the planned
actvites were able to be completed. They
explored waterfalls, the bush, the caves, the
redoubt, the power scheme and climbed to
lookouts and Mt Ngamoko. They accepted the
challenges of the camp and came back tred
but flled with pride.
We held our regular 3 Way Conferences
for the children to share their learning
achievement with their parents. A wonderful
response from the parents ensured the
strong partnership we have with them for the
childrens learning was again reinforced.
The term began with the Tamatea KapaHaka
festval. All the training and practce, that
began last term, paid dividends with both our
junior and senior groups enjoying themselves
and performing creditably.
Spooner Shield was yet again a highlight for
Porrit School. Our rugby team went through
the tournament without losing a game. Their
name will again be engraved on the trophy.
With new sports uniforms being worn the
Porrit teams were immaculately turned out
and played with PRIDE. We were extremely
proud of our children.
During the term we have had 13 teams
partcipatng in afer school weekly soccer,
hockey, basketball and rugby. This is a huge
commitment for many children are playing
more than one afernoon a week. The
teachers also have given signifcant tme
to the children along with our supportng
parents. We have children who are very
enthusiastc regards their sport and encourage
them to get involved and be actve.
The focus for this shortened term has largely
been assessment and celebraton of learning
achievement. We are extremely proud of
progress the children have made which
refects quality teaching and applicaton from
We were also the recipient of 10 HP
computers courtesy of a prize from the 20/20
Trust. These along with another 3 interactve
projectors installed in classrooms is giving our
children even greater access to ICT resources.
ICT has contnued to be a major focus for
Porrit School in 2011 and will be for the next
year as well as we contnue on in a Ministry
of Educaton contract developing teacher
confdence and increasing partcipaton and
competency in the children. We have seen
teachers and children grow in confdence as
we incorporate more and more ICT into our
learning and teaching. The creatve usage of ICT
by the children is very much more evident and is
adding a richness to the work they produce.
Finally a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us at Porritt School.
We held our annual Book Fair and devoted an
evening to our Big Book Brain Oﬀ quiz night
which was lots of fun or everyone.
To end the term our hall was decorated
with magnifcent art work to share with our
community. Computer art, constructon and
a variety of media used for art mounted and
displayed showed an extensive exploraton of art.
Contact buys power plant
Contact Energy has agreed to buy
the 150 megawatt, diesel-fired
Whirinaki plant power station for
According to past records, the
plant cost about $150m.
Although the plant is big enough
to power a city about the size of Tau-
ranga, it has long been seen as a
white elephant, built in the wrong
place with the wrong fuel source,
experts have said in the past.
The emergency backup power
plant was offered for sale in a closed
tender process run by the Ministry of
Contact Energy will also acquire
around four million litres of diesel
stored on site, and they expect to
take ownership of the plant and
diesel at the end of this month.
The plant is a welcome addition
to our portfolio, providing enhanced
flexibility and fuel security to our
existing generation capacity, said
Contact chief executive Dennis
He said Contact had the option of
moving the plant in the future and
refuelling it on natural gas, if market
conditions and gas prices make such
a move desirable.
In the past, Contact had suggested
it could cost about $30m to move.
Contact Energy developed the
Whirinaki plant and ran it for the
Government before agreeing to buy
it. The plant runs only when elec-
tricity prices are high, reducing New
Zealand s exposure to dry weather
draining hydro lakes. It has operated
less than four per cent of the time
since being built.
The country pays about $25m a
year for Whirinaki, used or not, not
including running costs. Fairfax NZ
Striding out: New Zealand CH miniature pinscher Melka Let's Raise Some Hell -- Nitro to his friends --
steps up to the mark at the East Coast Ladies' Kennel Association show, held at the HB Equestrian Park
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