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Reflection One: Written by Kate A. Rm. 8
The gun whistles through the air. Starting with the 2km run it was a fast start, fresh legs running. It wasn’t until the 9km bike ride that everyone started to slow down. Hitting a wall of wind we struggled and pushed hard through the head wind and took our well-earned breaks during the tailwind.
Relieved and tired we frantically hopped off our bikes and started our 1km run. A slow last run feeling like we were running on water. Sprinting the last straight and finishing was the best part. With our hot chocolate and woolly jackets we hopped in the car, tired yet satisfied. The day was a huge success!
Thank you to all the parents that helped out with transport, marshalling and getting your child organised. Congratulations to all the competitors and a special congrats to Rosa Rm. 4 who got first in her age group.
Heaton was lucky enough to have Seb Rouse come speak to them about his experiences as a youth ambassador for World Vision. Our student leaders got to see and hear of his experiences in Malawi, his high school and with World Vision. Seb is a former Heaton student and it was very inspiring for our current Heaton students to see someone, a bit like themselves, making a positive difference for others in the world.
On Saturday 9th May World Fair Trade Day 2015 was being celebrated at Trade Aid Merivale. Since Heaton became a Fairtrade School in 2010 we have put on exhibitions of Art inspired by Fair Trade on a regular basis. This year is the third year we have exhibited at The Trade Aid Shop. A small group of students sang the Ghanaian song, Sansa Kroma, and they taught customers in the shop to sing along. Other students chatted to people who came to look at the art work and handed out ‘Happy World Fair Trade Day’ cards that had been made at school.
Another win for Heaton in the Inter-schools Chess Tournament on Wednesday 5 May. The winning team consisted of Leon (Rm 6), Jess (Rm 10), Oliver (Rm 6) and Finley (Rm 18). Special congratulations to Leon for being awarded the Silver medal and Jess the Bronze. Well done to Finley (Rm 10), Peter (Rm 15) and Ethan (Rm17) for their contributions in the Tournament.
Year 7 students performed lively and wonderfully entertaining dances in their class groups to well known medleys last evening. The very popular evening was captivating and thoroughly enjoyed by all parents and families.
Some students had the idea of collecting money for Nepal from the parents who attended. Almost $1000 was raised, an outstanding effort.
Our school ANZAC Assembly was held in honour of the New Zealanders who served courageously In World War 1 and who helped us to have freedom of choice in our lives. Our Student Heads of School presented their insights about the ANZACs’ contribution to WW1. Mr Peter Dawson, President of Christchurch RSA, spoke to the students and Mr Mark Hodgkinson played The Last Post.
A Field of Remembrance has been set up along our entrance driveway to honour those in our Canterbury community who served and died in World War 1.