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Quality pre-school education in the centre of the city: Cathedral Grammar School


The Cathedral Grammar Pre-School is a small family-orientated community-based education centre for boys and girls, located in the grounds of The Cathedral Grammar School’s central city campus.

 

 

Director Lyndell Turner leads a team of caring early childhood staff who possess a deep understanding of how young children learn.

“Each teacher is responsive to individual interests, strengths and abilities.

They listen closely to children, support them to develop a wide set of skills and share their ideas,” Lyndell says.

“Our pre-school philosophy values play as an instrument in stimulating and shaping child development and early learning. Through planned and spontaneous play experiences, children form relationships, share, cooperate, develop self-control, test ideas and friendships, extend their range of experience and form associations among things, events and concepts.

“Our programme has developed a balance between child-centred and adult-led play, together with a sense of structure. We also value extended blocks of time for children to make discoveries, to elaborate on projects and to evolve a script in symbolic play.”

The pre-school children are fortunate to be located on the grounds of The Cathedral Grammar School.

This means access to numerous activities and resources such as specialist art, music, yoga, library and physical education teachers which add value to an already strong and varied programme, as well as access to the school vans to go off-site for weekly gymnastics lessons.

At Cathedral Grammar, they recognise it is a great privilege to partner with families in supporting the educational journey of their children.

Learning is designed as a continuous pathway.

This means whole school alignment of curriculum and pedagogy, and a shared responsibility of student learning realised through a strong and cohesive team approach.

Their Pathways to School programme has been specifically designed to ensure that your pre-school child has the best possible start to school and introduces your child to the foundations of numeracy and literacy through a balance of structured play based interactions, whilst building relationships and connections with junior school staff and children in familiar environments.

The pre-school can currently offer places to prospective enrolments. For more information and centre tours, please contact their Registrar, Nicky Oram on 03 365 0385 or email enquiries to oramn@cathedralgrammar.school.nz.


 

Trek in a Trillian


Trillian Trek has been fundraising for New Zealand children for more than a quarter of a century and raised more than $11 million.

 

Known for 26 years as Variety Bash, the charity raises money for disadvantaged children to provide them with the means to secure a better life – be it liberty swings, bikes, mobility projects, insulin pumps, or mentors to encourage them in their life goals.

This year marks Trillian Trek’s 30th anniversary.

The fun begins with its annual non-competitive car rally beginning 15 March at Timaru and continuing on to Dunedin, Invercargill, Wanaka, Hokitika, Picton, Wanganui, ending 21 March at Waireka Resort.

Throughout the journey, Kiwi kids get to meet the trekkers and get up to all kinds of fun, games and madcap mayhem.

In 2017, some Canterbury trekkers formed a team (currently the only Trillian Trek in the South Island) and got their own fire truck, Wai Wakanui, which roughly translates into the ‘Big Water Truck’.

Wai Wakanui will be joined in the 2020 rally by Te Waka Haumi, a stretch Cadillac.

The Canterbury trekkers have been thrilled with the support received from huge-hearted local businesses.

Christchurch policeman, Dougall Struthers, first became involved with Trillian Trek in 2000. “It was sold to me as a week-long party – I lasted three days!”

Dougall said of his first rally that although he returned home feeling exhausted, he also knew that he had found something he wanted to do.

“Sure, we’d have great fun along the way at night functions, but it was the special moments during school visits when you experience the smile from a kid struggling with life, knowing that you’ve helped them, that pulls you back.”

They are kids like Mark Wilson, now 25-years-old, who was born with cerebral palsy and whose parents were told he would never walk or talk.

At 13 months, Mark began an intense therapy programme and, by six years of age, was walking and talking.

It was a Trillian Trek scholarship that saw Mark not only representing New Zealand in the Paralympics Development Squad in athletics and table tennis, but also receiving a mentor who provided ongoing support and encouragement.

“The Trillian Trek family passed no judgement and encouraged me to be myself. I gained more confidence, helping me to overcome the bullying I was experiencing at school.”

Mark graduated from Waikato University with a degree in business management in 2017 and now works for a leading finance company. He loves being an ambassador for Trillian Trek and will be taking part in this year’s rally – his tenth – with his own team and fire truck.

Trillion Trek Event Director, Murray O’Donnell, says the strong partnerships forged with sponsors, such as the New Zealand Air Force, AA, and Bluebridge Ferries, to name but a few, is what keeps Trillian Trek trekking.

Alongside these altruistic sponsors are the amazing 134 volunteers, like Dougall and Mark, who donate one week of their lives every year to help bring joy and hope to our kids.


 

Winter in Ōtautahi

Spoilt for choice: Winter events to see you through to August

Winter in Ōtautahi has never looked so exciting, or enticing, as our city plays host to a myriad of events from art and theatre, to wine and babies. Talk about spoilt for choice!

Winter in Ōtautahi

A PICASSO
8 – 9 June
NO Productions Theatre presents Jeffrey Hatcher’s fast-paced psychological thriller at the Christchurch Art Gallery. Described in one review as: “Sex, Art, Nazis and a classy 20th century icon, all wrapped up like a tasty cultural burrito”.
noproductionstheatre.com/what-s-on

SAVE GOVERNORS BAY JETTY – ART AUCTION
9 June
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own an historic piece of jetty art. 18 well-known artists, from Lyttelton to Mount Herbert, have created unique artworks depicting their reflections on Governors Bay Jetty. Auction begins at 3pm at the Governors Bay Hotel.
www.savethejetty.org/create-to-construct

BABY EXPO
9 – 10 June
A huge range of products and services on show, plus seminars, demos and workshops. Everything you need to know from Bump to Birth and Beyond! Head to the Pioneer Leisure Centre.
www.babyexpos.co.nz

SWINGERS
12 July – 21 July
Written by renowned NZ playwright, April Phillips, Swingers is a riotous new comedy about men married to the golf course and their long-suffering wives who’ve had enough. Teeing off at The Performing Arts Centre, Heaton Normal Intermediate School.
www.casanova.co.nz

NEGOCIANTS FINE WINE TOUR 2018
26 July
A selection of award winning wines from New Zealand and Australia. The event also introduces some of the people that craft and stand behind these distinctive, fabulous wines. Quaffing commences 6pm at Hagley Oval.
www.negociantsfinewinetour.com

How to DAD

How to DAD: Q&A with funny father and internet sensation Jordan Watson

He’s the classic Kiwi bloke, in stubbies and gumboots. It’s pretty safe to say, a fairly unlikely candidate for teaching an entire generation of men how to parent, right?

How to DAD

Yet Jordan Watson has turned his 15 minutes of good natured internet infamy into a full time job doing just that – teaching men How to Dad.

Left briefly to his own devices with his newborn baby in 2015, Jordan made an instructional video, How to hold a baby, for a colleague with a baby on the way, posted the video on his mate’s Facebook page and went to bed.
Ten hours later, the video had hit 250,000 views and the rest, as they say, is history.

How much of a shock has this journey been for you?

It was pretty crazy to begin with – one video, just for fun, went WORLDWIDE! I grasped that opportunity with both hands and worked bloody hard on creating; filming new ideas to keep it all chugging along. Didn’t want to be a one hit wonder so any success now is well earnt. We still get the most random, awesome opportunities all the time and still can’t believe this is now my full time job.

Why do you think people have connected so strongly with what you do?

I don’t think there was anything other than having a bit of a laugh with this whole parenting thing from a dad’s perspective. I think that was the unplanned point of difference. Oh, and my legs in those stubbies of course.

What would your biggest piece of parenting advice be?

Relax! Stop googling everything, go with your gut. She’ll be right.

How much has your life changed since all of this started?

Well, I had a full time job and didn’t see my kids as much as I wanted to and now, for the past year, I have been working from home full time doing all this How to Dad stuff, so get to hang out with them way more – that’s bloody awesome.

What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done in a video to date?

Bungy jumped to ‘launch’ my book / wore my stubbies and bush shirt down a red carpet movie premiere in New York in -6 degrees!

What’s the scariest thing about parenting?

When you get baby poop on your finger.

How does a day in the life of Jordan Watson look these days?

Wake up, get big kid ready for school, feed other kid, help wife. Check emails, work on ideas, meetings, play with kids, film something, edit something, play with kids, pick up big kid from school, emails, bit more editing, hang with kids, dinner, kids showers and bed, chill for a bit, back to emails, client stuff, editing – chill with wifey, sleep.
But to be honest, there is no normal day in the life. Every day is different and that keeps it all exciting. We have a family trip to Queenstown in four days’ time to film a video for a company. Ok, cool!

You’re heading to Christchurch soon for an event, what are you looking forward to about heading down our way?

I’m looking forward to summer like temperatures of at least 28 degrees….. Yeah?

What has the next 12 months got in store for you?

A lot of the same, a lot of new, and a lot of secret stuff I can’t tell you or I’d have to throw a gumboot at ya.

Vaccines

Small ouch, big lifesaver: the influenza vaccine

Vaccines may not be a lot of fun for anybody, but they’re one of the most effective tools we have for saving children’s lives. Yes, that small ‘ouch’ can be a big life saver. As the days get shorter and the weather gets cooler, annual flu vaccinations are on everyone’s lips.

Vaccines

Recent research shows about one in four New Zealanders become infected with influenza each winter, but many don’t develop symptoms and may in fact be unaware they’re sick. Tens of thousands seek medical advice for flu-like symptoms every year and, on average, about 400 die from influenza, or its complications, annually.
Health Minister Dr David Clark recently rolled up a sleeve for his annual influenza vaccination and says the goal for 2018 is to break last year’s record, which saw more than 1.2 million New Zealanders getting vaccinated.
“Our influenza season normally begins from June, so getting vaccinated by mid-May is the best way to be protected for winter,” he says.
“If you’re vaccinated, you’re less likely to catch influenza, less likely to pass it on to others, and less likely to be severely ill if you do catch it.”
This year’s funded vaccine will protect against four strains of influenza for the first time, including the A(H3N2) strain that badly affected people in the Northern Hemisphere during their winter.
Health Intelligence Group, ESR Public Health Physician Dr Sarah Jefferies says one of the challenges with influenza is that there is evidence that infection does not always cause symptoms. “Research shows about one in four people may be infected with influenza during a moderate flu season, and the majority of those people may not know they have flu,” she says.
“This is one reason why immunisation is a key line of defence.”
The health burden of seasonal influenza in New Zealand varies from year to year and across the world, significant time and resource goes into increasing the effectiveness of these vaccinations, according to the Director of the Immunisation Advisory Centre at the University of Auckland, Associate Professor Nikki Turner.
“Vaccine effectiveness is difficult to accurately predict season-to-season and person-to-person,” Associate Professor Turner says.
“We know overall that when the vaccine types more closely match the circulating strains the vaccine is likely to be more effective. Each year, for the northern and southern hemisphere, there are meetings to decide what is the best prediction for circulating strains and therefore what is the best choice for the seasonal vaccine.
“The vaccines arriving in New Zealand for our winter season have a new updated AH3N2 strain in them, which is a better match and we hope that will give better effectiveness. The government-subsidised vaccines for this season also are quadrivalent (two A strains and two B strains), which should give better protection than the traditional trivalent that have only one B strain in them.”
In New Zealand, those at high risk of getting influenza, including those aged 65 and older, pregnant women, and people with chronic or serious health conditions, such as heart disease, cancer or severe asthma, can get their flu shot for free. It is available from general practices and many community pharmacies.

Ruby Six

A beautifully curated collection: Ruby Six is Amberley’s gem of a store

There’s a new catch phrase that has made it into the local lexicon – lifestyle store – and that’s exactly where Ruby Six owner, Jenni Dobbie, believes the beautiful Amberley store sits. “I feel the term ‘lifestyle store’ captures our ethos at Ruby Six,” she says.

Ruby Six

The carefully curated product ranges include stylish, quality fashion and accessories, beautiful prints, handcrafted ceramics, stunning jewellery and creative gifts for children. Ruby Six is brimming with items you won’t find elsewhere. “We enjoy showcasing NZ made products and proudly support NZ designers.”
This gem of a shop has fine hand-crafted ceramics by Nelson potter Melanie Drewery, funky clay Mayd earrings handmade in Christchurch, and simply cool accessories by Auckland label S O P H I E, along with many other brands that we already know and love.
Ruby Six offers an experience in its own right, tantalising the senses with beautiful aromas and stunning treasures. “Customers are always excited to discover us out here in Amberley.”
Located at 6 Markham Street Amberley, only 40 minutes north of Christchurch, Ruby Six offers a fun, relaxed shopping experience and has become a destination store for travellers and day trippers.

Metropol Editor Melinda Collins

Editor’s Perspective: on getting teary-eyed at the M Factor Events for Ronald McDonald fashion show

Tears may not be what you’d expect from one of the city’s most covetable fashion shows. But when the benefactor of the event is a worthy charitable cause such as Ronald McDonald House South Island, which has supported the likes of Paula and Alex Moore, it’s not surprising there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

Metropol Editor Melinda Collins
Metropol Editor Melinda Collins

When their daughter Grace was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, the Moore family – including Grace’s twin sister Sophie and younger brother Beau – spent 133 nights at Ronald McDonald House.
The annual M Factor Fashion Show is one of the organisation’s primary fundraising drives each year, which enables it to continue the tireless crusade to support families when they need it the most. More than $65,000 was raised for the charity on the night at this year’s event.
It’s an event that organiser Maree Lucas from M Factor Events puts heart and soul into. She was joined on stage for the opening address by her twin nieces. Born prematurely, one with a hole in her heart, they spent time at Starship and her family stayed at Ronald McDonald House to be close to them while they underwent treatment.
It was a special night for a special cause and Metropol would like to personally thank all of the incredible people that supported this event in some way, shape or form.
We look at the charity’s next major fundraiser on page 10. Enjoy.

Christchurch Activities

What’s on: keeping the kids entertained

With little minds to inspire and little legs to tire out, the role of a parent can be beautifully relentless. We might not offer a babysitting service here at Metropol, but we do love to brainstorm on your behalf.

Here are some of the fun things our city and surrounding areas are throwing up in the coming weeks, so you can let your inner big kid run wild and take your kids on the ride with you.

Christchurch Activities

31 MARCH:
BUBBLE DAY AT THE SEASIDE

Love bubbles? Hop to it down to Brighton. This Easter Sunday, 100 free bubble mix and wand sets are up for grabs. The Christchurch Faerie Circle and The Christchurch Circus Centre will delight the senses of little ones, along with the weekly Seaside Market’s delicious range of stalls. Kids can get their adrenalin hit with the bouncy castle and express themselves with free face painting.

14-15 APRIL :
STEAM EXTRAVAGANZA

It’s time to let off some steam! The Annual Steam Extravaganza – the biggest in New Zealand – is coming to town. Make your way to McLean’s Island during the first week of the school holidays and step back in time. More than 25 traction engines from around the country will be on site, along with sheep shearing, oat threshing, stone crushing and working horses. $15 entry, under 15 – free. The price includes a ride.

28 APRIL:
HORORATA NIGHT GLOW

Up, up and away in some very beautiful balloons! The only event of its kind in the South Island, balloonists from all over New Zealand will feature at Hororata Night Glow. Hot air balloons will decorate the night sky, glowing in unison to music.
Sweet sounds at this autumn festival will come from Holly Kimber, Volts and The Easy Hearts. Enjoy culinary treats from the Sensational Selwyn Food and Wine trail and an amazing array of street food.

St Andrew's College

Empowering education: St Andrews College is giving kids the tools they need to be happy successful adults

Against a backdrop of delightful bubbles an amazing new asset made its mark at St Andrew’s College in February.

St Andrew's College

While the youngest members of the St Andrew’s delighted in a mass bubble blowing activity, Dame Adrienne Stewart opened their state-of-the-art buildings and bespoke playgrounds, all part of the brand new Stewart Junior Centre. The beautiful contrast between fun and formality set the tone for what the new facility will provide – an environment to excel, learn and thrive while having a great time each and every day.
The new development offers three new junior classrooms in one block for Year 1-3 students with an adjacent new preschool and an impressive outdoor facility that ensures education beyond the four walls of classroom is just as enriching.
All rooms in the Junior School enjoy high spec engineering, construction, insulation, technology and contemporary furniture and equipment. A Discovery Room provides an incredible avenue for diverse learning including art and cooking.
The Stewart family made a significant contribution to the Stewart Junior Centre, designed by Wilkie and Bruce Architects, and built by Armitage Williams. Mark Stewart took a walk down memory lane in his speech saying it was almost exactly 50 years since he started at St Andrew’s as a five-year-old. He said his family was proud of its long association with the college and their support of various projects. His brother Todd and other family members were also in attendance.
Preparatory School Principal, Jonathan Bierwirth says, “There is a natural cohesion and close connection between the Junior School and Pre-school, which is significantly enhanced by having both within the new Stewart Junior Centre. It is wonderful to have the youngest members of the St Andrew’s family learning in such close proximity.”

The International Culinary Studio

Work your culinary magic: How the The International Culinary Studio is helping people of all ages further their passion for cuisine

The International Culinary Studio is marching to the beat of its own delicious drum, no cliché concepts here! In fact, this revolutionary innovation – an online culinary school and chef courses – has been touted as a world first.

The International Culinary Studio

From helping aspiring chefs to chase their dreams and fulfil their potential by becoming qualified in the foodie field, to helping those with experience further enhance their skills, the learning model has been designed in recognition of the fast-paced lives people are leading and the need for flexibility when it comes to upskilling.
It seems age really is just a number when it comes to capability with the International Culinary Studio blessing even the little ones in our midst with some impressive culinary prowess thanks to its Mini Chef and Mini Baking Programmes.
Every busy parent’s dream, these comprehensive courses educate children on all of the fundamentals, with a generous dose of finesse and fun thrown into the mix. Five lessons at four hours each run across five days.
The Mini Chef Baking Programme starts with an introductory module incorporating dressing for the kitchen, personal hygiene and safe food handling, before baking some delicious biscuits. Swiss rolls, pavlova/meringues, chocolate mousse and almond tuille, and cakes/cupcakes are also on the menu.
The Mini Chef Cooking Programme begins with the same introductory module and lessons include learning how to make pasta, parmesan twists, dessert and even offers an industrial kitchen tour through the studio’s virtual kitchen.
For more information about what the International Culinary Studio can offer you and your family, visit
wwww.internationalculinarystudio.com.