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CONTACT pERSONS its region
Board of Trustees TERM 3 2009
Barry Newcombe van Asch Whare Opening and Blessing
Southern Cochlear Implant
VADEC Senior Audiologist
paul R. peryman Our whare, our Taonga (our treasure).
Our whare waahi rangatira mana (place of greatest mana), waahi
rangatira wairua (place of greatest spirituality), waahi rangatira iwi
(place to grow people’s self esteem and confidence) and waahi
Reading/Writing: rangatira tikanga Maori (place in which Maori customs are learnt best).
Michele Yonetani Our turangawaewae (where anyone of us can stand up and know we
Visual Communication: have a sense of belonging).
Evette Griffiths Stories and photos inside -
NZSL Resource Coordinator
Technicians In this issue
phil Henderson • van Asch Whare Opening • From the principal • SCIP News
Library • vadec Website Update • KIT Days & student work
Margaret Hunt • Deaflympics • Student Achievements • Music Therapy • Loud Shirt Day
VADEC News & Views 1
From the principal
Barry Newcombe PhD
A major highlight of term three was the official
opening and blessing (Whakatuwherataka) of the
wharekura at van Asch - Tuawera. Well over 100
people took part in this special event. They showed Image of
their support for the students and the school by
getting up very early to be at the school for a pre
dawn 6.00am start on Saturday 15th of August. We
really appreciate that support and interest from our
Riki Pitama and Te Horipo Karaitiana officiated at
the opening ceremony. As well as participating in
the blessing, those present were entertained and
informed about some of the history of the local area
and background to the name Tuawera. Since the
opening a figure (tiko tiko) carved by Waka Nathan,
parent of a student at van Asch, has been mounted
at the top of the veranda frontage.
Students have recently been involved in electing the
new student representative on the Board of Trustees.
There was good interest in this role. Congratulations
to Mecca Bowman for winning this closely contested
and important position.
Early in 2010 there will be elections for parent
representatives on the Board of Trustees. The
governance provided by boards of trustees is a vitally
important aspect of the way schools function in New
Zealand. It is important that boards are strongly
representative of the community they work for. Revised New Zealand Curriculum
van Asch Deaf Education Centre provides services Values
for deaf children over a wide community.
I encourage the parents of all children who receive The NZ Curriculum requires that we identify and
services from van Asch, not just those at the base agree on the values that we believe are important for
school, to consider putting themselves forward for everyone involved in the life of our school.
board of trustees representation to be part of The teachers and support staff at the base school
decision making processes on how resources and have recently held a number of meetings to identify
services are organised to meet children’s needs now and discuss the values that we believe are important
and in the future. Please contact me or Dyanne to our community.
Bensley (Board Chairperson) if you would like more We agreed that we want the van Asch Values to be
information about this. clearly articulated, strongly held and shared by all in
At present we are involved in a process of making our school community. The values that we decide
some changes to the way our residential staffing is on will be evident in the organisation’s philosophy,
organised. This is likely to lead to some new staff structures, curriculum, classrooms and relationships.
being involved in this service. As these changes We will be consulting with all members of our
become finalised we will be in touch with families of community by mail in the next few weeks.
boarding students to let them know about the new Please take time to read the information. Your
arrangements. feedback would be appreciated.
I thank all staff of van Asch for the work they do for
students and families. van Asch provides a wide Jane Peterson
range of education services for deaf children, their Curriculum Resource Team
families and other schools throughout the whole of
the region. These operate in an effective and
well-coordinated way because of the high levels of
skill and professionalism of all staff.
Best wishes for the holiday period and for term four.
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Tuawera Then, before we all headed off to begin the
blessing, Riki explained the story behind the name of
Our whare, our Taonga (our treasure). our new whare TuaWera, and why it was an
Our whare waahi rangatira mana (place of greatest appropriate name for our whare. TuaWera is the
mana), waahi rangatira wairua (place of greatest name for Cave Rock, a local landmark.
spirituality), waahi rangatira iwi (place to grow
people’s self esteem and confidence) and waahi
rangatira tikanga Maori (place in which Maori
customs are learnt best). Our turangawaewae
(where anyone of us can stand up and know we
have a sense of belonging).
What I have written above is what our whare means
to many of us. After ten years of working together
VADEC has joined a group of schools throughout
New Zealand that believes in the true spirit of
partnership and has taken the meaning of cultural
understanding to a higher level by building our own
whare. Not only do we have Deaf culture, hearing
cultures, but a sound and strong base to understand
Maoritanga (things that relate directly to the values
and concepts of Maori).
Korihi te manu -The birds begin to sing
Takiri mai te ata -The morning breaks The gathering stood quietly about thirty meters from
Ka oa ka ao ka awarea -It’s dawn, it’s light, the entrance to the whare. Riki and his whanau were
it’s broad daylight chanting and calling out with prayer as we slowly
Tihei mauriora -Listen/look, I speak to you. walked towards the whare. It was still rather dark
and slightly misty. Ruth Dyson, one of our
distinguished guests was invited and accepted the
honour of opening the whare by cutting the ribbon
across the entrance, which formally opened the way
for us to precede into the house. The first person to
enter was Tagialofa. Tagi is one of our younger
students from Stevens house who was invited to
carry a framed photo of Helen Keller through the
door. Maori protocol demands a young girl be the
first to enter an important new whare. She was
followed by Riki and others as we all walked around
the inside of the house blessing each room as we
At 6 o’clock on Saturday morning, 15 August, staff,
students, distinguished guests and friends of
VADEC gathered in the staff room. It was a warm
and very still morning. The light drizzle of rain from
the previous night had ended and the songbirds
were beginning to welcome the day ahead. Riki
Pitama who provided essential support, guidance
and aroha to the ceremony began the mornings
agenda with a karakia. He then motivated all those
present to learn two words in Maori to be used
during the blessing. Every one there rose to the
occasion and called out or signed with gusto. Barry
welcomed all those present to the school and talked
through the next two hours formal procedure.
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After the formal blessing ceremony people were With that part of the proceedings completed,
invited to whai korero (to speak, make a speech). everyone was invited to walk over to the hall and
Ritchie Tahana’s wife Gail spoke about the love enjoy a nice hearty breakfast together. During the
Ritchie had for VADEC and how the memories that final part of the morning’s service, Barry spoke of
he shared with her over the years about our place a number of people who moved the whare from an
will stay forever in her mind. Gail and her whanau idea to the final completed treasure, TuaWera.
were given the honour of placing a framed photo in Lloyd spoke of the history behind the establishment
the whare of Ritchie. As with other significant and and the early days of the steering group as they
respected individuals, a photo of a person that hangs consulted widely with enthusiasm and motivation
on the wall of any whare has significant value to to get the whare from a paper concept to a place of
Maori spirituality. Other guests spoke of their mana and belonging. Lloyd paid homage to Dyanne,
memories from VADEC and other important Ian Cocks, Pani Wikingi, Mama Kumeroa, Lynne
messages to all those present. Ferguson, and to Barry for their tireless energy,
guidance and strength. They along with a core group
of others made it possible, that Maori Deaf as with all
students, tangata kainga VADEC (people of
VADEC), have now a place for tikanga Maori.
Dyanne Bensley (Chairperson of the Board of
Trustees) thanked all people involved from its
inception to final.
After the speeches ended students, with support
from wonderful staff, provided entertainment for all to
What a wonderful and blessed occasion. The dawn
ceremony through to the magic of student
entertainment shall remain a happy memory for
many, many years.
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I woke up in the morning early, very dark outside.
We went to the staffroom at 6:00am. The Maori man
Ricky talked about the Whare. We went outside,
we moved slowly. The man said “Welcome to the
Whare.” The man talked Maori language.
We went inside. We touched the walls and looked at
the rooms. Ricky said “Respect people in the Marae”.
We looked at the photos of Ritchie, Helen Keller and
the Maori woman.
The Maori man talked about Ritchie. All the people
looked at the photo. The people are sad.
We walked outside. We went to the Hall for food.
Pora sked me “Do you want to sit here?” Pora’s Mum
and Dad and brother talked to me.
Then we had Maori speeches and more people had
speeches. Van Asch students signed the school
song and Middle School students did a poi then one
more signed song.
By Santana Ngawharau
VADEC News & Views 5
The Southern Cochlear Implant The Habilitation programme
2009 has been a busy year for the paediatric
programme programme. Two significant new initiatives are
A significant number of the children on the Workshop Series “Developing Spoken
programme have this year “graduated” to the adult Language through Audition”
programme. The paediatric programme provides This year, a workshop series comprising of seven
care to children until 18 years of age after which workshops is being delivered by the paediatric team
services are provided by our adult programme. To at the Southern Cochlear Implant Programme.
this point we have generally had 3 or 4 each year Participants include Resource Teachers of the Deaf,
move to the adult programme but this year between Advisers on Deaf Children and Speech Language
10 and 15 people have transferred. Current numbers Therapists. The aim of the workshop series is to
in the paediatric programme are now in the order of improve the understanding and skills of staff who
128, while adult programme numbers are now in work with children with cochlear implants throughout
excess of 200. Despite transfer of children to the the region served by the Southern Cochlear Implant
adult programme we continue to be busy. Each year Programme.
we provide well in excess of the 15 “base” implants Each workshop is first delivered to local participants
funded by the Ministry of Health. in Christchurch. A DVD recording is made of the
An increasing role of the programme is in the workshop which is then produced and sent to
education of others who work with children with participants working in other areas of the country.
cochlear implants. As well as outreach visits provided Extra copies are made and kept as a resource in the
(mostly) by Donna and Joanne, we also provide van Asch Deaf Education Centre library. Workshops
in-service training to Teachers of the Deaf, cover many topics, including audiology, checking
Audiologists, Audiology students, and others. These children’s hearing devices, how audition and spoken
training and support roles ensure that people in the language develop and how to assess auditory and
child’s own region have the skills they need. spoken language development. Emphasis is on both
Shirley Marshall who was been working 3 days theory and practical skills. Workshop participants are
per week since returning from maternity leave has required to carry out assignments to follow on from
increased to 4 days per week since late July. In 2008 each workshop. These assignments have included
Jill Mustard left the paediatric programme to take a reading articles and answering questions, carrying
sabbatical in the UK. Jill will return to her role here out thorough equipment inventories for children out
from the beginning of 2010. Donna Sperandio has in mainstream settings, and videoing themselves
also decided to embark on a sabbatical in the UK working with students. The workshop has been very
and will take a leave of absence in 2010. This will well received so far, with many staff reporting a
mean that Joanne Lake will remain with the higher level of confidence in working in this field.
programme until Donna’s return. Southern Hearing Charitable Trust Auditory-
The review of habilitation services continues but for Verbal Scholarship
2009 has seen the first award of the Southern
the moment it has ground to a halt with the
Hearing Charitable Trust Auditory-Verbal
resignation of Mark Hutton at the Ministry of
Scholarship. This scholarship has been developed
Education. We have not been advised who his by the staff of the paediatric programme and the
replacement will be. We have been waiting on the trust members. Funds from Loud Shirt Day 2008
Ministry to produce a document on implementation of were used to provide the scholarship, which covered
the review. We will keep you informed. course fees, airfares and accommodation.
Professionals working with children with cochlear
implants were eligible to apply for the scholarship.
The scholarship provided funding for attendance at
a week long course at the Hear and Say Centre in
Brisbane. This centre provides training for
professionals in using the auditory-verbal approach
with children with a hearing loss.
Neil Heslop, A committee comprising the manager of the
MNZAS-CCC paediatric programme, a Habilitationist, a parent
Audiologist/Manager representative from the programme and a member
(Paediatric) of the trust, interviewed each applicant by phone.
The successful applicant was Helen King, a
Resource Teacher of the Deaf currently working for
the van Asch Deaf Education Centre. Helen was
thrilled to be selected for this award. She attended
the course from August 2-6. We are looking forward
to hearing about her week in Brisbane on her return.
By Donna Sperandio
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I love to Dance!
Have you seen Dancing with the Stars? Who was
your favourite couple? Did they win? What charity did
Hi my name is Bradley McKenzie,
I’m 12 years old and I’ve been dancing for just over 2
years. I do Ballroom, Latin and New Vogue.
I recently started dancing with my dance partner
called Emily Kendal, and we’ve been dancing
together just over 3 months. So far we’ve done well
with lots of placings and we’ve won a trophy for our
New Vogue. My partner and I have the NZ Nationals
coming up in September, this year it will be held
My favourite dance is the Cha-Cha. The club I
belong to is called Dance Club Canterbury. My two
coaches are Robin who teaches us our Latin, &
Robyn teaches us Ballroom and New Vogue. I also
do medal classes.
At the moment I’m working on my Silver Latin Medal.
Recently I have been using the FM through the
sound system, this has been much better as I can
now hear the music a lot clearer as well as the words
in the music.
I go to the dance studio three times a week, I love to
dance. In fact I dance anywhere and everywhere,
I dance all around the house - while I’m cleaning
my teeth, doing the dishes - luckily I haven’t broken
anything . . . yet!
By Bradley McKenzie
Emily Kendal and Bradley McKenzie
Chelsey attends Edmond Smith Street Kindergarten,
she is loving kindy and playing with the children,
especially a wee girl called Chloe. Chelsey likes
joining in at music time and is starting to dance. She
is understanding lots of phrases now, and has around
four words that she is using regularly. Chelsey likes to
ask her Mum to “Open” boxes and containers.
Chelsey, who is four and half, has had her implant for
20 months, and turns when she hears her name called.
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The Online Shop To make it easy to find things in the online shop, a
A brief summary of what is available on search engine called "Search the Catalogue"
the Online Shop. has been included on the right hand margin of each
The online shop has recently been updated with
many new resources including:
An A4 sheet of common gestures parents, classroom
teachers or RTDs may find useful when
communicating with deaf students.
Cat. No. 443, $0.20
The online shop allows the viewer to see and order
online the extensive range of Literacy, NZSL/Deaf
Studies and Speech Language Resources.
The Overview page of the drop down menu explains
how to use the shop.
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DRIVING & TRANSpORT BOOKLET FEELINGS GAME
A5 12 page photocopiable booklet containing 91 This kit comes with a spinning wheel game board
essential NZSL signs for Driving & Transport. and cards. There are two different boards for various
Includes English words for reference. age levels. The one for preschoolers/early primary
Cat. No. 445, $0.60 has 8 emotions on the A4 board and matching cards.
The one for older primary aged students has 24
photos on the A3 board.
Each card has a photo,
sign on the back and Cat. No. 444a
the words for each A3 $10.00 &
emotion. Cat. No. 444b
This A3 crossword is for the category of vehicles LETTERS pOSTER
and includes fingerspelling, written words and signs. This colourful poster is designed for emergent
It could be used as a homework task or classroom readers and writers. It illustrates the concept of a
worksheet. letter as distinct from a word. The poster has the sign
Cat. No. 442, $2.00 for letter on it.
Cat. No. 299, $4
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FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE CARDS WORDS pOSTER
A set of ten colourful illustrated cards that, define and This colourful poster is designed for emergent
provide examples of the following: alliteration, readers and writers. It illustrates the concept of a
assonance, cliché, hyperbole, metaphor, word as distinct from a letter. The poster has the sign
onomatopoeia, personification, simile, rhetorical for word on it.
question and rhyme. There is space on each card for Cat. No. 350, $4
the student to record his/her own example/s.
Cat. No. 298, $3
WHAT RETELL ACTIVITY DO YOU CHOOSE?
Retell activity folded paper chooser game. Have
some fun selecting which questions you will ask after
a student has read a text.
Cat. No. 351, 20c
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From the Regions
Southland KIT Day – August 2009
What a great KIT day we had. We exercised our
brains and then our bodies, with a fuel stop at
McDonalds in between. We started the day at
enrich@ilt, which is a new educational venue in
Invercargill set up with funding from the Invercargill
Licensing Trust. This venue is for gifted and
talented children and they have the latest
technological equipment at their disposal. There
were seventeen of us and we worked in groups
using computers and digital microscopes. Next we
had a computer each to take photos of ourselves
and do lots of interesting and exciting things with
After a pit stop at McDonalds it was off to the
Invercargill Gymnastics Club to work off the
hamburgers and try out a variety of gymnastic
equipment. Everyone’s favourite was the foam pit
where we got to jump in and bury ourselves in heaps
of spongy foam.
It was another enjoyable day catching up with our
friends and getting to take part in new experiences.
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Farm Visit Kit Day
Last Thursday, September 17 we set out on our farm
trip. We had 24 children and many adults, and we
were all keen to go back to the farm. It was a new
experience for some of the children and the others
were looking forward to showing the new children
what to do.
After a long bus trip we arrived at the farm where we
were greeted by the family and had morning tea in
the woolshed. Then the work started. We climbed
the hill to get the sheep and lambs down into the
yards and then we divided into groups. One group
did docking and the other 2 groups fed lambs, did
a scavenger hunt and built a fire to cook the lamb’s
tails, damper and marshmallows. We all had a turn
to do everything.
We left the farm at 3pm and we were all tired. We
had a wonderful day as usual.
Thank you to the McCormick family once again. We chased the sheep down the hill and into the yards
The kids enjoyed having lunch in the hayshed
David, Seiin and Saori have got a big lamb
Aomkura, Hikorangi, Rivyene, Taiisha and Rebecca are
feeding the hungry lambs Torenzo chased a chicken, and he caught it!
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Kangaroos are jumping mammals and they are
marsupials because they have pouches.
They have pointed ears on top of their heads. They
also have a long snout on their smallish heads.
At the bottom of the kangaroos’ body there are two
hind legs with a big long tail behind them. Above the
legs they have a pouch to carry a baby called a joey.
They are covered with light brown fur.
Kangaroos live in Australia, in the grasslands and
They have the ability to stand like a human by
standing on their hind legs. Another interesting detail
is that the use their tail to support themselves when
standing. Sometimes they get down on all fours to
feed themselves with plants with their front legs.
When they are walking, they usually propel by
jumping with their two strong hind legs.
The joey is cute. It is small and is able to climb in
and out of its mother’s pouch, to be transported by
the mother. The pouch is also used to feed the baby
because inside the pouch there are teats (nipples).
By Nicholas Leow
Hutt High School
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Cultural Festival and Wearable Art
Wearable Art Cultural Festival
On 25th and 26th August in Week 6 all the middle After school I went home then back to school again.
School and Opawa School went to the Town Hall in When we were at school we put on our costumes.
Christchurch for one evening and one day When we saw the bus we got on it and went to the
performance. Town Hall. When we got inside, Addington School
All the middle School went to Opawa School on was waiting at the back of the hall. When they said
Wednesday 12th and Saturday 19th of August Addington School we went on stage. I was feeling a
because we had to practice for an hour or so. When little bit nervous. I was doing my signing in front of a
we were at the Town Hall we had to wait for hours so big audience with my group. They were singing.
Tagialofa and I kept teasing Casey and she teased Cha'nel Kaa-Luke
us, but then we had to get changed into our costumes. Addington School
Then we watched at the top of the Hall. There were Age 8 years
people doing Maori dancing and I loved listening to
the songs. Before it started we had to go downstairs to
show people our costumes and we had to stay for 30 Wearable Arts
minutes. When I got to the stage I felt confident and The Middle School went to Opawa School to
people were clapping and shouting so loud. practice. We practiced for two days and we
Barry, Drew's sister Jane and Laurinda-Lee watched practiced lots of times.
us on the stage and Laurinda-Lee left us a very nice We went to the Christchurch Town Hall for two days.
comment on a note. It was different from Opawa School. Everyone
Our costumes were made from material, cardboard wanted to watch the screen when we went on stage.
and plastic. I felt happy when it was finished. I wanted to watch so I could see myself.
Thank you to everyone who helped us with When we finished the practice the van Asch students
Wearable Art. went to the Public Library. The library has 3 floors.
Hanna Deal, Marie came with us. Marie found information about
Year 10, vadec the history of van Asch. We went back to the Town
hall . At 6 o’clock Laurinda-Lee came and gave us
By Hamish Rathgen,
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How The Rapaki Got Their Harbour Volcanoes
Written by Joe Herbert
One day long ago, 200 million BC to be exact the
seabed beneath where Banks Peninsula is now
A large crack went down into the hot lava layer.
Molten lava flowed up the crack and formed a huge
900 hundred years ago a Maori chief named Rapaki
and his tribe land their war wakas on the shores of
the huge volcanic mountain. All around the mountain
there were no safe places to shelter their wakas.
When the wind blew all their wakas got wrecked.
Rapaki walked up to the top of the mountain to talk
to the God about how he can get a safe harbour. He
talked to the God of the rain so that the heavy rain
would cause the hot lava to explode. The next day
the God sent the rain. The Maori people were out
fishing. When they looked back at the mountain they
could hear a loud hissing noise. All of a sudden one
side of the mountain exploded and the sea started This term our topic was to study on Disasters. My
gushing in to drown the hot lava and form a beautiful group chose volcanoes A volcano is where the
sheltered harbour. Later that day the Maoris paddled mountain erupts. Hot lava and ashes comes out
in the Harbour. Since that day the Maoris and the of the mountain. We made a volcano with paper
settlers have had a sheltered harbour beneath mount mach’e. We used a lot of paper. When we had
Herbert. finished it we painted the top of the mountain brown
because the mountain was muddy and rocky. The
lower half was green, the same as grass. We made
a hole on the top of the volcano with rolled and
crushed newspapers. We made a funnel so we could
put the red dye, salt and the sulphur. When we
wanted the volcano to erupt we had to poured the
vinegar into the funnel. It then began to burst out of
the mountain. The lava went down the mountain.
I enjoyed making the volcano because it was easy to
The volcano is very dangerous because it can kill lot
By Scott Williams
St Pauls School
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Rugby Finals in New plymouth
The day I had been looking forward to for a long time
had finally arrived. My Under-15 rugby team had
made it into the Taranaki Secondary Schools final.
This was to be my first experience of finals rugby in
the 5 years I have played.
We finished the competition in 4th place and against
the odds beat the competition winners in the
semi-finals. Inglewood High School players were
shocked and angry to have lost, but for us it was
extremely exciting. The game was played at Yarrow
Stadium just before the Taranaki NPC side played
On the day of the final it was beautifully fine. I left
home with my family at 8.30am and travelled an hour
to New Plymouth. The time went quickly as I was
thinking about the game most of the way.
We arrived at the ground on time and met up with the
team. The coach talked a lot about the game and
K.I.T. Day Ten pin Bowling gave us lots of advice. He said “play hard”, tackle
well” and “catch the ball in the lineout”.
One Friday I went to Ten Pin Bowling and I loved it. Our opposition (Spotswood College) performed a
I got one strike. Shania, Will and Elizabeth were school haka before the game which went on for a
in my team. I was strong but I dropped the ball on very long time. I looked across at the Spotswood
players and saw all these huge boys….many much
my foot! I loved ten pin bowling and I went back to
bigger than us. My position was Lock so it was my
job to catch the ball in the lineout.
The game was very hard and physical. Spotswood
Declan (8 years) scored a try first and kicked the conversion. By half
Lyttelton Main School time we were still down 7-0. At half time Dad ran on
Christchurch with my Cochlear Implant device so I could hear the
The second half started much the same. Spotswood
scored again making it 12-0. Then with 15 minutes
to go our team finally got into the game by scoring
a penalty. I knew time was running out fast. In the
next play we scored a great try and kicked a
conversion making it 12-10 to Spotswood. Then with
a couple of minutes left the half back passed it to
Paddy our first-five and he dived in the corner to win
the game. The crowd went mad. Though I couldn’t
hear anything I knew they were screaming loud. Final
score 17-12 to us.
I walked off the field and saw my family and Mark my
My Pet Dinosaur Teacher of the Deaf. My grandmother gave me a big
hug and so did my Mum. My Dad had a huge smile
My dinosaur is a boy. My dinosaur has three on his face. They were really happy and so was I.
horns, four legs and he has a green body. After the game our team was presented with a
He has a little beak and he has skin like a shield….a good end to a great day.
lizard. My dinosaur's name is Gobble gobble
gooba. He likes to eat plants. Gobble gobble Shane Jury,
gooba likes to play chase around with me. Year 10
My dinosaur sleeps outside because he is too
big to sleep on my bed.
By Abigail Bishop
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The Deaflympics Finally my racing was over and I wanted to relax for
a couple of days before I went home. I went
My trip to Chinese Taipei was incredible amazing. shopping and spoiled myself by buying a laptop and
This was special for me because I had a wonderful an ipod touch. I also bought some clothes too. The
time and I am glad to represent the New Zealand
closing ceremony was nice. Good to meet some
Deaflympics swimming team. I am definitely going to
friends I had made, mainly South African, and I went
the next Deaflympics in Greece in 2013. My Coach,
to an after party two nights in a row. On the 16th I
Greg, asked me if I wanted to go to the world Deaf
Games in two years time being held in Spain. flew home but didn’t want to go home.
Anyway, about my trip to Chinese Taipei. My flight I did love the weather and the good times I had.
from Auckland to Singapore was terrible as I couldn’t Terrible flight on the way home too.
sleep on the way there. So while I was on the plane Alex Field
I watched a couple of movies and also talked to the
person next to me who is a Table Tennis player.
Her name is Emma Paton who also represents the
New Zealand Team.
When I got to Singapore it was really hot as I got
there at 8.00 in the morning which is a few hours
behind us in New Zealand. While I was still on the
ground in Singapore I had a look around as my next
flight was in two hours time. On the plane again
from Singapore to Taiwan the flight was still the
same so I was bored and wanting to do something.
The food was awful because the meat was just
different so instead of meat I had three Ice Blocks!
Finally I was in Taiwan. When I first hopped out of
the plane there was a big crowd saying, “Go New
Zealand Go!” I was like WOAH because I thought
there’ll be no one from New Zealand that lived in
Taiwan. I was wrong because there was about 50
-70 people that used to live in New Zealand that now
live in Taipei.
MAN Taipei was hot. I couldn’t wait to swim the next
day. For five days I trained with my coach Greg
who helped me to improve my stroke. On the 5th
of September it was the opening ceremony. It was
wonderful because I got to know the New Zealand
team better. My first race was the 50m Breaststroke.
I was feeling nervous because it was the first time
I had raced in ages and all the other people were
older and bigger than me. Sadly I had a slow start
because it was really confusing and I came 4th with
a personal best time. But I am happy with my result
and I came 17th overall. The next day I understood
how the lights worked so I am glad that I came 7th in
the 200m Breaststroke Semi final with the time of 2
minutes 48 seconds which is also my personal best.
I came 15th overall. The next two days I trained as
I didn’t have any races on. On Tuesday I had my
100m Breastroke and came 3rd last, with a personal
best ,and I 19th overall. For the 50m freestyle I
came 1st in my heat with a time of 29.23sec and
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On Saturday it was my seventh birthday. I went to
the Garden City Bowl with Nana, Auntie Ana, Dad
and Te Aroha. I went to the two dollar shop to buy
the big red tie, cups and plates. I went to Pak n
Save to buy a round picture cake, corn chips and a
seven candle with blue sprinkles. Then Auntie Te
Aroha and Dad came because they wanted to give
me some gifts. They gave me Guess Who Extra and
Asterix and the Big Fight. The game started. First we
put our shoes on before we played the game.
I was very excited to play it. Mitchell gave me a
Brown Birthday Ball. After we went to the Birthday
room. We had hot dogs, chicken nuggets and chips.
Last I blew out the candle on the cake. It was my
happy lucky day.
My Holiday At Taupo My Holiday at the Snow
I went to Lake Taupo and back In the holidays we went to Taupo to look at the snow.
to Palmerston North. We put a hat on my head. I made a snowball and
In Taupo we went to see the beehives. we threw a snowball at Mummy and Daddy and
I tasted some honey and I had some peanut butter Sarah-Jane.
too. I was sitting on the disc and I was sliding on the
By Harley Phillips I was happy and had fun.
By Amy Gray
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Flare and Flicker Curls
Melanie said it would spread quickly.
Orange flames flare and flicker.
Kids, excited, want to get closer.
Leaves flying in black smoke.
Last night my Mum put pincurls in my hair. First
Slowly dying down. she wet my hair with a comb. Then she curl up
my hair and she put clips in. It hurt me on my
I picked up a burnt leaf. hair a lot. I wanted some curly hair and so I was
It turned to black dust. brave. When I went to bed I sleep with them. In
the morning my Mum took the hairpins out of my
Natasha Fox, hair. I stand on a chair and look in the mirror. It
aged 12, was so curly. I was excited.
Levin Intermediate School.
West End School,
"do you want a banana monkey?"
"Well you have to peel it"
Niel offering Greer (the monkey) a banana, with the
monkey being only too pleased to have one!
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I went to the Rock Climbing with my mum and dad.
I was wearing a harness to click on the rope. I went
up the circles. Neville didn’t believe in Neptune, the Roman king of
the sea, but his mind was changed when…
Sharlarnie Campbell Suddenly weird waves appeared. Bravely he turned
Year 1 his head around to the edge of his shoulder but he
Linwood Avenue School wasn’t sure why he turned around. After a while
Neville saw something poking up like an edge of a
crown with sea shells on it. Worriedly it kept getting
higher and the angry fat face came out.
Never had Neville seen anything under the water
before so he stood and asked,
“Whoooooo are yooooooou?”
“I am the Roman king of the sea,” said the sea
monster. “My name is Neptune. Why are you here?”
“I am just rowing for fun,” muttered Neville.
Smashing his three spiked spear into the waves,
Neptune hissed and roared at the frightened boy.
Soon Neville stopped talking. Then he started to cry
and with his face getting redder and redder rowed
back to the sand. He jumped out of his boat dragged
it to the shed then stopped and looked back. Far
away he saw Neptune disappearing under the sea.
It had been a tough day.
New Brighton Catholic School
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
By Ally Prasitdamrong
The angry troll lived under the bridge.
He let the Little Billy Goat cross the bridge because
the troll wanted to eat a Big Billy Goat.
Next the Middle Billy Goat went onto the bridge,
but the troll did not eat him because he was waiting
for Big Billy Goat Gruff .
After that Great Big Billy Goat Gruff came and butted
the troll into the water. Splash!
The troll was sad, becouse he had to catch fish to
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Vaitoa Ngaheu-Baker recently won these medals
at the Manawatu Special Olympics.
He came 2nd in the 200m and 100m sprints, 1st in
the Shot Put and his team placed 1st in the Relay.
Vaitoa will soon represent the Manawatu at the
Nationals being held in Palmerston North.
He trains with his coach every Monday from
5.30 – 6.30pm.
Good luck Vaitoa!
The Specialist Resource team typically have ten
weeks of travel per year. A further ten weeks are
allocated to running preschool residential courses,
attended by 25 – 30 families annually. This term we
have run two preschool residential courses with
families from Wellington and New Plymouth. Two
school-age students from the regions attended an
assessment visit at the Centre.
The SRT team have travelled widely within the
Southern region. Sue has provided literacy
support for mainstream students in South
Canterbury. Brenda has travelled to Hawkes Bay,
Southland and Otago. Evette has been to Nelson
and Wellington. Paul’s regional visits were to New
Plymouth and Wellington. Michele also travelled to
Wellington as well as the West Coast. These
visits provided professional development for RTDs,
classroom teachers, part-time teachers and teacher
aides. This term the trainee teachers of the deaf and
their tutor visited from Auckland between 10 – 14
August. All of the SRT team were involved in
providing inservice training, in their specialised areas.
Paul Buzzard, the Deaf studies coordinator, has been
involved in regional courses for mainstream students. Paul Buzzard
He also presented a seminar titled “Using Visual Sue Beaton
Communication Strategies for Real Evette Griffiths
Learning” at the Australia New Zealand Conference Kay Pinion
for Educators of the Deaf (ANZCED) held in Sydney, Brenda Sargent
10 -12 July. Paul Peryman has started a series of Michele Yonetani
workshops with RTDs and the Advisers. The first of Paul Peryman
these was held in Southland recently and was well
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Music Therapy at van Asch
For the last two terms I have had the privilege of
working as a music therapy student with the Early
Intervention Centre and room 2 at VADEC. I have led
group and individual music therapy sessions with
children and parents. While working in the Early
Intervention Programme and with room 2, I have
focused on supporting the children’s language
development, as well as encouraging
communication turn-taking, initiation, imitation and
motor development through children’s songs and
instrumental playing. I have observed through this
experience that music can be a powerful motivator,
supporting learning in a positive and hopefully fun
way! I have really enjoyed working with the children
and families at VADEC. I have found the staff very
supportive and helpful. The support from teacher
aids, parents and staff has been essential to the
success of each music making experience with the
children. So thank-you for all your efforts! And thank-
you all for having me at VADEC!
Sophie Buxton, Muisc therapy student
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Duffy Book Hero Assembly
September 8th, 2009
On a lovely sunny Tuesday in September we had our
first Duffy Assembly in our new Whare Tuawera.
We welcomed our mystery guest Charlie panapa -
TV presenter from ‘What Now’; our sponsor, Carlie
Jones; Daisy’s mother and grandmother and the
students and teachers from the Hagley satellite class.
Charlie told us about growing up in Te Awamutu and
working on ‘What Now’. He told us that Bryanna used
to be his teacher and that she was ‘the nicest teacher
he had ever had’ (!!) He also talked about how impor-
tant reading is, especially in his job where he has to
read scripts for the show.
Charlie and Carlie presented each of the students
with two Duffy books to take home.
We thanked them both by giving them each a freshly
baked date scone, Charlie’s favourite!
Charlie Panapa is on TV2 What Now on Sundays.
Charlie came to Duffy Assembly.
Charlie said two books for everyone to take home.
Thankyou Charlie and Carly
From Tyler Brundell
Yesterday we had Duffy Assembly. Charlie Panapa
comes from Te Awamutu. Charlie is on “What Now”
on TV. Charlie gave a speech about good reading.
Outside all the people looked up at the teko teko.
Mami and all the boys did a haka and all the hearing
and Deaf people signed the song about van Asch.
My Dad carved the teko teko at home. We finished at
3:00 and all the people went home.
By Poura Nathan
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Charlie at Duffy Assembly
I said I know the man coming to Duffy Assembly.
That man is Charlie Panapa from TV and I have met
Charlie before. I am shy but Charlie smiled at me.
At 1:30pm lots of students and staff went in the
Santana and Hanna came with Charlie and a woman.
Santana asked Charlie, “Do you like sport?”
Charlie said, “Yes, basketball.” Then we went outside.
Two men went on the cherry picker with tools. They
put the teko teko up on the whare. Hami said,”Ready
for haka now.” All the boys did a haka, very good.
Then Marie said "Everyone sign a song please".
"We like the Whare and the teko teko at van Asch".
By Tagialofa Eneliko
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Maori Language Week Award for My Teacher My Award from Ten pin Bowling
Cruze, Katherine, Matthew, Paul, Betheley and I all
played ten pin bowling in term three. I liked
improving my game but Matthew was the best and so
usually won. At the beginning I was not very good or
confident. I would not play and said ‘you can’t force
me’, Bryanna talked to me and I bowled with her.
I learnt to give things a go. I really enjoyed it and
improved my game lots. Paul’s Mum always bought
us hot chips and lollies and we loved that.
Bryanna and Tina, a Science teacher from Hagley,
I liked meeting different students from Hagley and
really enjoyed doing something different.
At the Hagley Sports Prize giving Cruze and I got
awards for our participation in Ten Pin bowling.
I got the ‘Most improved player’ and Cruze got
‘Most valued player’. We also got a drink bottle.
Katherine, Cruze, Matthew and I also got a Hagley
Sports bracelet. I like to wear it. It is rubber with
‘Hagley Sports’ on it.
Cruze and I were very proud we got an award. Barry
Last term, during Maori Language Week, I went to a came to our prizegiving too. I’m going to play again
meeting with the Hagley whanau. Yvonne and next term.
Katherine were there to support me. We were trying
to decide on a teacher who supported Maori Joni Grabham
students very well at Hagley College. I nominated Van Asch satellite Class
my teacher. I was the first to speak, I had to speak Hagley Community College
in front of the whole Whanau. I talked about my
teacher, Bryanna, she is a very good support to me,
I am a Maori student. She supports me in bone
carving and in Mahi Raranga, which is weaving.
I have to learn to say lots of Maori words so she
helps me. We do correspondence Maori and learn
to say and listen to the words. I also feel more
comfortable when she is there in class with me.
Bryanna is good at supporting Maori students, it is
hard to translate from Maori to English and then to
NZSL. I told the Whanau how Bryanna teaches all
of the Deaf students about Maori language and
culture. She is very strict if we sit on tables or we
put hats on tables. She tells us Maori stories. We
have lots of cool Maori weaving in our class,
Bryanna and I made it! I love our classroom, I feel at
home and comfortable.
My Maori teacher Jules talked about Bryanna too,
she said lots of positive things. We all decided on
two teachers- they are Anna, she teaches PE and
Bryanna. We are not allowed to tell Bryanna, it is a
secret, I wanted to tell her! At staff
meeting the Maori teachers gave the award to
Bryanna and Anna. I was happy Bryanna was a
winner and proud she got the award. Yah! Bryanna
gave me a big hug. The trophy is a carving, it has a
kete with greenstone in it. It is hanging in our
van Asch satellite class
Hagley Community College
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The Football Tournament Later on, we went to the English park for the final –
Ashburton College VS Marlborough Girls High.
On Monday morning (31st of August), I couldn’t wait I could see that they were good players and that my
to go to the tournament! I was a rep for Hagley girls’ team couldn’t beat them. Ashburton won 1-0. After
football and played in the South Island Tournament. the game, we all had a prize giving. A girl in each
I arrived in school at 8am – very early! I was with my team would get an MVP award. I got an MVP award.
team and I didn’t know what to do but I just did my MVP means Most Valuable Player. I’m quite happy
best. We drove to Avonhead Park. We had a game at about it.
9.30am. We played against Greymouth High School. Now I feel sad because after this week, I have to
I was nervous, I don’t know why! but after a minute, go back to school to do some work! I’d rather play
I felt great and gave a very hot shot! In the first half, football! (ha ha ha) I guess that the tournament week
I got 2 goals which was awesome. Then in the was good and fun as well.
second half, I think 2 girls in my team got a goal. My Thanks for reading my real nice story about the
team won 4-0. We beat Greymouth High School. week.
The second game was played against Central PS, I got a trophy from the football club! WINK!
Southland. My team won 4-0 again. I got a goal.
I was proud because I got a Player of Day on Monday. Benazir Kumar
On Tuesday, it was kind of a bad day because we lost van Asch satellite class
twice. I still had fun though. Hagley Community College
On Wednesday, we played our first game against
Linwood College. We won at 2-0. I got 2 goals. In the
afternoon we played Middleton Grange. It was a hard
game! I knew 2 girls in the Middleton Grange team,
they were in my Canterbury team last year. I knew it
would be a tough game to play as the two girls are
very good players. We lost 1-2. I got a goal. My team
couldn’t get in the Semi-final because we lost in the
quarter final. I was like “Aww darn”
On Thursday morning, my team played again. It was
such a hard game and we didn’t get a chance to
score a goal. It was 0-0 in the end. The referee
decided that we would get the penalty shoot. I’ve
never had the penalty shoot out before in my life.
I was so scared because I hate losing. In the 4th
shoot, it was my turn to kick. I was so sick and
anxious because I didn’t know which way I should
kick the ball into the goal. I decided that I would kick
the ball to the left and low. I was lucky because it was
a goal! So we got one more to shoot. I was nervous
because I thought that other team might win but we
won! My team ran toward the girl who is our goal
keeper goal, then jumped and hugged. We cheered.
I was so overwhelmed. Then later on, we went out to
the mini golf. We went to watch the hockey to
support the Hagley team. Unfortunately, they lost
while we watched. I talked to a couple of girls from my
team. It went well. We got back to school. I told a girl
that “it would be sad that we wouldn’t be playing
football after Friday” Anyway…
On Friday, the last day of the tournament, we played
Papanui High School for either 13th place. My team
lost 0-2 and achieved 14th place. After the game, we
had a game with Kaiapoi for fun. I was a goal keeper.
It was 1-1 in the end, DRAW! At the end of the game,
the referee said that we would have a penalty shoot
out. I was a still goal keeper! I saved 4 balls, LUCKY!!
(wink). My coach and team told me that I was good at
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LOUD SHIRT DAY 2009
On Friday last, the 18th of September, we had
another successful Loud Shirt Day event. We had an
enjoyable day raising awareness and funds for
children with cochlear implants and hope people found
the open-day informative. We very much appreciate
the efforts people made with their “Loud Shirts”.
During the morning we were visited by Samantha
Carstens from Bay Harbour News who took photos
and interviewed staff. An item should be appearing in
the coming edition (Wednesday) of the newspaper.
In the afternoon we had a visit from Hon Ruth Dyson,
the Labour MP for the Port Hills electorate. Ruth is
very much a supporter of the deaf community. She
carried out the official opening of the Michael Parsons
CI Clinic in 2003, introduced the NZSL Bill in 2004,
and launched the NZ Telephone relay service in 2006.
Her support on the day was greatly appreciated.
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First Class in Whare
We are grateful to Sumner Primary School for
helping us locate a Maori Tutor so that all students
now benefit from a Maori class each week.
Rana Wimutu has brought a unique set of skills to
the task of continuing weekly Maori Classes at the
Centre. Rana arrived shortly before Whare Tuawera
opened and is to be congratulated on the way she
prepared students for the opening.
Students and staff enjoying the fresh new environment of
the Whare classroom. Rana Wimutu and Mary Hutching,
Teacher Aid, with Senior High School students
Children’s Holiday programme: History Hounds
28 September – 9 October
Meet outside Discovery
Juniors: 10.00 – 11.30 am (3 - 7 years)
Seniors: 1.00 – 3.00 pm (8 - 13 years)
Was it really black and white in the old days and why
did potatoes grow on the cricket pitch at Lancaster
Come along to this action-packed holiday
programme and learn some of the secrets from our
grandparents’ past, including how children survived
back in the old days with no TVs, Xboxes or
computers! With everything from gardening to
making your own old fashioned toys, there will be no
time for boredom these holidays. This programme is
supported by the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
Cost: Discovery Club members $2.50 and
non-members $5.50 per child. Bookings essential:
telephone 366 9429 ext 817
or email email@example.com.
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