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Grass karts have always interested young and old alike, and for the past six
years, high school students throughout the South Island have been taking this
interest to a whole new level. They take part in a South Island-wide competition,
which includes kart racing.
Aurora College is one of the schools that participates and students there have
designed and built their karts from the ground up as part of an engineering
course, under the guidance of tutor Russell Jenkins at S.I.T.
Held last Friday evening and Saturday in Twizel, the competition drew a
signifcant crowd and approximately 35 karts.
Presentations were delivered on the Friday night, with students introducing their
team and giving a short description about their karts.
Aurora formed two teams for the competition. Eight students ( Jordan Adolphe,
Luke Fallow, Dave Kauvarevai, Dylan Marshall, Steven Pratt, Sam Suddens, William
Todd, Steven Withington) went to Twizel for the competition, four for each team,
however, 12 worked on the new karts.
Aurora College Year 13 student Steven Withington attended the event for the
second year, with a new cart he and a group of other students have spent time
constructing since late February of this year.
Steven says that after a fair amount of discussion and a vote, his team‛s new kart
was based on a McLaren M7A.
‛The design has come up really good, it looks really nice,‛‛ he says.
The students organised sponsors, with the main ones, Southland Car Painters and
Southern Insulation, organising the painting.
The karts were only tested once prior to painting. One of last year‛s karts was
utilised for practice throughout the year.
The competition consisted of four parts; performance, appearance, construction,
and record keeping.
Each team member had to keep a record of how long they spent constructing the
kart, how much money they spent, and donations received.
To test performance, the karts were entered in a sprint race, a slalom (weaving in
and out of cones), and a relay.
In regards to appearance and construction, the karts were judged on how good
they looked and how well they had been built.
The Aurora B team were the overall winners, and also took out second place in
construction and third in appearance.
Aurora A also did well, receiving a frst placing in construction.
On hearing the news that they had all done so well in the competition, Steven
says ‛we were all stoked.‛‛
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L-R Russel Jenkins, Jordan Adolphe, Dylan
Marshall, Steven Withington, Luke Fallow,
On Monday morning, Year
9 students at Aurora were
given the exciting news,
that next term they will
each receive their very own
iPad 2 to help them with
Students Aaron Thomson
and Rose Park were two of
the frst to open the iPads.
Aaron says it will make
researching information that much easier and Rose thought it would make
doing school work more fun.
Deputy Principal Graeme Hood said that the arrival of these iPads will
mean that from next year they will be an integral part of student learning
from Years 7 to 10.
Next year will see over 200 of these devices in operation within the school
in all Year 7-10 classes. Students currently use their devices practically
every period (including options classes) to research information, to
email, to create new work, read books, complete class assignments,and to
present and submit work for assessment. Popular apps with the students
are ComicLife and GarageBand as well as numerous Maths apps and using
iBooks to read books.
The iPads were introduced at the start of 2011 for all Year 7 students and
each year Aurora College is committed to supplying these devices to all
new Year 7 students. Due to the beneft of these devices, introducing them
with the current Year 9 students made sense as indications have shown
that student engagement in learning has increased.
Aaaron Thomson and Rose Park with
the new iPads for Year 9 students.
Year 12 students recently attended a three-day Physical
Education camp at Borland Lodge. Held as part of their NCEA
requirements, eight Aurora students were assessed on how well
they coped with certain adventure-based activities.
Vinnie Robertson says the group were asked on the frst day to
construct their own bivvy, utilising tarps, and to spend a night in
They also participated in a night rope course, where students
had to follow a rope through the bush, walking through puddles
and weaving in and out of trees.
Lucinda Forscutt says some students found this activity
unsettling, but they all learnt valuable lessons from it.
‛I learnt not to always follow the person in front of you,
particularly if they are taking a shortcut,‛‛ she says.
‛I also learnt how to get out of mud without losing my shoes.‛‛
Shaun Grey says the group also had to set up their own camp
site, complete a three hour hike, and help each other safely
cross a river together.
Vinnie is hoping this experience, and other lessons he learns
studying Physical Education, will help him later on when he
applies to join the army. Shaun believes studying this subject will
defnitely help him with his ftness in his anticipated career as a
Last Thursday, September 20, a group of
16 students volunteered to help plant out
the foodbanks of the Kingswell Creek.
The students spent half the day planting
natives as part of the South Alive project.
While there, they were treated to
an electric fshing demonstration by
Environment Southland donated 150 trees
and the Invercargill City Council donated
the mulch for the planting areas to aid the
The students had a great day and did not
hesitate when it came to getting their
hands dirty to help the local primary
schools fnish off their areas.
Grass Kart Competition
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