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Switched On: St Thomas Aquinas junior room students Maddie Henderson, Thomas Crowe and Franciz Catli have fun learning with some of the
new iPads which were bought for the school thanks to a $20,000 fundraising campaign organised by the school's PTA.
PTA puts iPad in each class
By MARY WITSEY
St Thomas Aquinas Primary
School students are reaping
the rewards of a massively
successful $20,000 PTA fun-
Ipads have already been
bought for each classroom
and according to president
Rachel Crowe plans to
redevelop the school's outdoor
area are also well under way.
The PTA organised a casino
fundraising night in Winton
earlier this year and Mrs
Crowe said they were thrilled
with the success of the event.
"We are delighted to have
raised $20,000 for our students
-- it means such a lot to them.
"We are also grateful to the
Winton and Southland busi-
ness communities for their
wonderful support and to
parents and St Thomas Aqui-
nas parishioners who gave so
generously of their time to
support us. Without them this
simply wouldn't have
Junior room teacher Tabitha
Brock said having the new
technology in the classroom
"It's just gives us access to a
much wider range of
resources in the classroom
and with the children being
able to use it themselves -- it's
Reading and writing were still
key competencies and were
not being forgotten with the
introduction of the iPads.
''There are also a lot of
applications which involve
writing and the ipads allow
the children to express them-
selves much more freely. I
think they're great and the
children just love them."
Double trouble: These twin calves enjoy a warm start to life in Central Southland, with
good weather making it a great spring for dairy farmers throughout the province.
Photo: MARY WITSEY
Good time for farmers
By MARY WITSEY
The new season is off to a flying start
for many Southland dairy farmers
with good spring conditions making
for a relatively trouble-free calving
DairyNZ regional leader Southland/
South Otago, Richard Kyte, said the
weather had made a huge difference.
"This spring has been one out of the
box for Southland, which has been a
welcome relief after the previous two
difficult springs. Production is
looking good and calving without
wet weather gear (is) a welcome
change. The feeling among farmers
is it has been a great spring with the
season off to a flying start."
"[Also] the excellent grass growth
has enabled farmers to get through
the spring without reliance on
additional bought-in feed, which in a
season with a predicted low payout
should help balance the books."
Focusing on grass quality to
maintain production was the main
challenge with a high growth spring,
"Cost control is also going to be a
high priority with the lower payout
He suggested farmers should also
consider a short break after calving
season to get the batteries recharged
before the mating season.
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