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Last term, all the Year 7 and 8
classes worked on creating some
fantastic inventions in preparation
for their own Dragon‛s Den, in
which entrepreneurs pitch their
inventions at a panel of prospective
Teacher Gareth Scott says the
students were expected to either
create a new invention or make
improvements on an old one.
They had to come up with an idea
and conduct research to fnd out if there was anything similar already.
They then had to create posters and pamphlets with information about their
product and how much they needed the Dragons to invest.
Each student presented their invention to their teacher and the best three or
four then presented to the Dragons, who asked a series of questions about their
The top seven were selected to present to the Year 7 and 8 Parents Evening which
showcased students‛ work from throughout the year.
The results were tight, with joint frst and joint second awarded.
‛The students loved it, although it was very challenging,‛‛ says Gareth.
‛It gave them the confdence to speak and was a great way to assess their work.‛‛
A wise man once said reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body‛‛.
Reading, whether you‛re young or old, not only educates, but is relaxing and allows
you to feed your imagination. As such, it is important for children to learn to read
well and with sound comprehension.
Aurora College Year 13 student Adam Lilley has this year, with the help of 16 Year
13 students and 8 Year 12s, implemented a buddy reading programme, involving a
number of Year 7 and 8 pupils.
He says the programme students spend 10 minutes a day reading one-on-one with
Students are rewarded for their participation and the results have been
‛The teachers identifed the students who needed help with their reading,‛‛ says
‛Some students have now moved up three levels.‛‛
Adam says the programme also provided a great opportunity for Year 13 students
to complete service for the school, which would show on their leaving record.
He says the senior students had found the experience very rewarding and so, too,
had the younger students who had made new friendships through the programme.
‛It‛s a bit more than just reading,‛‛ says Adam
Year 7 student Brodie Hodgkinson-Harris says he has moved up another level in
reading and the programme has really helped him in class.
‛I feel more confdent and it has helped me improve in other subjects.‛‛
Adam says, due to its success, the programme will continue next year.
‛I have applied to SIT to study a Bachelor
of Nursing. I have also applied to Auckland
University for their Bachelor in Health Science.
I love science subjects, and particularly enjoy
biology and chemistry.
I have a good understanding of these because of
the teachers here.
Being a small school, I have found the one-on-one
time with the teachers of particular beneft.‛‛
‛I plan to study Architecture at Victoria
The teachers have helped a lot, giving me
I had to study graphics and physics by
correspondence, but the teachers here have
always been there to help.
Although the school is small, the students are
given every opportunity to do what we want
‛I am trying to join the airforce.
It seems like a good place to go, a good secure environment
with good money and infuences.
I would like to become a warfare specialist, interpreting
I have found the environment here at Aurora has made me
The teachers have kept me on the right track and allowed
‛I have applied to the Army to be considered
as a Rifeman.
Later I would like to train as a chef.
Having the Service Academy this year at
school has helped me with my decision.
I have enjoyed the personal discipline and
I am applying to join the Army, but I‛m not quite sure
Being part of the Service Academy has confrmed my
And going to Burnham also really helped make up my mind.
The teachers here are really good as there are not as
many students so they can spend more time helping up with
We also have teachers who have been in the army.‛‛
Year 13 - Realising
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