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Last week Year 8 and 9 students from Aurora
College took part in a free flm making workshop,
one of 33 held throughout the country
from May through to August to help grow a
generation of sustainability storytellers.
In its seventh year, The Outlook For Someday
is open to students from years 7 to 13 and
teachers and youth workers up to the age of 24,
giving them the opportunity to upskill together.
Participants are challenged to create a
short flm up to fve minutes in length, either
individually or as part of a team, within any
genre, interpreting sustainability.
Keegan Langeveld, Michael Crichton, Callum
Shields and Josh Smith, all attended the
workshop where they learnt about flm making in
a supportive environment.
Each found the workshop very rewarding and all
are keen to enter this years challenge.
Keegan says the training day helped the group
prepare for flm making.
‛They explained how to put story boards
together property and the whole flm making
‛We practiced with cardboard frames, close-up
and long shots,‛‛ says Keegan.
‛I enjoyed the flming and editing part of the
workshop, the tips and tricks they taught us and
watching the previous winners flms,‛‛ he says.
Michael says it was the frst year the
workshops were available in Southland and he
liked interacting with different student groups
from other schools.
‛I liked watching the videos at the end.
‛Some were funny, others were serious.‛‛
Josh found having a set time limit for both
flming and editing a challenge.
‛Watching last years winners flms was great
too as some of them were pretty good.‛‛
Callum says the students flmed on their ipads
and edited them using the imovie program.
Entries are required by September 13 and an
awards ceremony is held in December where
The Body Shop Standout Winner and the
winners of each of the 20 Special Awards are
David Jacobs, Director of Connected Media,
the charitable trust that runs the project says
‛we don‛t just see young flm makers as creating
products. Film making is about culture building,
being a citizen and contributing to national and
international dialogue. We are encouraging
young people to make flms as cultural acts.‛‛
955 young people throughout New Zealand
participated in The Outlook For Someday
project last year and there were a record 191
entries to the flm challenge.
Lights, camera, action!
Designing and creating jewellery is an art
Aurora technology students have had a
hand in creating recently.
Mentored by one of the fnest
contemporary jewellers in New Zealand,
Swiss born Kobi Bosshard, who resides
in Gore and assisted by teacher Andrea
Sexton, the students each set about
designing a piece of pewter jewellery for a
This portion of the exercise was simulated,
however the creative side was not.
Students initially worked on a wearable art
piece using straws, burger rings, cheezels
and other household items.
Andrea says this was to challenge the
students perception of what jewellery is
and what role it plays in society.
‛The focus of the unit was technological
‛Preparing them (the students) for a
Having completed their jewellery design
unit, students are now embarking on mask
making with a silver theme for the Hokonui
There‛s certainly never a dull moment in
Invercargill airport fre crew have never had to use
their hoses on an airplane. This is a testament to the
abilities of all those involved in preparing a plane for
eventual lift off.
Aurora students recently toured the airport, several
hangars, the maintenance workshop and were
standing on the tarmac when an Air New Zealand
plane took off.
They say the fuel smell was potent, the noise
deafening and the force of the wind that comes up,
Several students had never experienced the
interior of an aeroplane, let alone been up in the air, so when Raymond Hector of
Stewart Island Flights suggested they try one out, some were justifably nervous.
Taking off from a grass runway, purpose-built for smaller planes, they experienced a
10 minute scenic fight around Invercargill, fying over Queens Park, Racecourse Rd and
then over their own school.
Most enjoyed the fight and said everything below looked like lego.
Implemented last year, the Buddy Reading
Programme continues to help forge
relationships between Year 12 and 13
students and the younger Year 7‛s.
The older students help build confdence
in the younger readers and create a unique
connection, encouraging them to challenge
themselves with more diffcult reading
material. Ryan Webster, Year 7, says it has
improved his reading and helped him to push
The Year 12‛s give us praise.‛‛
Teacher Debs Harvey says the programme
is a voluntary one the senior students sign
‛It‛s doing them the world of good too,‛‛ she
says. ‛They are becoming role models for
Choosing a potential career can be a diffcult task,
made all the more complicated by the amount of
choices at your disposal. Year 11 Aurora students,
however, are getting a helping hand with decision
making by gaining frst hand knowledge of their
David Noble is studying agriculture through
Aurora and is experiencing the many facets of
working on a farm. He has milked cows, built
possum traps and will soon take on the task of
caring for baby chickens.
We get them at a day old and will be taking care
We have built heated boxes and will be feeding
each chick a different grain to see which works
best,‛‛ he says.
The chicks will be weighed daily and kept in the
classroom for three weeks.
David says he enjoys the hands on, physical work
the agriculture course provides him and farming
is defnitely something he wants to pursue
further when he fnishes school.
The Southern Institute of Technology (SIT)
also offers students a variety of courses they
can study whilst still attending school. Students
attend SIT on a Friday and course marks go
towards their NCEA. Peter Broomhall has been
involved in the Grass Kart course, where students
are expected to design, build and race a Grass
Kart within certain specifcations.
Six other Aurora students are in Peter‛s class
and he enjoys working as part of a team on the
We divide up the jobs between us,‛‛ he says.
‛I really enjoy the lathe work.‛‛
Once completed, the karts will be tested and
In October teams
will race in Gore.
of SIT‛s courses is
Maaka Roberts. He
has been studying a
catering course for the past month and has learnt
a number of new skills, such as cooking meat
properly, how to chop veges, baking skills and
discipline with dish washing.
There are nine students in Maaka‛s class and he is
fnding the whole course very rewarding, including
‛I don‛t mind constructive criticism,‛‛ he says.
Maaka has completed several other catering
courses and would defnitely like to become a
I‛m pretty good in the kitchen.‛‛
Both Peter and Maaka say the SIT tutors are
really great and all three boys are relishing the
opportunities they have been given to further
Often war is something young
people have very little knowledge of,
particularly those so far removed from
a war torn country.
Year 7 Aurora students were asked to
create a piece of art to promote peace,
with selected pieces chosen to form
part of the Art For Peace exhibition
at the Bank Art Gallery. Six drawings
from each class involved were framed
and students were taken to see the
fnished work. Parents were also invited.
Students were asked what peace meant
to them and this had to be represented
in their artwork.
AJ Haines drew a cross with a wall
dividing the two sides one of war, the
other of peace.
Peace to me means no harm or violence.‛‛
Caitlin Watt‛s piece depicted big bubbles
with inspirational words inside.
Peace means living together as friends
and no one getting killed,‛‛ she says.
Laura Beker says peace to her means
freedom and calm.
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