Manukau Courier : January 13th 2011
5 MANUKAU COURIER, JANUARY 13, 2011 NEWS * Off recommended retail price. Bikes may have been advertised and sold below retail from time to time. Mon Fri 9:00am 5:30pm Sat 9:00am 5:00pm. Sun 10:00am 5:00pm *O f f dd BIKE BARN OUTLET STORE 9 Ronwood Ave, Manukau Phone 09 551 0963 TOP SPECIFICATION QUALITY COMPONENTS BUILT TO LAST Were up t $229.99to to 9 9 NOW ONLY Y $165.00** Were up to $189.99o NOW ONLY Y $140.00** 12 12 16 16 * UILT TO LAST Mentors bridge gap between schools By JESSIE COLQUHOUN Leading the way: Nicole Hill, right, mentored Manurewa Intermediate student Jessica Whitney during her transition to high school. Jessica says her Mate taught her to ''always try''. Photo: SHANE WENZLICK Making the move from inter- mediate to high school is a little easier if you've got a friend by your side. A group of students from Manurewa Intermediate have been lucky enough to have just that, through the Mentoring and Tutoring Edu- cation Scheme (Mates) junior programme. Project leader Ann Dunphy says the scheme pairs year 8 students with a mentor -- a bachelor of education student from Auckland University. Intermediate students taking part are identified by their teachers as needing support or academic help. They meet once a week for two hours at Manurewa Intermediate and then for the first term of year 9 at James Cook High School, Manurewa High School or Alfriston Col- lege. During their time together the mentor helps the pupil with their school work but they also chat about everyday life. Manurewa Intermediate deputy principal Dianne Mac- Donald co-ordinates Mates at her school and says the tran- sition is a big time for teenagers''. The students benefit from having someone who knows them in an intermediate and high school setting. It's about them staying at high school and achieving. If we can set them up well they'll go on to do well later in life. It's an investment.'' At the receiving end of the programme is James Cook High School deputy principal John Brandon. He says there's a lack of understanding of the import- ance of the transition period, especially for vulnerable fam- ilies. Twenty-three-year-old Nic- ole Hill mentored Manurewa Intermediate student Jessica Whitney in her move to James Cook High School. Nicole joined the pro- gramme because she wanted to make a difference to a pupil who didn't get enough attention in the classroom. She looks back on her own experience of starting high school as tough. I was trying to tell Jessica the experience of my transi- tion so she knew what to expect,'' Nicole says. Since working with her Jessica has improved in maths and writing and has got some great exam tips and improved her attitude. IN BRIEF Jackson movie Manukau moviegoers have the chance to see the king of pop on the big screen for free tomorrow. Michael Jackson's This is It is part of the Auckland Council's free Movies In the Park series. The movie features edited footage from Michael Jackson's rehearsals and a behind-the-scenes look at his life. It's on at the Manukau Sports Bowl, Te Irirangi Drive, Otara, from 8.45pm. Entry is free. Summer sounds The sounds of summer will echo through Allenby Park this month. Summer Sounds In The Park is a series of free concerts put on by Auckland Council. They include performances by Allegro, the soul and Pacific blues sounds of Cydel and the Groovehouse, and Banda Latina's seven-piece beats of South America. They'll be performing at Allenby Park, 477 Great South Rd, Papatoetoe from 4pm to 6pm. January 15 -- Allegro. January 22 -- Cydel and the Groovehouse. January 29 -- Banda Latina. Summer Sounds In The Park runs until March. Check the events calendar at www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz for upcoming shows.
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