Manukau Courier : February 22nd 2011
www.manukaucourier.co.nz Tuesday, February 22, 2011 3 UCKPV MGPVKIGTP OPEN DAYS MARCH 2 &15 BR - j5765/01 SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE - APPLICATIONS CLOSE 6 APRIL Register to attend 09 577 0677 www.saintkentigern.com Saint Kentigern School March 15 9.30 -11am 82 Shore Rd, Remuera Saint Kentigern School for Girls - Corran March 15 11am - 12.30pm 514 Remuera Rd Saint Kentigern Preschool March 15 11am - 12.30pm 514 Remuera Rd Saint Kentigern College March 2 9.30 -12pm 130 Pakuranga Rd Kids sign up for cup Welcome words: Lisa Reid and some of her students, from left: Damontei Alene, Bryston Takinui and Kololita Tuitupou, are working on a huge sign for the Rugby World Cup. Photo: TROELS SOMMERVILLE By TROELS SOMMERVILLE BIENVENIDO is the word at Mangere Central School. Students are turning the word -- meaning welcome in Spanish -- into a giant sign for this year s Rugby World Cup. It s part of a project by the Manukau Beautification Trust that will see 21 south Auckland schools spelling welcome in the language of a selected competing nation. The signs will be placed under the flightpaths of planes arriving at Auckland airport so passengers can see them from the air. Each letter will measure 8 metres by 4 metres so they ll be hard to miss -- even from up high. Mangere Central teacher Lisa Reid says it ll be a big project for her technology students. I didn t realise how big it was going to be until the materials arrived and there were rolls and rolls of weed mat. The students have decided to use blue, white and yellow bottle tops, plastic bags and icecream containers for their sign, which they will pin to the matting. Bryston Takinui, 11, says the kids also have a secret ingredient up their sleeve to go on the sign -- something that represents the school. To help get the recyclable materials they need the kids have already started writing letters to businesses asking for help. Students will also learn about the country whose sign they make. Twelve-year-old student Damontei Alene says it s going to be cool learning about Argentina and its language. He has already picked up on a few words like de nada meaning you re welcome . Miss Reid says it s a learn- ing curve for everyone involved, herself included. There were different reactions from different kids. Some were like: what is the Rugby World Cup? -- so I had to start from scratch. Intermediate students at the school will work on the project in groups of 10 for five weeks at a time until the sign is ready to be picked up on July 31. The school with the win- ning sign will receive $2500 with second and third getting $1000 and $500 respectively. Damontei says after learn- ing about Argentina his allegiances will be split half and half between the All Blacks and Los Pumas during the tournament. As a fervent All Blacks supporter that s not some- thing Miss Reid is too pleased about but she says she can accept it. We re rugby crazy. We all should be.
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