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Tuesday October 3 2017

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Rangi international club raises money for cyclone hit Tonga Rangi Ruru Girls’ School head of the international club, Amy Chen, writes about raising funds for a school in Tonga devastated by a cyclone and the importance of being a global citizen There are about 60 members in the international club, including both international and domestic students from all over the world. Some now live here permanently, while some are international students with families overseas. Something we learn from our early years here is that we are global citizens; that we are part of a much bigger picture. I like to live my life by treating others how I want to be treated myself. And I think a good way to check yourself now and then is to make sure you are contributing to the lives of others and not making it all about you. We have fun in the international club, too, with occasional movie nights and club outings. Some girls help others settle in

CELEBRATION: Naylor Hillary and his great-grandson Henry Bissland cutting the cake with St Andrew’s rector Christine Leighton during the centenary ceremony.

St Andrew’s oldest alum dies

GLOBAL: International week at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School saw students embracing cultures from all over the world.

if they are new to New Zealand, while others have great energy and drive to keep the club going. Diversity is so important in life and at Rangi Ruru we are proud to celebrate it every day, while having a bit of fun too. International week at Rangi Ruru aimed to enable the girls at our school to become more engaged with different cultures and raise funds for a school in Tonga affected by Cyclone Winston. One of the highlights for me was the international food day,

where girls brought in food from their culture to share with the school and raise funds. St Andrew’s High School in Tonga is still struggling after Cyclone Winston more than a year ago. It was already under pressure as it was short of basic education necessities, such as stationery and school books. Being able to keep the maintenance up at St Andrew’s is almost considered a luxury. The school struggles to find enough money to do what it needs to do. Many of the families are struggling and unemployment is an issue. Because the school is funded from fees, it means there isn’t enough money for even the basics like books and other dayto-day needs We are very fortunate here in New Zealand, and especially being students at Rangi Ruru. We raised $1700 for St Andrew’s.

„„ By Julia Evans ST ANDREW’S oldest collegian has passed away. Naylor Hillary, 102, was part of the centenary celebrations at the college in March where he cut the cake. But it was way back at the beginning of 1929 that Mr Hillary first attended St Andrew’s. He moved into the boarding school from his family home in Opawa. “I have very pleasant memories of my time there,” he told Nor’West News in March. His son, grandsons and now great-grandson have all received their education at St Andrew’s. Rector Christine Leighton said Mr Hillary was a “special person”. “We are privileged to have had some special moments with him over these last few years,” Mrs Leighton said. The Papanui resident was also one of the oldest veterans of the Royal Air Force’s Tempsford 138

HISTORY: Naylor Hillary was a navigator during World War 2.

Special Duties Squadron, which he was a navigator for during World War 2. Until 1989, the existence of the squadron was so classified it had never been acknowledged. At the end of last year, Mr Hillary was awarded the French Legion d’Honneur medal by the French ambassador for his services during WW2. His daughter Pam Bissland said her father didn’t talk much about his life during the war.

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