Wednesday February 15, 2017
Teacher headed to Tempe
Fresh ideas wanted for challenge
By Emma McAuliffe
A local teacher swapped her summer holidays for school books overseas and is encouraging others to do the same. New entrant’s teacher at Fernlea School, Prue McIvor, spent three weeks after Christmas in Tempe, Arizona as part of the Hutt Sister City Educator exchange. The exchange saw Prue host a teacher from Tempe for three weeks in the middle of last year. She was then hosted by the same teacher in Tempe. “We went away for a week first and then spent two weeks visiting schools and learning centres which was very interesting seeing things that were different and things that were the same,” Prue said. She said the underlying similarity between local schools and schools in Tempe were that teachers wanted students to achieve. “Some of the differences are the school day is longer than ours and their recesses are much shorter. Schools are much bigger. The average size of a primary school there was around 500 students,” she said. Prue said she would encourage other teachers to give the exchange a go. “There are no teachers going over in 2017 because no one in Lower Hutt applied. It would be great to see other teachers going in 2018. “It’s something I never thought I’d do. It was very enlightening. It’s a wonderful experience, you get to see things on a local level and you get to see things from a different perspective,” she said. For more information on the Hutt Sister City Foundation head to www.huttsistercities.org.nz
Locals with fresh ideas about healthy food are being sought after for this year’s healthy food challenge. The Hutt Real Food Challenge was designed to find and develop local, innovative and creative solutions to address some of Lower Hutt’s food issues, including making healthy food more accessible and making healthy choices easier for everyone. Challenge organisers are looking for local foodies, entrepreneurs, change makers and team players to come together for a one day food mission. The all day event provides a platform to explore and pitch ideas to make a real difference in the food system. Successful teams will be invited to a follow up support series to help turn their ideas into reality. The event is supported by Healthy Families Lower Hutt, Hutt City Council and social enterprise incubator Enspiral. Julia Milne, who will be catering the event with Common Unity Project, said she was happy to be supporting the event. “At Common Unity we are growing a number of community enterprises – from a bee collective to community gardens. We have so many ideas still to share. This will be the perfect place to come along to make some of them a reality,” she said. The Hutt Real Food Challenge will be taking place on Saturday, February 25 at the Pelorus Trust Sports House in Petone. Event is free however, registrations are essential. To register or for more information head to www.huttrealfood.nz.
Prue McIvor took part in a teacher exchange to Tempe, Arizona
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Wainuiomata News 15-02-17