Thursday August 17, 2017
Students reap international gold in first attempt By Jamie Adams
Wellington High School students and winners of the IYNT awards: Sai August, Anna Liu, Luke Roeven and Zuni Preece, with teacher Murray Chisholm. (Absent Tristan Harris and Ethan Wu). PHOTO: Jamie Adams
Art comes to quake-ravaged Tory Street A couple of local artists have begun creating artwork for the hoardings on Tory Street. T h e d e sig n is by a r t ist s Rut h Thomas-Edmond of Mt Victoria and Kirsty Lillico of Hataitai, the latter having recently won a Parkin Drawing prize. Ruth and Kirsty work from studios in the heritage building opposite the site and had shown an interest in developing an artwork since the building was cordoned off after the Nov 2016 earthquake. A work in progress, the second aspect of the project will involve more sculptural treatment to the surface – circular platforms and fins for children to stand/sit on and planters with native trees to add height and texture. The objective of the artwork is to activate and complement the grey, linear aspect of the street and building facades. The work will enliven, colour, pique people’s interest and draw them into the street.
Architecture students from Victoria University hosted two workshops as part of the Reimagine Tory Street project with residents and business owners, and a drop-in session where members of the public could share their ideas for the future of the area. They interpreted the feedback and came up with concepts which are in an exhibition at Reading Central that runs until August 20. The public can talk to the students and vote on their favourite concept at the site, or online. Winners will be announced shortly after the exhibition ends and the students will work with council to bring the project to fruition toward the end of the year. More information and links can be found on council’s Tory Street project page: wellington.govt.nz/your-council/ projects/lower-tory-street-project.
The Reimagine Tory Street artwork created by Ruth Thomas-Edmond and Kirsty Lillico. PHOTO: Supplied
Wellington High School has achieved the ultimate success in the field of naturalism – and in their first attempt, no less. Six science students and their teacher, Murray Chisholm, came away with gold medals after competing in the International Young Naturalist Tournament (IYNT) in Nanjing, China. It was the first time any New Zealand school took part in the competition and Murray said they entered it with a genuine belief they could win. “We have competed in similar tournaments in the Asia-Pacific with the under 16s and three of our students recently competed in the Gold Coast.” “You have to do practical work and a lot of research,” captain Luke Roeven said. “We contacted Auckland University and a Crown Research Institute in Rotorua to get expert help in our preparation.” According to the INYT website, the the June 29-July 5 tournament took the form of a scientific debate or “Science Fight” based on a collaborative approach between teams and involving co-operation between teachers and students aged 12-16.
Three teams of six are seated in a “fight room” before a panel of jurors. The first team reports a problem relating to physics, biology or chemistry and the second team of “opponents” challenges them. If the challenge is accepted, a member of the reporting team presents an eight-minute “solution talk” by which the opposing team can offer criticisms of any shortcomings. A third team then reviews the debate before the sides switch roles over two more stages. There were 18 teams from 11 countries, with China having six teams and Russia three teams. Representing New Zealand, the school took on Georgia and Croatia in the semi-final. “Students from those countries were from more than one school,” Murray said. They met Switzerland and a Chinese team in the final, with WHS’s solution, based on the problem of tonic water fluoresence, presented by Sai August. “We managed to win despite the hometown advantage which included Chinese jurors,” Murray said. “The beauty is the kids learn a lot. It doesn’t matter how they do in the end.”
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