Wednesday November 1, 2017
Efficient learning with proper planning
A hidden treasure exposed
Year 12 students Charlotte Barber, Greta Brown, Victoria Hill, Gabriella Turner and Tamsin Cooper from Queen Margaret College designed a wellbeing calendar. PHOTOS: Supplied By Julia Czerwonatis
Wellington’s high school students wreck their brains at the moment in preparation of the end-of-the-year exams. Five students from Queen Margaret College have taken on the challenge to design an aide that will help them studying sustainably. “We have created a wellbeing planner as part of the council Shift Challenge,” Charlotte Barber explains. Shift was launched as a pilot project in March 2016 with funding
from Sport Wellington and the Ministry of Social Development to improve the wellbeing of young women. Wellington City Council aims to increase awareness of wellbeing through education and remodelling, reduce barriers to participation by providing fun, social lowcost physical activity opportunities, and empower young women to create change. Year 12 students Charlotte, Greta Brown, Victoria Hill, Gabriella Turner and Tamsim Cooper made their TogetHER Planner as part of
the programme. “We participated in a workshop in March where we learnt everything about running a social enterprise,” Greta says. “Then we had two months to plan out our business idea until we had to present in front of our peers and council representatives,” Victoria adds. The wellbeing planner is designed for year 11 to 13 students and helps them organise their pre-exam time efficiently. The girls say that for last year’s exam they were using several
planners which left all their notes scattered around and made their tasks overwhelming. “We have included several wellbeing and learning strategy tips in the planner,” Charlotte says. “There is space to set goals, inspirational texts from study and wellbeing experts, and we included a day-by-day planner to make especially study-leave much easier.” Proceeds from the TogetHER Planner will go towards the Malala Fund. Visit togetherplannernz. com to purchase.
Wellington is enhancing its Cultural Capital status with what is thought to be the world’s first permanent outdoor electronic art gallery on the city’s Golden Mile. “We’re taking the incredible collections hidden in museum and council archives and putting them onto the street where people can see them,” Andrew Hagen, creative director of the Urban Art Foundation, says. Situated on Lambton Quay at the corners of Johnston, Brandon and Panama Streets, three high quality electronic screens have been built by courtesy of Wellington City Council and outdoor advertising company Adshel as part of that company’s Giving Back to the Community initiative. The art screenings titled Hidden Treasures, interspersed with some advertising, will run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with new art arriving on a regular basis. The screens will be officially launched by Mayor Justin Lester this Thursday evening. “What most people don’t realise is that due to the lack of gallery space, only about seven percent of the art owned by New Zealand taxpayers and ratepayers is on display,” Andrew says. “This particular Urban Art initiative gives New Zealanders and tourists alike an opportunity to view at least some of this $568 million archive.”
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Independent Herald 01-11-17