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From Africa with love: Award winner shares her story Rita Angus Retirement Village caregiver Meserat Cherente has come a long way, and caring for others has always been an integral part of her life. Quietly spoken and humble, Meserat doesn’t easily accept praise but it’s not hard to see how much she is respected by her colleagues. In October, she was nominated by the village and her workmates for the Wellington South Rotary Pride of Workmanship Award. She was successful in gaining the award, which was recently presented to her by New Zealand Productivity Commission chairman Murray Sherwin of at a special ceremony in Kilbirnie. Born in Ethiopia, Meserat grew up in the politically unstable country torn apart by wars and ravaged by drought and famine. After finishing school, Meserat made plans to leave for Kenya, where there was freedom. “I had to leave secretly all by myself. I told my mum. It was hard

to leave them,” she says. “You have to make a choice - the situation was unstable. Even at home you might die.” Kenya offered her more opportunities. Meserat worked in a private hospital for an English woman who had lived in New Zealand. She helped Meserat find a sponsor in Christchurch and she set off for a new life. Meserat has worked for Ryman Healthcare since 2000, beginning at Ngaio Marsh Retirement Village in Christchurch. Her colleagues at Rita Angus have nominated her many times within the village for recognition of her work ethic. Meserat is surprised but delighted. “I just do my job, have a smile on my face and always try to be professional.” Meserat’s core principles in caregiving are summed up with: “Respect and dignity”. “Everyone is equal to me. They

Meserat Cherente with Rita Angus Retirement Village colleagues Krystyna Bostrovas, Fara Kiriau, Sunita Govind and Sue Coventry. PHOTO: Supplied

are just like my family.” The Rotary Pride of Workmanship award was launched as a

Rotary project in 1975. Its objective is to encourage pride in employees’ personal

performance and to encourage favourable employer/employee relationships

Graduation season to mark NZ Dance’s 50th anniversary

Wellington College appoints new principal

The New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) has played a significant role in shaping this country’s dance culture for half a century and its ambitious 50th Anniversary Graduation programme fittingly reflects its achievements and strong links to the Royal New Zealand Ballet. The season is an opportunity to witness the high calibre of students and the results of working with inspirational world-class tutors. Audiences at Wellington’s St James Theatre will be treated to an eclectic mix of visionary contemporary dance and classical ballet featuring outstanding choreography from NZSD alumni and teachers alongside international choreographic icons. “When the New Zealand School of Dance was founded in 1967, the driving force behind its creation was to provide well-trained dancers for the New Zealand Ballet which was to become the Royal New Zealand Ballet we know today,” NZSD director Garry Trinder says. “These anniversary performances bring full circle the hopes and wishes of our founders. The two institutions – although legally, organisationally and financially independent – will share the stage together continuing tradition into the future.” The programme’s classical works include George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Aria by American Val Caniparoli and Sir Kenneth

Wellington College will be getting a new principal as of next year. Gregor Fountain, currently principal of Paraparaumu College, takes over the role at the beginning of Term 2, 2018. Gregor has strong ties to Wellington College, as both an Old Boy and a former teacher at the school. He was head of the history department from 2003-2008 and deputy principal (responsible for learning and curriculum) from 2009-2013. Since 2013 he has led Paraparaumu College. Gregor is regarded as an inspiring, inclusive and forward-thinking educational leader, Wellington College board chair Peter Schuyt says. Since he became principal at Paraparaumu College, the school has made significant gains in achievement in both NCEA and scholarship pass rates. Its NCEA Level 2 pass rates in 2016 were the best in the college’s history. This year, Wellington College celebrated its 150th anniversary. The school has an outstanding reputation for its academic achievement and its strong cultural and sporting life. The role of principal, formerly headmaster, at Wellington College is one of the most prestigious appointments in New Zealand education and attracted very high quality candidates from across New Zealand and overseas, Peter says. “With the resignation of long-standing and popular headmaster Roger Moses, the board was looking for a combination of educational excellence, proven leadership, connection with boys and boys’ education and a modern and future focused vision of Wellington College and how it can best prepare boys for our rapidly changing world.” He says the board is confident Gregor has both the personal and professional skills to lead the college into its next “exciting” era.

New Zealand School of Dance students Hosanna Ball and Saul Newport. PHOTO: Stephen A’Court.

MacMillan’s Pas de Deux from Concerto, which will be performed by NZSD students alongside the virtuosic pas de deux from Don Quixote and William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated performed by the Royal New Zealand Ballet. The school has played a central role in commissioning works by New Zealand

choreographers, a significant example being The Bach by Arts Laureate Michael Parmenter, first performed at NZSD’s Graduation Season 2006. The talent of the school’s alumni is evident throughout the programme with commissioned works by graduates including Sarah Foster-Sproull, Victoria Columbus and current

RNZB dancer Loughlan Prior. Garry says the eclectic programme is a way of sharing NZ Dance’s special birthday, while congratulating their faculty, alumni and talented young dancers on 50 years of excellence and accomplishment.  The New Zealand School of Dance Graduation Season in on November 24-25.

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