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Local teacher wins national award Continued from page 1. The award Nicki has won is part of Marie Clay’s personal bequest that enables teachers like her to travel and learn more about the specialist field of literacy. Nicki is in her fifth year of teaching and brings a personal love of reading to her work. “I was a Harry Potter geek as a child. I’ve read every one of those books about seven times.”

As she moved into teaching, she found some inspiration from others, especially Robyn Thomson in the graduate teaching programme she attended in Christchurch. “I try to get kids passionate about reading,” says Nicki. “I want to focus on the enjoyment of it for this age group, over the mechanics of it.” It means she tries many different activities, and online

resources are an important source of ideas for them. It was Sally who drew her attention to the award and Nicki needed to describe the work she does. One important part of that was last year’s school-wide literacy intervention work on grammar. “I felt their enthusiasm for writing increased a lot.” Her award provides the funds for her to attend the New

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Zealand Literacy Association Conference in Palmerston North in October. “I’ll be able to take what I learn back to my colleagues at Wadestown School to share my professional development with them.” With the conference being so close to Wellington, there are funds left over. One fairly safe bet is that some of that money will be spent on books.

Matt Petrie, a social worker from the Home of Compassion, in the recently-opened garden project. PHOTO: Tania Parker

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Home of Compassion urban garden A miracle of community, generosity and ‘greenness’ has unfolded with the work done on a garden in the heart of Wellington city. Well ington’s homeless are gaining a sense of belonging as, thanks to the generosity of the Sisters of Compassion at the Soup

Kitchen, a prime piece of land, just off Tory Street, has been turned into an urban garden. It features a rongoā (Maori herb garden), a communal meeting area and raised garden bed boxes of fruit, vegetables and flowers. Matt Petrie, the social

worker who led the project, sa id the homeless were there most days from 8am waiting for the tool shed to be opened, with the vast majority of the garden being built by them. The fruit and vegetables from the garden is already being used to feed them at

the Soup Kitchen next door. Matt says the work they do is “phenomenal”. “They love the garden, they have taken ownership, they are proud of it and they want it to be wonderful.” He says the urban garden is also becoming a place of healing.

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