Northern News : January 18th 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 Can you see her braces? • 6 Month Smiles clear braces are virtually impossible to see • They'll gently straighten your teeth in just 6 months • Flexible payment options available • Free consultation www.kerikeridentalcentre.co.nz 6 Months Later Before FOR A FREE CONSULTATION CALL 0800 6 MONTHS Great Dentistry, Great Smiles Get your 6 Month Smile by March 30th and receive FREE TOOTH WHITENING Oturu's magical garden National winner: Principal Fraser Smith and some of the students of little Oturu School near Kaitaia which is the proud winner of the New Zealand Gardener Magazine's 2011 School Garden of the Year. Photo: NATHALIE GIACOMELLI A SMALL country school in the Far North is the tri- umphant winner of New Zea- land Gardener magazine s 2011 School Garden of the Year. It has won $1000 of Mitre 10 vouchers and $1000 of Kiwicare garden product. The Oturu Primary School team s innovative approach to gardening secured the win. The school keeps bees and grows fruit and vegetables and has also created a com- mercial kitchen. There it developed health and beauty products and marketed and sold honey, olive oil, jam, skin balm and insect repellent. The area battles with high unemployment so principal Fraser Smith wanted his students to see the benefit of entrepreneurial endeavours. He encouraged them to develop products, design labels and decide for them- selves what they wanted to do next. Allowing students to deter- mine their own path is seen as critical to their develop- ment. The kids said they wanted a shop to sell stuff so we built a registered kitchen, Mr Smith says. It s a full circle. I want these kids to develop a financial capability. But that s not quite on the cur- riculum yet. The students will decide how to spend their winnings. Winners of the gardening magazine competition were decided by public vote and Oturu s story captured the imagination of readers and locals alike. After their nomination the school received a lot of posi- tive feedback from residents. In fact we even had messages and cards from people we didn t know who were sympathetic to what we are trying to achieve. To top off the gardening award, 11-year-old student Te Amohaere Rudolph won a poetry competition You ve Got The Power and a cheque for $1000 for her school. She has decided to put the money into the school s enterprise programme, Mr Smith says. It will be used as a float to carry on with the kids work and hopefully double their income. It s about learning financial literacy too. Oturu School plans to con- tinue to develop new and improved products. We re employing a teacher fulltime to run our science and technology classes. It s about inventing more stuff.
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