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Top cadet's next test
By CATE BROUGHTON
POPPA: Sasha Seatter with her grandfather Peter
Preddy, who was with her when she was announced St
John South Island cadet of the year.
RANGIORA S SASHA Seatter has taken the title
of regional St John cadet of the year, and will
spend this weekend competing for the national
title in Auckland.
The 16-year-old Rangiora High School student
has been on an upward trajectory within the youth
wing of the organisation for the past four years,
but was still surprised when the news came at a
regional competition in Timaru last weekend.
I was happy. . . and a little shocked.
To earn the sought-after title, she had spent
years earning badges and competing in district
and regional competitions.
After winning district cadet of the year for Can-
terbury in August, Sasha had to put in an appli-
cation for the regional honour, perform an
impromptu speech and deliver a prepared speech
on what St John youth had given the organisation
in its 85-year history.
As regional cadet she will represent St John
youth throughout the South Island.
It s a chance to bring your own ideas and the
ideas of all the regional cadets to the national
Sasha s involvement in the youth wing began
when she was 10, and has given her confidence,
friends and a whole community to be part of.
It s given me something to work towards and
aim for, to push myself further.
The experience in the organisation had also
given her a focus for a future career.
I now have more of an interest in pursuing a
medical career. I m thinking I would like to work
in ambulance or trauma ER.
By CATE BROUGHTON
GET GROWING: Bright
children Layla McKinstry,
Caleb Spence, Annabelle
sowing seeds in old
GO HEALTH: Bright Horizons children Brianna Hurley, 4, and Ezra Bunting, 3, enjoy
Healthy eating, growing
A TWO-YEAR project to develop a
vegetable garden using recycled
materials has earned a small Oxford
preschool national recognition and a
mention on Breakfast TV.
Bright Horizons pre-school is one
of eight finalists in this year s
Mother Earth Reward competition.
Three winners will receive $2500
to spend on their project, and win-
ners of the people s choice award get
a further $500 for their efforts.
The preschool is one of 854
Enviroschools, supported by the
Enviroschools Foundation to develop
sustainability in schools and early
Mother Earth sponsors the foun-
dation and developed the reward
competition in 2011.
The selection as a finalist is recog-
nition of the pre-school s contribution
to the environment and promotion of
healthy eating in the community,
said owner Justin Fletcher.
The Enviroschools Foundation
gave the Fletchers a structure they
could use to apply their own environ-
It was part of our philosophy any-
way, but being a member of
Enviroschools has given us the
framework for putting those beliefs
Mr Fletcher and co-owner Mel
Fletcher said if they win they would
use the money to extend a fence to
enable children to enter their garden
whenever they wanted to for spon-
taneous gardening .
At the moment the garden is sep-
arated from the main area of the pre-
school and has to be visited with
strict adult supervision.
To complete the fencing project the
preschool needs $6000, Mr Fletcher
The preschool developed the
vegetable garden with donated recyc-
ling bins, tractor tyres, yoghurt con-
tainers, recycled water from the
school s water barrel and plenty of
support from parents.
Readers can vote for the Oxford
preschool at http://motherearth
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