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Food and crafts on offer at fete
POPULAR: A scene from last year's fete.
THE 21ST Culverden Fete tomor-
row, from 10 am till 4pm, will be
bigger and better than ever, with 55
new stalls, organisers say.
Lou Davison said 200 stalls had
been selected for the popular pre-
Christmas event selling a huge
range of homemade food and crafts.
It's really exciting
all the different things people cre-
ate, and they are so beautifully
Though the weather would play a
part in determining the numbers
that arrived, it would not be
pivotal, Ms Davison said.
There's no such thing as bad
weather -- just the wrong clothing.''
Entertainment will include the
Catherine Wells Trio for the festive
food and wine area, and country
singer Matthew McNeally.
Ms Davison said the pre-paid
lunch on the tennis court of the
sheep and beef farm venue,
Wynyard, was almost sold out.
Christchurch chef Jonny Schwass
would work his magic with second-
ary cuts of lamb in The joy of spring
lamb, and the much-maligned lard
in The love of lard.
The fete attracted visitors from a
wide area and would be an enjoy-
able day out, Ms Davison said.
It's a lovely thing to do when
everything's stretching us so
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End-of-year exams have
some students on edge
EXAM TIME: Kaiapoi High students contemplate their upcoming exams. From left,
Mihi Pene,15, Jacinta Giles, 17, Kelleigh Rowe, 17, and Kurt Williams, 16.
By CATE BROUGHTON
THE BEST WAYS TO
Make a suitable preparation
space, and time within the family
schedule for preparation.
If able to, lend some of your own
Make sure your student is well
fed, well slept, in a good space,
and well prepared.
Have a certain amount of
evening time with no TV.
Model good emotional
responses to stress.
Help your young person plan
their week, to fit in study and other
activities -- as well as relaxation.
Ask them how you can best
Watch for signs of stress and
anxiety such as low energy levels,
eating and sleeping habits.
Contact the school if concerned.
MANY NORTH Canterbury house-
holds will be living in the shadow of
NCEA exams over the next few
weeks, as students put in their final
effort for the year.
However, while there were always
some students who struggled, for
many the assessment-based NCEA
system had taken the sting out of
end-of-year exams, said Kaiapoi
High School counsellor Rob Court-
Some people still get quite
anxious over that type of assessment
but the beauty of our system is that
many students have got over the line
before they get to the exams.''
Year 13 Kaiapoi High students
Kelleigh Rowe and Jacinta Giles
both reported being pretty relaxed
about their final exams.
Kelleigh said she already had the
credits she needed to do a hospitality
and management course at CPIT,
but still wanted to pass her final two
exams in drama and media studies.
I'm definitely going to do the
[CPIT] diploma but if, somehow, I
change my mind in the next couple of
years it gives me another road to
Jacinta hoped credits from a
drama exam would give her enough
to pass her level 3 NCEA, but would
not need them for the certificate in
fashion design at CPIT she wanted
Year 11 student Mihi Pene said
she was feeling fine'' about her
They are subjects I like, and also
I have passed level one. But I am
still going to try my hardest to pass
the exams because it will be good for
references when I am older.''
Kurt Williams, also in year 11,
said he was a little bit nervous.
But I know if I just focus in the
next couple of weeks I should nail it.''
Mr Courtney said parents could
help cultivate a culture of study to
support their child through exams.
Making sure their young person
was well fed, well slept, in a good
space, well prepared -- and that
becomes a culture you develop. In
the end, adults set the tone for what
happens at home, so if learning
achievement is held as something
that is important, then uncon-
sciously they will be doing things
that make sure those things are
taken on board.''
He advises parents to call the
school if they are concerned their
child is not coping with school work
and exam stress, or not putting in
the effort required.
If the school can't deal with it,
they are very well networked with a
number of agencies that can help.''
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