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NORTHERN OUTLOOK, DECEMBER 15, 2012
Young mentors share their
books at nursery school
BUDDING AUTHORS: Hollie Ward and Chynae Rigter
share their book Dave's Favourite Things with young
pupils from the Rangiora High School Nursery School.
After a recent trip to Hobbiton in Matamata, Dave may
be back in a sequel.
Rangiora High School Nursery School pupils
enjoyed a visit with a difference last week, when
Rangiora Borough School's class S6 stopped in to
share picture books they had written for the little
Year 7 teacher Susan Hill said the idea evolved
as the class was brainstorming a different
approach to its Building Healthy Communities
unit of inquiry.
We've really done the whole healthy eating
thing to death, so we decided to take the angle of
creating a healthy community by our students
being seen as role models and giving something
back,'' she said.
The idea is that a healthy community is one
founded on solid, positive relationships and story-
telling seemed a good place to start.''
Working in pairs, her students started by tak-
ing photos around Rangiora of sites and features
the nursery school children would know and then
building a tale around the pictures.
Some of the books featured lift-up flaps, while
others incorporated different textures for a more
Each had the young audience entranced as their
mentors read to them and encouraged comment
A lot of the class are ex-students of the nursery
school, so it seemed the perfect place to end the
exercise and to leave the books,'' Mrs Hill said.
The very best gift you
can give is your time
Forget the big ticket items, it is all
about big support this festive
season according to leading support
The Mental Health Foundation,
Wellbeing North Canterbury and
the Salvation Army all agree it is
more important to give the gift of
time than spending endless
amounts of money on presents.
Mental Health Foundation chief
executive Judi Clements said the
key message from the foundation is
to give the gift of time to the people
in your life this Christmas.
The financial and social obliga-
tions that sometimes accompany
Christmas can cause stress and
anxiety,'' Ms Clements said.
The foundation is calling for peo-
ple to connect and not be alone this
holiday season -- and has launched
a new Facebook campaign to pro-
mote the message.
A festive series will post daily
updates until Christmas Eve --
sharing ideas on how to have a con-
nected, happy, mentally healthy
and cost-effective holiday season.
Christchurch Salvation Army
Major Mike Allright said the fes-
tive season was a time of year to try
and support one another to create a
stress free environment.
Mr Allright said he would
encourage anyone who did not have
family or friends to connect with, to
visit their local church.
He said there was usually extra
services and activities running
through the holiday period.
Wellbeing North Canterbury
manager Deirdre Ryan said the fes-
tive season can be a stressful time
for many in the community.
It is easy for many of us to feel
stressed, overwhelmed and some-
times lonely at this time of year, so
if you feel that way make sure you
talk to someone.
A quick chat can really help.''
Ms Ryan supported the Skylight
organisation's 20 helpful tips to re-
energise over the Christmas break
called It's recharge time''.
The suggestions include turning
off the phone, computer, iPad or
TV, getting into nature, getting
away from noise, being kind to
yourself, avoiding appointments,
making sleep a priority and avoid-
ing stressful situations.
exercise daily, every so often taking
time to breath slowly and deeply.
Skylight has a range of support
information on their website (sky-
light.org.nz) for all ages, including
information on how to cope with
grief and loss during the Christmas
holidays and any special day.
Festive tips from the
Mental Health Foundation
Give vouchers to family and
An offer to walk the dog, mind
the kids or weed the garden will be
a wonderful Christmas present and
a great way to connect.
Ring or message friends you have
not spoken to in a while.
Goto alocalevent-- suchasfree
concerts, movies in parks, and Chr-
istmas light displays.
Spread some festive cheer by
sending cards to people.
Organise a get together with your
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