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North Canterbury Business Connecting Students to Literacy Program During Lockdown

A North Canterbury educational resource provider is aiming to provide a free login to its literacy development program to every school-aged child in New Zealand during the COVID-19 lockdown. The Learning Staircase, based in Rangiora, designs and retails top quality educational resources and software for learners of all ages including adults and learners with specific learning disabilities. Their StepsWeb online program lets learners improve their literacy, vocabulary, comprehension and verbal reasoning via research-based tools, games ...

Mayoral Update on Covid-19 Response - 25 March

Kia ora koutou.  Warm greetings to everyone in our community. In this first of my regular updates on the Covid-19 response, I want to acknowledge that for many of you it’s been a difficult week. I know there’s a high level of uncertainty and things are changing almost on a daily basis.   I need to reassure you that the Council is working extremely hard to support our community and ensure all our essential services - water, roading, ...

Council COVID19 Update - 24 March 2020

Waimakariri District Council staff are prepared to conduct as much business as possible online for the coming month as the nation moves to alert level 4 as of tomorrow. We encourage people to conduct business with us online or over the phone and will be posting regular updates on our website and social media channels regarding how we intend to maintain service levels within these new restrictions. New Waimakariri local info page launched The Council have published ...

Local Schools Championing the Environment

Loburn School and Peppertree Preschool were awarded Enviroschool certificates last week in recognition of their work inspiring future generations to be environmentally minded. Enviroschools is an environmental action based programme where young people are empowered to design and lead sustainability projects in their schools, neighbourhoods and country. The celebration was held at Environment Canterbury on Friday. Loburn School, who received a green-gold certificate, have developed a thriving natural environment, offering opportunities to learn about environmental sustainability including ...

Sponsorship boosts Cust School’s agricultural event

Students at Cust School enjoyed hands on learning at their recent agricultural day thanks to a community sponsorship initiative by Waimakariri Irrigation Limited (WIL). Teacher Eleanor Smith says being able to provide prizes and extras such as a giant pumpkin seed for each student to take home and grow really made the event stand out. “It was fantastic to have WIL sponsor the event because we were able to provide ribbons for each prize winner, along ...