Is homework really helpful?

It appears the age old battle with homework continues and even some of the old time excuses have rubbed off on Ashburton youngsters. Statements like; “the dog ate it” and “I’d hypnotise my mum so I didn’t have to do it” are among many reactions from Ashburton primary school children yesterday when they were quizzed … Continued

Georgia’s focused on rubbish

Car tyres and rusted gas canisters discarded on Wakanui Beach are not seen as the most attractive items. But to Ashburton College Year 13 photography student Georgia Guilford they have certain visual qualities. The 17-year-old is compiling her portfolio of work for the year, and chose Wakanui Beach as the setting, with its litter and … Continued

Teachers overcome student bombardment

Even when the teachers could not stamp their authority at the Ashburton College chess match yesterday – they still managed to come out on top. The annual event, that always tends to lose its shape, was played at its usual chaotic level as the student executives pushed the limits by throwing wave after wave of … Continued

Blue breaks Orange stranglehold at Ashburton College

By Myles Hume It was a day for some to make a mark and for others to leave a mark at a pivotal Ashburton College assembly on Monday. As the inspirational speeches of the departing head boy and girl left an impression on the 1200 pupils, it did not take long before the four candidates … Continued

Top start to season for rowers

By Jonathan Leask Ashburton College Rowing crews have had a successful first hit out of the season. The Aoraki 1000 regatta at Lake Ruataniwha at the weekend was the first competitive regatta of the season and for the squad’s novices their first official races, albeit over the half-distance of 1000m. College had 21 A final … Continued

Parents may have to cough up for school bus

By Myles Hume. Rakaia parents may have to fork out $72,000 if they want a bus to continue taking their children to Mt Hutt College next year. That could mean parents have to cough up $1600 per child to get to school, unless there is a miracle move to change the Transport Entitlement Zone (TEZ) … Continued

Drug dogs and tests axing ‘backward’

By Myles Hume. A “whole new gateway” to bring drugs and alcohol to school will swing open if a Government proposal goes ahead, says Ashburton College principal Grant McMillan. His comments come as it’s revealed sniffer dogs and drug tests may become a thing of the past if a draft Education Amendment Bill to ban … Continued

Primary cricket win

The Mid Canterbury Primary cricket team started their representative season with a win over Marlborough at Scargill Domain north of Amberley on Sunday. Playing under the primary tournament format, time limit not over limit, Marlborough made 136 all out in 50 overs. Louis McDonald the standout for Mid Canterbury taking 5/27 with Oscar Redfern 3/16 and … Continued

Mt Hutt College leaders see a community link

By Myles Hume. As the names of the deputy head boy and girl were read by Mt Hutt College principal John Schreurs, Alex Holmes and Rebecca Robinson had a sinking feeling it could be over. The thought of claiming the head boy and girl crowns for 2013 seemed just out of their reach. But only … Continued

Juniors in the spotlight

By Jonathan Leask. Mid Canterbury’s top junior tennis players stepped into the unknown last night at the Ashburton Trust Tennis Centre, contesting the Canterbury Challenger competition for the first time. Entering the competition is Mid Canterbury Tennis’ newest endeavour to aid the development of its junior talent with the local teams taking on the top … Continued