East and Bays Courier : March 28th 2012
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The programme works well for both auditory and visual learners. Sally and Peter were keen to talk to Craig about certain aspects of the mathsbuddy programme and the strategies best used when including it into their current mathematics programme at Straight A's. The teaching component within the programme was also an area that was discussed and the importance of aligning lessons with the numeracy project. "Giving our students the very best is paramount to us. We are an academic-based centre not a games- based one," says Sally, director of the centre. Sally went on to say "We are very fortunate to have Peter join our team this year. Peter brings with him a wealth of knowledge having come from his positionlastyear asSeniorLecturerinMathematics Education at The University of Auckland. Peter has had a huge involvement in the teaching of the numeracy project to graduate student teachers. He is now enjoying being able to put his teaching into practice at Straight A's." 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Record numbers of Kiwi school kids are donning sunglasses to protect their eyes against harmful UV exposure as part of Visique s popular Back to School campaign. Auckland kids, parents and teachers have embraced the nationwide campaign which launched at the start of the school term in Febru- ary and involves Visique handing out free sunnies to five-year-old new entrants in over 660 schools across the country. Back to School is in its eighth year and we ve been able to go out further afield than ever before to spread the word on eye health, Visique Frith and Laird optom- etrist Heather Laird says. It s more than giving away free sunglasses; it is about educating our youth, teachers and parents about the importance of protecting our eyes from the sun s harsh rays, especially when we are young. Most parents are aware of the critical need to protect their children s skin from UV exposure, yet few insist their chil- dren wear sunglasses. Through the Back to School campaign this year Visique has informed up to 175,000 students, 350,000 parents and more than 6600 teachers about the importance of children s vision care and the impact it can ultimately have on the learning pro- cess. Visique optometrists have also taken the time to visit local schools in person to talk to children about looking after their eyes. Research shows that that over 80 per cent of a child s learning is done visually, so if that visual sense is not working effectively, the learning ability will be severely affected. Young eyes have larger pupils, which let more light into the inner parts of the eye, includ- ing harmful UV rays. This can lead to long- term eye damage and cataracts, Visique Otahuhu optometrist Roma Sagta says. That s why it s important to teach young children about self-care from an early age so that they make a conscious effort to look after their eyes. Visique s free sun- glasses for new entrants campaign ends on March 31, so for those who haven t yet received their sunnies from school, there s still time. Visique practices are central to communities throughout New Zealand and we ve chosen to sup- port local schools, Visique Papakura optometrist Kristine Jensen says. However, if a school has missed out, parents can come into a Visique practice to receive their own voucher while stocks last. Visique is an estab- lished network of inde- pendent qualified optometrists that are 100 per cent Kiwi owned. For more information about the Back to School campaign visit www.visique.co.nz Opportunity for budding songwriters Auckland Libraries is running an exciting com- petition called Launch Your Lyrics for budding songwriters and musicians to celebrate NZ Music Month. The competition, to be judged during NZ Music Month in May, is open to Auckland Libraries members between the ages of 11 and 18 and gives first prize winners the opportunity to record their winning song. There are two categories, 11-14 years and 15-18 years, and prizes include: First prize: a recording session at Zeal Music Studios to record the winning song Runner up: $200 music voucher Two highly commended prizes: $100 music voucher. Song writing can be pretty hard sometimes, competition judge Rod- ney Fisher says. An internationally successful singer- songwriter himself, the Goodshirt front man will be on the lookout for original lyrics and emerging musical talent. Go to www.auckland- libraries.govt.nz for com- petition details and an entry form. Entries close on May 16 2012.
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