Bongani Sikupa The football season was full on and, as always, packed with entertainment from the Boys 1st XI. This season there were some outstanding goals scored, along with some near misses, and wonderful saves. There were several Year 13s in the team this year so I am sure everyone will be looking forward to the fresh talent coming through next season. There was a massive intake of willing new faces, enough in fact to create a whole new team. We also welcomed a new coach, Mr Doug Mills.
In the end, the girls placed 9th overall, which was a great achievement for the first Karamu team ever to compete. My name is Alice and I strongly suggest you should take on Hockey. In Year 9 I was asked by my lovely step sister to help them out and join junior hockey. When the first game came around, I was very unsure what to do and was very nervous, but after I played I knew it was going to be great. Hockey is a team sport, you play as a team and think as a team! We started winning more games as we learnt that.
I can honestly say that hockey is one of my favourite sports! There is so much activity and fun in 1 hour. I am going to take hockey every single year for the rest of my time at Karamu because it is honestly great! One of my favourite moments of playing hockey was when it was pouring and was like 4 degrees and we still played! We still lost that game but the enjoyment that came out of it is what is important. I would like to say a big thanks to Amber and Miss Powdrell for teaching hockey this year and my wonderful team for making those terms the best terms ever!
Ki o Rahi at Karamu High School has really taken off, and this year has reflected massive success in both regional and national competitions. Ki o Rahi event. This was an amazing result and the fact that this team included many junior students means that Karamu is in good hands for future Ki o Rahi years.
This is a massive achievement for this team, and for our school. Hopefully the same success will be seen next year. Karamu had several groups entered but, with very tough competition from other schools in the region, we did not have a group make it into the finals. It was a highlight to see students from Year 9 to Year 13 working together towards a common goal. You also have to learn to be patient at times, as often groups have individuals of different. Everyone involved in chamber music developed their ability to work in a group, which I think is really fantastic as it is an important skill to have under your belt.
Later on in the year, a string group was put together for the Performing Arts Evening held in Term Four. Being a part of this group was a lot of fun and the Performing Arts Evening provided the perfect platform for everyone in the group to showcase their skills as individuals and as a group.
They both gave us great advice and help for our parts: Isaac Cox There has been a series of fresh changes to choir this year including new director Mrs Carol Della Barca coming in to take Coro Notabile, our auditioned choir at Karamu. All comers choir Ultimately Vocal and student led choir Nga Korimako also participated at Big Sing and gained positive comments from the adjudicator.
Any kind of performance is challenging, however, performing alongside a group of my friends after months of rehearsals and getting to know new people has given me five years of enjoyment. Choir for me is about having fun, but also being challenged and I feel that the choirs at Karamu have satisfied this for me.
Big thanks to Mrs Amanda Cooper, Jayleece Puriri and Mrs Carol Della Barca for directing the choirs this year — always keeping us motivated, on-task and sounding amazing! Students ran a variety of courses depending on their age and ability, varying in length from 2 to 5. Being my final year taking part in orienteering, I had the personal goal of placing top three in an event. One of our greatest team challenges was competing in the mixed pairs New Zealand Secondary Schools Rogaine competition.
With my team-mate Tahlia Hopkins Yr 13 we had 4 hours to collect as many controls as possible covering a huge distance of 27km. After completing the Rogaine in complete darkness and in the rain we managed to achieve 2nd place, an amazing personal achievement for myself and a proud moment for our team.
A rogaine is a long distance, team orienteering event, where you need to carefully plan your route and then navigate your way to your chosen checkpoints. Teams must choose which checkpoints to visit within a set time period to try and get the highest number of points. Our Karamu team took out 2nd place in the Mixed Grade, which was a fantastic effort. A special thank you to team captain, Stanley Chilton, who has been orienteering for Karamu since Year 9.
Stanley is an enthusiastic orienteer who has been very committed to the sport, always keen to proudly represent Karamu at school events around New Zealand, and his experience will certainly be missed. All teams are to be commended for their presentation, sportsmanship and enthusiasm throughout the season. All teams were competitive in their grades and it has been pleasing to see how far their skills have developed. Congratulations to Hikurangi and Wharite for winning their grade. A huge thank you to all coaches, managers, parents and whanau for your continued support throughout this year and over the years.
Yahaira Williams For my last year of Netball at Karamu, my goals for the team were to come in the top four again and to just enjoy my last season as captain. From there, we split into two different pools where we managed to come second in ours. We then went on to play as part of the top six teams of the grade. After a gap of 4 years, he re-joined the existing coaching team of Mr Andy Green as forwards coach and Mr Belz as Manager. This year the Karamu team featured one of the biggest forward packs in the competition.
Week in and week out they usually dominated opposition forward packs. Replacement frontrower, Brad Brider, ensured that Karamu always had a size advantage up front. TJ, one of the biggest players in the team impressed this year as he shifted from being a support player to one of our strongest ball carriers.
Supporting these two players were Morgan Nitschke and, later in the season, Noema Taunoa who really began to make his presence felt after shifting into the forwards from the backs. The backs were ably served by half back and our youngest regular for the team, Reuben Lyndon. We look forward to two further years from him in the first XV! This year our backs battled with settling on a regular line up at both first five and in the midfield as we lost Tyson Timu early on in the season.
This often forced regular second five Yvaan Hapuku-Lambert to cover the first five position which he did admirably. At centre, captain Reuben Hinton had an outstanding season in his 3rd and last year for the First XV leading the team well and scoring many individually brilliant tries, often creating something from nothing. This ensured Karamu was the top co-ed school in both Napier and Hastings. Karamu went on to lose to the well-drilled sides of Wanganui and Freyberg winning against twice against Taradale during the tournament. With so much to build on, the team is very much looking forward to next year!
Losing experienced seniors, the new and inexperienced juniors stepped up tremendously and added to the flavour of our team which helped us go through the season unbeaten. This game had everything from tries, line breaks, huge hits and drama as at one stage of the game, we had 3 people sin binned at the same time. This made the win of 19 to 5 even sweeter. This was a massive.
The improvement in these girls over this season has been outstanding as each of them stepped up in every game. Lastly, thank you to the coaches Mr Blake and Miss Maui, the supporters and the players. With all the effort put in by everyone this season would have not been possible. Stage Challenge is an event Karamu students, both experienced performers and those looking for fun, love to participate in every second year. The more daunting challenge was to avenge our previous placings, third in and second in , by gaining first place in However, the eight minute performance came from around eighty hours of hard work and strong Karamu spirit.
The process began in April when a group of Year 12 and 13 students were chosen as the leaders of all areas in the performance and production. Following the moving memorial held at Karamu commemorating years since World War I, the leading team chose to use the idea of war as the theme, specifically the way in which it is hard for us today to understand the hardships and sacrifices made by both the soldiers and nurses.
Working through auditions, choreography, set, costume and make up design, choice of music, placements for dances and so on was a lot to tackle. Also, putting over students from different performance backgrounds in the same room for five hour weekend practises,. A new family was formed within the school and the students never failed to support one another and have a good laugh.
To top this off further, the team also won ten other awards consisting of: I am so incredibly proud to be a Performing Arts Leader this year, as it is the overall experience in events like Stage Challenge that I know have such a positive impact on not only myself, but on so many other people involved, especially for Year 13 students this year.
After our Karamu swimming sports, our fastest swimmers were selected to then represent our school at this competition. They did this in fine form, with many of our swimmers placing in races, and achieving. The students in this team commented that this year they had a larger Karamu team than ever before, which is a testimony to how many fantastic Junior swimmers we have recently gained.
Therefore, Mrs Sarah Gunn who is in charge of this group, hopes to see Karamu continuing to succeed at inter school swimming sports in the next few years to come, and it sure is looking hopeful! Ruby Brett then went on to compete at the North Island Colgate. Games where she made it to finals. She also competed in the Potts Classic Event where she placed 1st in the m and m and placed 2nd in the m and m in the under 14 female category. Nick Palmer went to the New Zealand Championships where he placed 4th in Shotput and 6th in Hammer in the under 18 male category.
His next event is the National Secondary School Championships where he hopes to place 1st in Shotput in the under 16 male category. It was brilliant to have four teams with a variety of skill levels and ages, and each team had great success this year. The mixed competitive team also had great success,. This team then moved on to compete at Zones, hoping to qualify for Nationals.
Although they were unable to place as highly as they had aspired, they placed sixth in a very competitive competition which is immensely credible. Our coach Mr Crawford improved our skills a lot! This win gave the team entry to the Nationals held in Taupo later in the month. The team placed a very creditable sixth in the Under section. This was a very good result and the first time our Senior Boys had won this title. Overall, it was an enjoyable and rewarding season and would not have been possible without the support of the school and especially Mrs Emma Wiggins, Mr Damien Hollands, Mrs Kirsty van Rijk, who week in week out took the teams across to Napier for their games.
Our Senior students, some of whom have played for the entire five years of their time at Karamu High School, have grown in skill and maturity, displayed when representing our school on the court. The year looked very promising with the appointment of a new coach, Mr Lepani Temo who brought in a fresh set of skills and tactics to the games.
One of the biggest achievements was our top Senior Girls and Senior Boys teams playing in the top division. While none of our teams placed in the grade, the teams can both be very proud of themselves for the way they represented Karamu at every game. A big thank you to the staff who organised, coached and transported teams throughout the season — especially Mr Hollands. Our Junior teams have performed well and the long winter coaching sessions with the junior boys is now starting to payoff with some good wins early in the Term Four season.
Our Senior Girls finished around the top of their pools and the increase in skill level, especially in the service area, has been fantastic to see. The Senior Boys team continued to grow and, with the guidance of Mr Temo performed well in the top division, with some tough. As always the weight room was a great place to be this year with everyone working together towards their individual goals. The camaraderie and respect for each other and the weight room itself has been to the highest standard and I congratulate everyone for a sensational year.
We specifically remember the landings at Gallipoli in the First World War, especially this year, years since that happened. What does it mean to you? It can be hard to imagine what anything that happened years ago was like. We are told dates, places, times; we are told numbers. How does any of that become real to us, here, now?
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After the landing on Gallipoli beach, the campaign, or battles, went on for another 8 months. More names, dates, but what was it actually like to be waiting at the bottom of that hill, readying for the attack? I think I know what it might have been like for my grandfather Alexander Mackenzie who was a part of that. My grandfather, Alexander would have looked around himself.
He would have seen his cousins, his brother. So, look around you, how many might you have known? Then they began the fight to win the hill, Chunuk Bair. Picture Te Mata Peak, and you have to get to the top, by walking, crawling, climbing. There were no roads, no airplanes to help out. You have to carry all the weapons and ammunition you need and, on the top, along the ridge, firing down on you are machine guns, mortars firing shells, bombs.
Hundreds of soldiers are up on the top of the ridge, protected behind bunkers and dirt walls. Have you looked at Te Mata Peak lately? Unbelievably, they got to the top. Well, not all of them. Only 70 made it. Imagine the people around you, your friends, relatives. Alexander made it to the top with those few other people.
He had seen his friends die beside him. But he got there, fought off the Turkish soldiers, and in that moment a metal shell fragment tore through his neck. With help from a comrade, he dragged himself down that hill to the beach below. It is no coincidence that near the top of Te Mata Peak is the ANZAC memorial pine, planted in memory of those who did not get back down that hill so long ago, so far away from their home.
That was not the end of the war for Alexander, he went on to fight on other battlefields, wounded twice more, before finally coming home. He lost many many friends, cousins and his brother. We commemorate or co —memorate. We join together and remember, because, if we forget, they are gone completely.
They only live in our memories. So please, as you grow older, continue to commemorate this day, not just for ANZAC soldiers from , but for all those New Zealanders who, in the past and now, walk toward danger while we stay safe at home. The biggest driving force for any Karamu High School student to get involved is to show them that they are helping the community.
Relay for Life is an event run every year, in every region of New Zealand, dedicated to raising money for the Cancer Society. Teams fundraise and then spend 20 hours out on the track, completing as many laps as possible. The event requires major commitment, as was evident amongst the 50 students involved, Mr Tom Blake, Mrs Amanda Cooper and a few more individuals that made up our team.
The event began at 3: Out on the track, our runners began doing laps all by themselves, however, as time went on we quickly transitioned to m sprints by 7: Off the track, our team could be found relaxing at our site, bonding over sore muscles and participating in extra activities. Unfortunately, our all-star basketball teams did not make the final, but our menacing tug of war squad went away as winners.
As darkness fell, members were either sprinting their share of the effort or resting their bodies. Our team pushed through the challenge during the early hours, as many other teams continued to sleep. Some were so dedicated to the cause that we had to drag them away from the track. Luckily, our Juniors returned at 7: The team continued to sprint for the next three hours, with the release of thousands of purple balloons marking the end of the event at In the end, Karamu High School ran over kilometres, coming third overall.
But the best result was that the team had participated in the first place. Without the team putting their hand up, Karamu High School would never had entered the event, we would never had made so many great memories with each other and we would never had participated in such a fantastic weekend that is so important, not only to Karamu students and staff, but to our whole community. I would like to thank every student that was involved in the team, as they all represented our school extremely well by putting in such a massive effort.
The 40 Hour Famine has always been something Karamu students enjoy getting involved with and this year was no different. With an overwhelming response from the Year 13 group, it was arranged that our year group would contribute to the cause by half going without sleep and the other half, without food. Each of the halves. The night started with plenty of energy, with dodge ball, tag and basketball being played at the gym. This was only the start of a very long night. Since spending time with the people there in the New Year, I felt an extremely personal connection to the House and the support they offer families from across New Zealand.
For my family, the house took us in when we had to travel to Wellington after my brother had suffered a brain bleed.
Ronald McDonald House gave my family a temporary and the people there felt like your temporary family. It was because of the selfless work that the house had done that I was inspired to give back. Wellington Ronald McDonald House. They gave us a tour of the house which reminded me again of the selfless care that these people have for all New Zealanders that stay there. The money was given and the House was extremely grateful to the Karamu students who had all pitched in.
This donation was one that will help so many families just like my own. The day consisted of students coming to school in mufti clothing and bringing a donation towards Ronald McDonald House in Wellington. Later in the day there was a sausage sizzle, bake sale and an opportunity to throw wet sponges at teachers and other students.
All money collected would go to the House. In first period we went around classrooms collecting the mufti money. The response warmed my heart. I could not believe the support our school was showing to this amazing cause. The school came together as a family on this day, as a Year 12 student I have never felt so much love and support within a school.
It was a day that will be cherished for years to come. After a quick clean up, we all dashed home to our beds for some much needed rest. The night was a fun twist on the traditional 40 Hour Famine but it made us truly think about the sort of things that people in. Bangladesh have to go without every day. It was an eye opening experience for all involved and was a great way to strengthen the bonds within our Year 13 group. Placed fourth in the Under 18 Shotput and fifth in the Hammer.
Placed first on rings. Science, Engineering and Environment. The main judging is done by people in industry and from the Royal Society. Placed 5th in the Short Course and 7th in the Long Course. This is the third year that the Academic Institute has operated. As part of the programme, a number of the Academic Institute members have given academic tutoring and have mentored other students. Our Patron, Dr Karen Cooper, continues to support the Institute as well as suggesting some very suitable speakers.
We are grateful to our sponsor s for their on-going support, especially The PaperPlus group of stores. The Academic Institute has enjoyed a number of workshops from successful business people. The year started with the students hearing the career journey of Patron Dr Karen Cooper. Jenny Brown who represents Callaghan Innovation in Hawke,s Bay which assists businesses to grow through innovation gave an interactive presentation that included an insight into purpose designed school furniture, SIRtrack, Food packaging and Robotics.
Mike Purchas discussed the academic and professional journey he took to become an entrepreneur and highly successful respected business leader in the IT and digital. His presentation helped the students appreciate the speed at which technology is expanding and its affect. The final presentation for the year was from Professor Paul Spoonley — Pro Vice Chancellor of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University - who focussed on the changing job market and what important skills are needed.
Careers have this year focussed on the Ministry Initiative of Future Pathways. Careers is supporting students to gain these Sector related credits via career related subjects we offer at Karamu High School — Tourism, Building and Hospitality. Careers supports other students to gain their Sector related credits through Outside Providers, e. Our Gateway programme has allowed a number of. We are always very grateful for the support that these employers give our students. We aim to expose students to a range of Career options through providers who visit the school to talk to our students or we take groups of students to a variety of businesses and expose, e.
Horticulture, Engineering, Architecture and Johnny Appleseed. Each of the Universities and EIT discuss career and study options with our students which are later followed up with visits to the institutions and support in applying for Scholarships. We now have a large screen for use by teachers and library staff, which made a great electronic scoreboard for the quiz, among other things! Our book spine poetry competition got almost a hundred entries! Book Club continues to meet regularly to discuss books and set the world to rights. The librarians this year are: Big thanks to them for all their help.
Fast, beautiful and always in use. Our upgraded library homepage means students can reserve and re-issue their books on-line from home, as well as to access e-books and databases from home. The students have enjoyed a wide range of opportunities to enrich and expand on their love for communication and literature. This context and focus for teaching and learning has been developed and reinforced at all year levels.
Communication is the cornerstone of our course. Students develop the skills to communicate visually, orally and in written form. As citizens of an ever evolving world, the skills and ability to decipher and decode language and present an informed understanding of what they see will become more important than ever. The ideas explored through literature and film provide further knowledge and understanding of aspects of the world we live in and the situations we will come across in the future.
Debating and Extension Writing are two of the extra curricular activities offered. Our extension writing students have met on a regular basis to develop and workshop their writing. We also ran the second Annual. After the success of the first year, we pushed the boundaries and developed this concept further. This year, we had five young writers from Wellington run workshops and keynote speeches for our enthusiastic students. The comments they made included how much they enjoyed the variety of advice, and the ability to workshop their writing with young and talented writers.
After an amazing year we are looking forward to Our team of dedicated and passionate teachers are always looking for new ways to inspire and motivate our students. It is thanks to student leaders who took the reins in both hands and organized activities to make every event a success. He waka eke noa, mauri ora.
The enthusiasm from the students has led to increases in class sizes in the junior school and the organisation of a trip to Japan next year together with the Maori language students. We are also looking forward to repeating the fun of hosting Japanese students from the Kobe area in August of next year. As the main entry requirement into both courses in Year 12 Mathematics and Statistics, the students work hard and the tutorials were well attended.
Hopefully, their efforts will be rewarded and improve upon the results garnered last year. Mathematics has continued a programme, started 2 years ago, which involves Year 13 Calculus and Statistics students tutoring struggling students in the junior school. This has been taking place after school in the faculty where they can access the resources of the faculty.
Each judge is responsible for two teams of three primary or intermediate school students.
The students get to experience the Mathematics behind the game Tetris and maintenance of stadium fields. They also learnt how to prepare, make and serve hot and cold sandwiches for a commercial setting. Helping others aided me in so many ways. Our extension writing students have met on a regular basis to develop and workshop their writing. This was a massive. He, along with his wife Alaina, own and operate Michelson Land and Cattle and have raised and exhibited champions across Canada and the United States. We are also looking forward to repeating the fun of hosting Japanese students from the Kobe area in August of next year.
The faculty is proud of this tradition and every year we gladly sent 25 of our brightest Year 11 and Year 12 leaders to partake in the event. In addition, we welcomed the Accelerate Year 8 Mathematics class to Karamu. High School for two separate Mathematics extension sessions. The students get to experience the Mathematics behind the game Tetris and maintenance of stadium fields. Last year was the first time electronic devices were allowed and encouraged to be used in the classroom: The Faculty of Mathematics is very proud of what we offer students both in and outside the classroom.
We are always looking for new and exciting opportunities for the students and are already looking ahead to Every year Haka keeps getting better and better, and the un balance routines are always a laugh. This year students gained unit standards using the Mud Run at Level 2 and power lifting Level 3. Mr Aron Noble introduced a new level three course based around the Weights Gym.
There were a number of placings and awards gained. Congratulations to all involved! Geophysics Mr Philip Chamberlain and a group of science students spent a day at the National Aquarium in Napier learning about tectonic subduction zones with Dr Laura Wallace, from the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics, and other scientists. Coco Kerckhoffs and Yahaira Williams attended the science summer schools provided by both Waikato and Otago Universities.
Ms Torrey has been a valued member of the Karamu Science Faculty and will be greatly missed. Everyone had an amazing time and learnt so much about the conservation of our special flora and fauna. Observing wild Kaka feeding and using walkie talkies on the Tumanako track walk were also memorable. Whilst there, the students carried out several Analytical Chemistry Techniques including solvent extraction, thin layer chromatography, acid-base reactions, oxidation and visible light spectroscopy.
They worked in small teams to extract anthocyanins by heating with selective solvent under reflux. They then subjected their extracts to several analyses in order to determine some clues about its structure. The students thoroughly enjoyed their experience and the Massey University staff thoroughly enjoyed teaching them. The topics and techniques were of relevance to topics being taught in school and so it was a very useful experience for all concerned. His talk ranged from the loss of biodiversity, the importance of insects, the Cape to City programme aimed at eradicating pests in order that native species could flourish, and the importance of environmental education.
The talk focussed on the migration of Modern humans out of Africa and the interactions with Neanderthal and Denisovan people. The molecular evidence suggests that all non-African people have on average between 1. Another point of interest was how far technology has come in accurately dating ancient bone and DNA, as well as how rapidly new information is being discovered. Human evolution is covered in detail in the Level 3 Biology programme which made the talk even more relevant to our students. Everyone was excited to meet with Professor Higham after the lecture. Students worked in groups using their biological skills and knowledge to complete the Department of Conservation Kiwi Ranger Programme.
Students learned about the many adaptations plants and animals require in order to survive in such an extreme environment. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, students discovered via experience that the mud at the estuary is full of life with many fascinating interrelationships. The trip was rewarding for both students and teachers, students were respectful of the environment and each other and a good time was had by all.
Summer Wynyard Getting to travel 17 days through three different countries with my friends was an experience of a lifetime. I am so fortunate to have not only learnt more about the world of science, but also more about the world in general, which I find is important looking towards the future. Along the way we learnt to become independent and to rely on ourselves instead of our parents. We met people of different cultures and different backgrounds who taught us a lot about life outside of New Zealand. Our world opened up to different possibilities and career opportunities that we had never even known existed.
Ultimately, this trip opened my eyes to the world of science and how seriously vast and complex it is. From seeing the many different museums across Europe and experiencing all that they have to offer — radiology, particle accelerators, plasma research,. The trip also encouraged me to pursue a career in health sciences.
I am fortunate to have learnt more about the history of the world I live in. I value the understanding I have gained about the different people — their cultures and their beliefs. Looking at their lives and the way they live has made me feel grateful I live in such a free and beautiful country. I recommend this trip to those students who have a thirst for knowledge in history, our modern day world, science, people and culture.
Know that every day will be filled with planned activities so I recommend bringing good walking shoes. Be hungry to learn as much as you can and remind yourself that you may never be there again so spend every day maximising the opportunities that lay in front of you. Photos on this page from top right to left: We get to have a lot of fun with our Social Studies programme — often looking at contexts from student choice so it can be very different from year to year. Learning about our world and the people who inhabit it is the main drive behind the subject.
The topics covered are diverse and aim to inform and challenge existing perceptions. Co-operative learning activities such as forming production companies to write, direct, act and edit Consumer Movies and forming Charities as part of the Human Rights topic are just two such examples. Other topics have included learning about Gallipoli and different leadership styles of people from around the globe. Geography was another exciting year in the Geography. There were field trips a plenty and many opportunities for students to gain some great results.
A brand new set of computers for the Social Sciences meant more students were able to work on assessments digitally and present some very professional looking work. Topics across the three levels are a mix of both natural and human geography — and based on local, national and global contexts. Highlights from the year include the annual Year 13 trip to the Tongariro National Park, where a number of students are challenged mentally and physically to complete the climb.
The trip out along the Napier Coastline with Year 11 students studying coastal erosion, and up into the skies with the Year 12s who were researching urban planning, were also very successful. The Great China Face Race was followed closely by a number of students this year with one student narrowly missing out on winning the competition. This was a fabulous experience for our students. We have completed our fourth History Trip to Europe, changing the itinerary slightly to include a five day bus tour of Europe.
Dachau was very memorable. There were lots of highlights on this tour which will be written about elsewhere in this magazine. World events nicely tied in with the topics we studied in class. Race riots continue in the U. Religious War and its devastating impact on society was the theme of Year 13 and this is reflected with ISUS activities around Europe and particularly in Syria.
On a lighter note, we took four teams to the annual Secondary Schools History Quiz, taking out 2nd and 7th places in the senior section and 2nd and third in the Yr 11 section. Yes, it was another good year in History. Business Studies has seen many small businesses begin their journey at Karamu High School. Year 10 Market Day Market Day has continued to be an event looked forward to both by the students presenting it and the rest of the school! With three Market Days being run this year, many Year 10 business teams worked hard on developing business plans and products to present to the rest of the students in the school.
The many hours of preparation bring a variety of products usually food! Market Day has continued to be a highlight for Year 10 students as they not only put their skills into practice, it also provides them with the opportunity to pick up 6 Level 1 credits towards their NCEA. The Business Challenge is a three day programme sponsored by BP and presented by the Young Enterprise Trust to give students the opportunity to learn skills such as teamwork, presentation and time management in a friendly, familiar and competitive environment.
Karamu High School made up 4 of the 6 teams who were in the finals and picked up a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place. On Thursday 2 April, 24 students, three teachers and three adults set off for the History Trip.
After 27 hours of flying time alone, we arrived at Heathrow Airport, tired but excited to be on the other side of the world. We spent six nights in London. We then began the most hectic three days with our London Pass. Mrs Tracey Taylor fitted in the most insane amount of sights, some of which were: A few highlights for me personally in London were going to see Wicked, ice skating and the Imperial War Museum. We then took the Eurostar to our next destination, Paris.
We stayed in Paris and whilst there we met up with the Karamu Science trip. After Paris we began our five-day bus tour through Germany and Austria to Venice. Our next destination was Rothenburg, an old medieval town and very picturesque. We had a tour around the Nuremberg Rally grounds. It was an incredible feeling to stand where Hitler once stood. Our final night in Germany was in Munich.
On our way to our hostel we went to Dachau Concentration camp. Dachau was the first concentration camp and set up as a model for others. We even saw the crematorium and walked through the gas chambers. Our only night in Austria was in Salzburg, with a free day and we all enjoyed the sunshine and explored the city. Traveling to Venice from Salzburg took seven hours, through many mountains. Our bus driver stopped to let us touch the snow, for some it was the first time they had touched snow.
Arriving in Venice we took a vaporato , a water taxi to San Marco. Our bus trip from Venice to Rome took eight hours and by now we were well accustomed to sleeping sitting upright. Our second day we had a guided tour through the Vatican and Sistine Chapel and saw the Spanish Steps. Then we flew to Singapore for two nights, three days. We were not allowed to sleep so that we would adjust to the time zone change so we were all very exhausted.
We spent the day swimming at Sentosa Island and shopping both at a mall and the markets. Dr Les Buckley, Karamu High School Board of Trustees member, met us and took us to a very local cafeteria where we were able to sample many different local foods. That night we flew to Auckland and we arrived home on the 25 April. The History Trip has to be one of the best things you can do, it is worth every dollar and lets you experience so much. As the dust has settled and the portfolios and performances have been done, we can reflect on a year that has seen public exhibitions and performances where our students have shown their skill and determination to express themselves through their Art.
This would not be possible if not for the long hours all the members of the faculty, both staff and students, have put into their work. There have been many nights when the rest of the school have left for the day and the lights are still on in the studios with students putting the finishing touches to their masterpieces. As a faculty we have tasted success on several occasions over the year. Music What a fantastic year we have had in Music.
From our success with Coro Notabile in the Big Sing Festival, through to the wonderful experience of the Performing Arts Tour to Wellington in September, it has been very busy for us all. It has been a very productive year with a lot of positive feedback about the quality of our students at Karamu High School and the wonderful variety of performers we have.
Drama Drama in has been a bumper year for quality work by the students.
The highlights of each year are the Class Plays. We used the performance space in our Performing Arts room for both these shows with great success. Prospective NCEA Scholarship students attended a workshop and learnt about the expectations of this practical exam. In September, we travelled to Wellington for a Performing Arts Tour to experience first hand what tertiary opportunities there are for Drama students.
At Arts Evening Showcase, our students displayed their versatility once again. In November, a team of Junior Drama students attended an Improvisation evening to showcase their skills in competition with other schools in the area. It has been a very full and productive year for Drama. Dance Another busy and successful year of Dance has come to an end. The first challenge for the year was preparing our entry for the Stage Challenge competition, which Karamu enters every second year. There was a large team of Year 12 and 13 students who lead the production, being responsible for the concept, creation, running of rehearsals and organisation of over students involved in the competition team.
This was followed up with a Dance showcase where the Stage Challenge team got another chance to perform their winning piece for friends and whanau along with performances from various groups across all levels of Dance classes. Some of these groups also performed at our open evening, entertaining prospective students and parents as they were shown around the school. An enthusiastic group of juniors came up with a set of seven different dances that they performed while parading around Hastings. A small group of Dance students were also involved in the Performing Arts Tour that happened for the first time this year.
They went down to Wellington for four days where they had the chance to perform and travel around various Performing Arts schools and see performances by well reputed groups. It is important that our students know the options for career pathways in this area and have a chance to experience that as they are making their decisions for post-secondary education. In Term Four, the Arts Faculty put on a war themed showcase in which several dance groups performed across a range of styles.
The Dance students also had an assessment afternoon to finish off their performances for the year. Year 13 students Chantel Slade, Alana Rowsell and Sarah Morley worked with Year 9, 10 and 11 students, teaching them a dance that they had conceptualized and choreographed themselves. It was great to see these seniors taking total creative control and giving younger students more performance opportunities.
The year has gone by so quickly with a lot of Dance packed in and we are all looking forward to the challenges, learning and performance opportunities that next year will bring. Hera was rewarded with a well-deserved 3rd place for Female Leader. As well as this, we supported Kahuranaki Marae year centenary by helping with the restoration of tukutuku panels in the Whare Tipuna. With more performances and events booked for Term Four, we will continue to be busy supporting Hastings and proudly representing our school up until the end of the school year.
Media studies Media Studies has had a productive and successful year at both junior and senior level. Our Year 9 students have been the biggest yet, producing work of a high standard in both practical and theoretical parts of the course. Our seniors have really shone in their production pieces, with many gaining Excellence for highly entertaining short films.
We are looking forward to making this trip an annual event and perhaps work towards an Arts trip further afield in the next year or so. Art and Photography The participation in the Art and Photography programme continues to grow and change especially in the digital based aspects of the course. The Year 12 Photography camps to Blackhead Beach were another great success along with the Year 12 Exhibition in which many of our students sold works for the first time. The Junior programme has seen some great talent emerge and the future looks exciting. Whilst in previous years this tour was limited to music students at Karamu High School, opened up even more opportunities, and all of those involved in extra-curricular Performing Arts groups were welcomed.
During these four days, there were several key stops in Wellington — Toi Whakaari: As well as workshops, we also had the time to sit back and experience the varied talent from Whitireia and listen to a breath-taking performance by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. We also had the opportunity to showcase our talents at Mt Cook School. This, I know, was another highlight for majority of the students on tour. Whitireia was surreal, showed everyone that you can choose the performing arts as a career path and that there are so many places to choose from just in the Wellington area.
An experience I know many of us will never forget, was at Whitireia Performance Centre. Most people on the Performing Arts tour were dancers, singers and actors — so the workshops which revolved around hip hop, singing and drama were enjoyable and. Well, this was just one of the many quirky and eye opening learning curves I experienced on the Year 12 Photography Camp. Upon arrival we were armed with cameras and spent most of the day shooting, re-grouping, sharing and reflecting on our work. Before leaving the next day, we were even able to try our hand at some night photography and early morning shoots.
Blackhead Beach was a location rich in a range of photographic material, from a bathroom sink in the roof and rustic farm buildings, to sunset seascapes and an abundant collection of wildlife. I would say the most advantageous part of the trip was that we were not only in an environment perfect for photography, but we were also equipped with the necessary resources to make the most of this opportunity.
A few of my other favourites were opting to ditch our quarters and sleep amongst our class mates under the stars, and creating a fully functional bowling alley with empty water bottles. A highlight for all the classes was the night photography. This involved a barricade of tripods mounted with cameras, students frantically waving glow sticks and drawing with LED lights or in my case, running around wrapped in Christmas lights. I think, in a way, this statement also sums up the overall experience of the Year 12 Photography Camps.
It was a great way to kick start the year, not only learning loads but getting to know our teachers and classmates as well. This year has been the most innovative at Level 3. Year 13 Angus Fulford created a wind turbine.
He designed and made the turbine blade from mainly fibreglass with some of the other components being outsourced. A washing machine motor with the terminals reversed creates the generator. His uncle gets the rewards of the work and has to build the tower to house the turbine. Angus is entering Scholarship with this project. A cavitometer is a device designed to remotely monitor the nest cavities of Kea and send the information out via VHF radio so that DOC staff can more closely monitor the chick survival of these birds.
During the July holidays, William took seven of these cavitometers down to the West Coast to trial for the Department of Conservation. Following testing, they have requested 10 more. This is an exciting project for William and Karamu High School. Bongani Sikupa decided that the school needed a new scoreboard to replace the one lost in a tractor shed fire a couple of years ago. He has researched manual and digital scoreboards and come up with a trailer-mounted, digital scoreboard with a remote for changing the wording.
This is a greatly appreciated gift from Bongani to the school. Stanley Chilton has also created a gift for the school in the form of a seat for people to sit at the front of the school outside the June Clark Centre. Many wooden boxes were made followed by students designing and making Taonga from all manner of materials and utilising a range of skills and processes available in our excellent workshops.
This year Mr Jeremy Wright taught the Level 1 Building class for the first time and some great bedside cabinets were produced. Year 12 classes again created outdoor chairs and tables gaining valuable skills along the way. This year the Year 13 class took on the construction of a playhouse for a client. The students have gained great practical experience and a huge amount of.
It was a great learning experience. All worked on the same basic design so the body panels could be fitted and 5 students were able to have their bikes finished for the school Blossom Parade. Races were held towards the end of the year. Year 11 had a great year with the most popular recipes coming from the Indian culture. The students made several different curry dishes, rice and naan bread.
The students have increased their knowledge of teenage nutrition and specific dietary needs. Year 9 produced a frozen dessert and developed their skills in writing a brief, concept design and evaluation of their recipes. They also learnt about kitchen safety which is a key component of Food Technology. Year 12 has been a small and enthusiastic class this year. The students have learnt to analyse issues linked to a group with specific food needs and how this affects wellbeing. The students have enjoyed the practical cooking sessions and recognise the value of Food Technology and its contribution to the development of important life skills.
Veganism was a very popular unit where students widened their food experiences. Our shared buffets were a highlight. The highlight for Year 10 was the class gourmet burger competition. The students have a lot of fun designing and developing their tasty and creative burgers. Pics below from left - clockwise: It allowed the students to demonstrate creative flair and share foods from their own cultural background. The students also enjoyed learning about vegetable cuts and different cooking methods such as roasting, and shallow and deep frying.
They also learnt how to prepare, make and serve hot and cold sandwiches for a commercial setting. They made over 80 pizzas which proved to be a popular part of the evening for many of the visiting parents and prospective students. Soft Materials Technology Junior Year 9 Soft Materials Technology has grown to four full option classes with almost all students achieving.
Mrs Julie Burn introduced a knitting and felting club for anyone interested in learning basic skills. Chris Poley was born and raised on a mixed farm in Weldon, Saskatchewan. He has worked as a professional auctioneer, marketing purebred and commercial livestock for nearly two decades. In , he purchased and operated the Tisdale Auction Market and after its sale, purchased and operated a successful livestock insurance company until Having worked with T Bar C Cattle Company, marketing cattle nationally and internationally, the transition is a natural progression.
Ted and Mina will continue to be a part of the T Bar Team in a senior advisory capacity. T Bar C Cattle Company has been marketing purebred seed stock for over four decades and grown into a leader of full service, sale management. It has matured into a one stop service center for all livestock producers fulfilling their custom print marketing requirements. T Bar C Cattle Co.
Shane was born and raised on a large mixed farm in Lipton, Saskatchewan. He, along with his wife Alaina, own and operate Michelson Land and Cattle and have raised and exhibited champions across Canada and the United States. Since , Shane has actively marketed cattle across North America. The Continental Breed, the Performance Breed, the Carcass Breed, the Terminal Breed, the Business Breed, the Maternal Breed are examples of taglines that have been used by various North American beef breed associations over the past few decades with the same objective in mind; convincing producers that their breed is the one to use.
Some of you may recall a breed claiming to be the Maternal Breed when they were well recognized as having issues with udder quality and lower milk production. Eventually the beef industry realized that with that growth often came increased frame size, birth weight and size at maturity; ton cows became more and more common. These larger cows did produce more pounds of calf in the fall however also had significantly higher input costs as they required higher energy in their rations; this was necessary in order to sustain themselves and rebreed while producing large amounts of milk for those fast gaining calves.
Today we see the Simmental breed as a more moderate and complete package that has become much more efficient and therefore better suited to function on a mostly forage based diet. The Simmental female has always been known for its maternal traits and mothering ability and that will continue to Although performance has reached a point where it is now tempered by a more balanced selection process that keeps optimums in mind, it will also always remain of economic importance as long as calves are sold by the pound. Selection for carcass traits are also important and will remain relevant in our herds as the breed continues to gain customers who want to add yield while maintaining meat quality within their predominantly British cow herds.
Where does that leave the Simmental breed heading into the future - I would say exactly where we want to be! We have a broad based set of genetics available that can supply the needs of all producers. We can supply ease of calving, performance, meat quality and carcass traits as well as maternal traits in a wide range of packages.
These can be found in most herds however it is important to realize that not all Simmental are created equal. As breeders we need to continue to work at improving the consistency of our cattle and be sure we back up our claims that we use through our marketing programs. The Canadian Simmental Association is working hard to supply the tools to make that possible. Nous estimons que ces attributs demeureront des forces et des avantages concurrentiels de la race. COM This cow herd has been built by buying the best herd bulls and the best females in the country over the last 25 years, and is now capable of producing the most powerful and consistent bulls and heifers in the Simmental industry.
Simmental Innovations would like to introduce the second in its Partner Profile series that will showcase the many valuable partners involved in our research initiatives. These profiles will introduce our members and the Simmental Country readership to each of the partners that the Simmental Innovations team is proud to be collaborating with. The Centre is made up of faculty, research associates, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students along with international visiting scholars.
The CGIL has worked across a number of species including dairy and beef cattle, swine, poultry, sheep, goats, equine and aquaculture. In the past a lot of the emphasis was on the development of genetic evaluations EPD along with economic selection indexes. In the past decade the research emphasis has been shifting heavily towards the incorporation of genomics technologies into improvement programs. Additionally, our faculty and staff work with industry and government to develop leading edge solutions to high priority issues. Industry support from the livestock feed, pharmaceutical, packing plant and services sectors also contribute to research initiatives.
Many issues in beef production and management are interrelated. Much of our research involves genetics and genomics, beef quality, health and welfare, nutrition and feed efficiency. The project relies heavily on the established infrastructure both on campus along with the research stations at Elora and New Liskeard with a combined crossbred Dr. Stephen Miller cow herd of calving cows of primarily Angus and Simmental breeding.
On campus facilities include extensive computing resources, freezer capacity for DNA storage along with a meat science laboratory where the meat quality measures are performed including dissecting primal ribs into lean, fat and bone and determining beef tenderness. The meat science laboratory activities relies on support and collaboration from Dr. Ira Mandell, manager Brian McDougall and related staff. The herd at New Liskeard is all fixed time AI breeding on calving females over two contrasting calving seasons. Individual feed intake is collected in replacement heifers and wintering cows. The Elora Beef Research station has calving cows with capacity for feed intake measures in cows and heifers along with a feedlot with head capacity for individual feed intake.
The Simmental Innovations project has included two feedlot fills per year, requiring the purchase of Simmental influenced cattle from both Western Canada and Ontario. Cattle are slaughtered at Cargill in Guelph and the team recovers the rib sections for further analysis at the meat science laboratory.
For smaller groups, cattle are slaughtered at the meat science laboratory on campus which is a federally inspected establishment and a tremendous asset to the project. Eight national junior breed associations, representing approximately 2, members, will gain the benefit from the generosity of our sponsors.
A registration and social, featuring a wine tasting, was held on the night of June 25th at the Ramada Hotel, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The next morning, the golfers were treated to an amazing breakfast at the Dakota Dunes Casino highlighted with a presentation by Myles Immerkar, Semex Global Beef Manager. Our largest number of golfers and sponsors made this year a huge success. A special thank you to the Canadian Simmental Association for their continued support. However, the reality is that some genetic defects are either neutral or may even be beneficial to cattle.
For example, the polled gene is a mutation of the horned gene, and that is a genetic defect that has made a massive and positive impact on the cattle industry. So what is a genetic defect? It may be a deletion, mutation, movement, etc. Most of the genetic defects that we deal with in the cattle industry are recessive mutations, where a portion of a gene is changed and only animals with both genes being recessive will actually physically express the defect. A dominant or homozygous mutation would cause all animals that had the defect to express the trait and if it was a lethal or detrimental trait, the animals would die or quickly be culled.
In the example of a simple recessive genetic defect where only one gene affects the expression, an animal that is affected will have parents that are both carriers of the defect. All breeds of beef cattle carry genetic defects and there have been animals that were imported from Europe that were later identified as carriers of detrimental genetic defects such as Cleft Palate, Cleft Lip, Syndactyly, Polydactyly, Arachnomelia, etc. Recently, an American herd had some cases of Arachnomelia, a malformation of the head, back and limbs, which all traced back to one common ancestor; through an identification process all of the carriers were removed from the herd voluntarily.
Although all breeds have genetic defects, some breeds have more prevalent genetic defects then others and we are fortunate that these defects and the carriers of them are very few and far between within the Simmental breed when compared to other breeds. If an animal that carries Simmental genetics is suspected of possibly having a genetic defect, we encourage you to contact the CSA office to discuss the situation and we will work with you in going through the proper steps to deal with the suspected animals.
If you have a calf born that looks like it may have a defect, take some pictures of the animal and pull hairs on the animal and then contact the CSA as soon as possible. This process is handled in complete confidence and is necessary to ensure that the Simmental breed remains as free from negative genetic abnormalities as possible.
A big thank you must given to all for the successful Provincial and National Classics. None of these events would be possible without the support of a great many sponsors, volunteers and organizers. We owe a large thank you to all of you for your commitment and dedication to the Young Canadian Simmental Association and its programming.
Lacey Fisher timberwoodfarms seasidehighspeed. These diverse components make up Mitchell Cattle Co. The Mitchell family is rich in pioneer history. Mitchell, purchased the ranch property near Barriere north of Kamloops, British Columbia from a logging company. Ferries had to be built to cross rivers and trails cut to the alpine mountains just in order to move cattle to and from pasture. The result of these efforts was the first fullblood Fleckvieh born in North America on the Mitchell ranch in Ian and Anja have carried on the family tradition of innovation.
When that contract ended in the early s, the Mitchells decided not to go back to using growth-promoting hormones because the marketing advantages without implants outweighed the decreased rates of gain in their Simmental calves. Mitchell beef is retailed by the local AG Foods store and Thompson Rivers University, purchased by many long-term farm gate customers, and served by several local restaurants. Running cows in the mountain ranges of British Columbia would intimidate even the most experienced Weaning time is dictated by snow or wolves that drive cattle down from high-elevation summer pastures.
So how did a town girl born in Germany end up raising cattle and kids in this challenging environment? In , at the age of 15, Anja emigrated to Barriere, BC with her family. As a child, Anja had spent many hours helping on neighboring German farms, and she said she was going to be a farmer someday. Anja met Ian when he returned to Barriere after the death of his father, Bob. At only 18, Ian gave up his veterinary medicine studies and took over management of the ranch. Anja began spending her spare time helping him.
Anja has certainly fulfilled her dream of becoming a farmer. She is very hands-on with the cattle and enjoys riding and working with horses more than Ian, who was raised with them. Leanna 13 and Thompson 9 are sorely missed on the ranch when they are in school. Just as for other Canadian cattlemen, the BSE crisis took its toll.
The year was made even worse for the Mitchells because of depressed wood prices and natural disaster. The Tolko sawmill—a major employer in Barriere—went up in flames and was never rebuilt, adversely affecting membership at their Chinook Cove Golf club. A positive attitude kept the Mitchell family going during that difficult time. Even with many diverse business ventures, the Mitchells most enjoy raising Simmental cattle. Carcass quality has become more top-of-mind, with increasing branded beef sales, and the Mitchells utilize ultrasound technology and EPDs to aid in breeding decisions.
When selling beef to restaurants, the Mitchells track which animal goes to which customer. This allows them to gather even more carcass feedback to incorporate into breeding decisions. The Mitchell family credits the Simmental breed for a large part of their business success.