Stu­dents get cre­ative

Central Leader - - EDUCATION& TRAINING -

Three New Zealand school stu­dents have cre­ated win­ning de­signs for ex­er­cise books that will be do­nated to stu­dents at low decile schools.

The na­tional Art for Books com­pe­ti­tion, run by Ware­house Sta­tionery, in­vited school stu­dents to de­sign a new cover for Im­pact 1B5 books with iconic New Zealand artist Dick Frizzell judg­ing the 500-plus en­tries.

Thou­sands of limited edi­tion books bear­ing the three win­ning de­signs will be printed by Ware­house Sta­tionery, and a to­tal of 120,000 books will be dis­trib­uted to low decile schools.

Phil Toomer, prin­ci­pal of Gle­navon School in Block­house Bay, says the do­nated books will be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated by staff and stu­dents at his decile one school.

‘‘We strug­gle to get well over half of our stu­dents set up with sta­tionery at the start of the year,’’ he ex­plains. ‘‘At a cost of $30 to $40 per child, and with some fam­i­lies hav­ing four or five chil­dren, the bills can re­ally add up.

‘‘Added to that, many fam­i­lies strug­gle to af­ford to re­place items quickly if they get lost or dam­aged,’’ Toomer adds. ‘‘Do­nated re­sources like th­ese books mean the stu­dents have what they need lo­gis­tics-wise, so we as staff can fo­cus on the im­por­tant job of teach­ing.’’

The win­ning cover de­signs were de­cided by Frizzell, who found plenty to praise.

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