Fund­ing for arts

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS -

About $7000 of Creative New Zealand fund­ing is avail­able for Cen­tral Otago arts and cul­ture groups or in­di­vid­u­als who work in the com­mu­nity, sup­port di­ver­sity or en­cour­age young peo­ple to par­tic­i­pate in the arts. More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able from the Cen­tral Otago Dis­trict Coun­cil of­fices, or email ju­dith.whyte Ap­pli­ca­tions close Fri­day 16 Au­gust at 4pm.

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COM­PET­I­TIVE SPELL­ING: Clyde Pri­mary School stu­dents Neave McHugh-Smith, 10, Malia Banks, 9, and Laura Curtin, 10, are among more than 250 stu­dents from Cen­tral Otago and the Queen­stown Lakes dis­tricts who will put their spell­ing, punc­tu­a­tion and gram­mar skills to the test this week in the Cen­tral Otago Spell­ing Quiz. The two-day com­pe­ti­tion be­gins at Cromwell Col­lege to­day. Teams of three in three cat­e­gories - year 5-6, year 7-8 and year 9-10 - will com­pete for the sec­tion ti­tle. Cromwell Col­lege head of English, James Edge­combe, said the quiz was a fun way to mix learn­ing and com­pe­ti­tion. The con­test will also in­clude punc­tu­a­tion,gram­mar and word puzzles. Mr Edge­combe said young peo­ple were writ­ing con­stantly, whether it be or on the in­ter­net, tex­ting or us­ing their cell­phones, and de­spite a well-pub­li­cised spike in ‘‘text talk,’’ they gen­er­ally used proper writ­ing skills in the class­room. ‘‘Most kids don’t have a prob­lem dif­fer­en­ti­at­ing be­tween text writ­ing and nor­mal writ­ing.’’

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