Funding for arts
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 @codc.govt.nz. Applications close Friday 16 August at 4pm.
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.’’