School seeks SIC stories for 20th anniversary
Former Mt Aspiring College principal Mike Allison’s Woolf Fisher Scholarship tour of the US, Canada and Britain 20 years ago sparked a community programme that is still serving Wanaka two decades later.
The Mt Aspiring College’s Students in the Community (SIC) programme wants to celebrate its 20 year anniversary by collecting memories, reminiscences and stories from over the years.
Co-ordinator Liz Breslin said when Allison returned from his tour, he integrated a programme that demanded academic, sporting and cultural excellence, and a more holistic sense of altruism.
Parks and recreation graduate Diana Schikker set up the programme in 1995, using existing community contacts and quickly forged more.
‘‘It was actually straightforward. People were so receptive when I approached them. It was a wonderful job!’’ Schikker said.
She stayed in the role for two years before Lo Scurr took over.
Scurr still enthuses about the role and believes there are some amazing stories out there that should be remembered.
‘‘I remember one student who went to visit an older lady and still kept on visiting her over the years that he went away to university. They had a real link.’’
Mary Chaffey was in charge between 2002 and 2013. She calculated the actual student hours every year that went into the community and by the time of the college’s 25th reunion in 2012, service stood at at least 46,888 hours. Service hours topped 50,000 in 2014.
Breslin says one of her favourite things is visiting students on placement, ‘‘because they’re always doing good, out there, making a difference. And we have so many negative stereotypes of teenagers and I don’t see them here, and neither do all the people that the Students in the Community visit. They see generous young people doing good stuff.’’
Breslin is keen to collect at least 20 stories from people in the community. She can be contacted at 443 0499 or email breslinl@mt aspiring.school.nz.