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Former All Black Ian Jones and Westpac Rescue Helicopter crewman Herby Barnes dropped in by helicopter at Waioneke School in South Head as thanks for getting behind the Westpac Chopper Appeal during May.
The school which raises the highest amount per pupil by today has a chance to meet All Blacks captain and Westpac ambassador Richie McCaw.
Kicking a ball around with Ian Jones was one of the children’s highlights and Herby spoke to them about the helicopter’s role.
‘‘What a great thing for our kids. They absolutely loved it,’’ principal Jennie Moore says.
Donations can be made to any Westpac branch by texting 3181 to make a $3 donation, by calling 09004246-7737 to make a $20 donation or at www. chopperappeal.co.nz for an online contribution.
Mahurangi College is putting together an honour roll to commemorate former students’ war efforts.
The roll, to be unveiled at the school’s 50th jubilee in April, seeks to remember students of Mahurangi District School for their service to New Zealand.
But more information is needed to compile the students’ history.
A list of names can be viewed on the school’s website by clicking on the ‘‘news and events’’ tab and on ‘‘Anzac Roll of Honour for Mahurangi District Pupils’’.
The reunion celebrates 50 years since the renaming of Mahurangi District School to Mahurangi College.
It also marks 150 years of education in the Warkworth area.
Visit www.mahurangi. school.nz for names.
Email admin@mahu rangi. school. nz or call Lisa Bissett on ( 09) 425-8039 extn 706 if you can help.
Matakana Primary School’s Connor Simpson is a natural when it comes to swimming.
The 10-year-old had no prior formal coaching yet came second in the 50-metre backstroke race at the north Auckland swimming sports competition, held at Silverdale’s Northern Arena.
Connor had to first compete in an interschool contest before qualifying for the finals, where he went on to compete against 28 other top swimmers. A team to represent Rodney rural schools was selected out of the five other rural schools who competed in the interschool swim meeting.
Connor and fellow schoolmate Kate North were the only two children from the Rodney team to finish in the final’s top three.
Kate came third in the 50-metre freestyle.
Connor practised his swimming techniques at home when preparing for the finals. Whenever he could, he would also go to the beach and swim for up to four hours. He picked swimming up last year at his former school, Three Kings Primary.
He enjoys the sport because it is both fun and challenging.
Connor now trains with the Rodney swim team every Tuesday.
Chopper call: Waioneke School student Aidan Noakes knows the trauma of pain and relief after being airlifted by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter following a fall through a skylight on his home’s roof. He is with Auckland Regional Helicopter Trust crewman Herby Barnes, left, and former All Black Ian Jones.
A natural: Matakana Primary School’s Connor Simpson is a natural when it comes to swimming. Connor was second in the 50metre backstroke at the north Auckland swimming sports, despite having no formal coaching.