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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. chop­per­ap­ 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. 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.

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