Stu­dent suc­cess in­spires

Ev­ery week the South Waikato News delves into its archives to see what was mak­ing the news 10, 25 and 50 years ago. This week we found sto­ries on ded­i­cated teach­ers, thou­sands of el­i­gi­ble vot­ers not on elec­toral rolls, and a com­mit­tee tak­ing steps to reli

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10 years ago

Stu­dent suc­cess is main as­pect

Novem­ber 27, 2002

For For­est View High School’s long­est- serv­ing teach­ers, see­ing students suc­ceed is one of the most im­por­tant as­pects of their jobs.

Be­tween them, Heather Wil­liamson, Joan Slade and Ray­lene Som­merville, have had more than 80 years’ ser­vice at FVHS and they agree, their role is to help students reach their po­ten­tial.

‘‘That’s what I’m there for ev­ery­day,’’ Dean and spe­cial needs teacher Ray­lene Som­merville said. ‘‘To see kids suc­ceed­ing.’’ The head of in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and teacher in charge of net­ball, Heather Wil­liamson, said she gains a sense of ful­fil­ment when students achieve.

‘‘You gain sat­is­fac­tion and self be­lief when you see kids be­ing suc­cess­ful,’’ she said.

‘‘Whether it’s some­body get­ting a job or some­body be­ing ap­pointed CEO, it’s ex­tremely sat­is­fy­ing when you come across it.’’

Guid­ance coun­sel­lor Joan Slade said help­ing students make it through dif­fi­cult times was a great re­ward of teach­ing.

‘‘It’s a vo­ca­tion rather than a job, it’s some­thing we do be­cause it’s im­por­tant to us,’’ she said.

25 years ago Young vot­ers not on rolls July 21, 1987

A stag­ger­ing 35 per cent of el­i­gi­ble vot­ers un­der the age of 30 have still to en­rol in the Ton­gariro elec­torate.

Reg­is­trar of elec­tors Wayne Boyd said that with just over a day left to get on the roll for the Au­gust 15 gen­eral elec­tion, as many as 3000 peo­ple had still failed to do so.

But he added that while of­fi­cial records showed that only 65 per cent of el­i­gi­ble vot­ers in Ton­gariro were on the roll so far, there is no way of know­ing how many in the age group had left the elec­tor- ate. ‘‘We are work­ing on the 1986 cen­sus fig­ures,’’ he ex­plained.

‘‘ They don’t take into ac­count any pop­u­la­tion move­ment since then.’’

It is more likely that peo­ple in the 18 to 29 years age group will have re­duced in num­bers in the South Waikato since the cen­sus than in­creased.

And one of the key rea­sons would be staffing cuts at the sin­gle big­gest em­ployer in the elec­torate, NZ For­est Prod­ucts td.

50 years ago Steps to be taken to al­le­vi­ate flood­ing and dust

March 1, 1962

The Toko­roa Town Com­mit­tee is to make ev­ery en­deav­our to al­le­vi­ate the flood­ing and dust nui­sance in Pent­land Tce.

This was stated at Tues­day’s meet­ing when a let­ter from J C Stutt and seven oth­ers was con­sid­ered.

‘‘ These peo­ple have got rea­son­able grounds for com­plaint in that area and it is a dif­fi­cult spot,’’ said Mr H J Spear.

It was con­sid­ered the main cause was stormwa­ter flow­ing from the main high­way near Roslin St into the drainage sys­tem.

SER­VICE TO SCHOOL: For­est View High School teach­ers Joan Slade, Heather Wil­liamson and Ray­lene Som­merville have more than 80 years ser­vice to the school be­tween them.

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