Over $313,000 Approved for Education Funding in Nelson Tasman Region

The Canterbury Community Trust has approved funding for over $313,000 for the Nelson Tasman education sector, highlighting their commitment to supporting the region and its initiatives.

“To date this year we have funded over $1.8 million into the Nelson region through our various funding sectors. The Trustees noticed in this funding round that the importance of community involvement in education was very strong,” says Mrs Tracey Chambers, Chairperson, The Canterbury Community Trust.

“We believe that in education, as with all things, that a one-size-fits all approach is no longer applicable – to really prepare our children for the future, we need to think outside the box and look to forming strong collaborative relationships within the communities that we live in. We have noted some strong examples of forward thinking and relationship building in the community in this funding round.”

The Trust funds four regions – Nelson, Marlborough, the Chatham Islands and Canterbury.

“We are committed to all our funding communities and assisting them through funding and partnerships to make real and sustainable changes for the betterment of the community at large,” says Mrs Chambers.

Examples of Funding – Education Sector 2013

Victory Primary School

Victory Primary School is a multicultural primary school with 440 students in central Nelson. The school campus sits adjacent to the Victory Community Health Organisation which manages the community centre – both providing a hub for community activity – social, recreational, environmental and cultural – in Central Nelson.

The Trust has provided funding towards the Victory Orchestra Music Scheme, a pilot programme which will provide free tuition, instruments and orchestral experience for children who would not normally be able to access these opportunities.

The project has been instigated by Joel Bolton, who founded the Nelson Regional Youth Orchestra four years ago. More recently he formed a Junior Youth Orchestra for beginners. The pilot scheme will be a collaboration between these two groups, their associated teachers and Victory Primary School.

Mr Bolton has been greatly influenced by the Youth Orchestra Scheme in Venezuela known as El Sistema – considered to be on of the world’s most successful music and social development programmes. It has been credited with improving the lives and lifting the aspirations of participants and their families, reducing crime, increasing school attendance and preventing anti-social behavior.

“We were all really impressed with this application and the ethos behind it of using music as a way to build self-esteem and make sustainable changes in behavior that will provide a lasting legacy for the community as a whole,” says Mrs Tracey Chambers, Chairperson, The Canterbury Community Trust.

“The aims and objectives of the School are to provide to children, who would otherwise not be able to afford it, the opportunity to learn an instrument and play music in a group. The ability to work in a team, to aim high, exhibit self-discipline and academic improvement are some of the proven benefits of playing in a band or an orchestra and that is something we wholeheartedly support.”

Victory Primary School Contact: Mark Brown 03 548 4779
Nelson School of Music to contact Joel Bolton 03 548 9477

Youth Nelson Trust

Youth Nelson Trust provides a holistic education programme for students that either through behavioral or learning difficulties is excluded from attending mainstream school. The programme provides a “last chance” opportunity for up to seventeen 13 to 16 year olds to receive an education. To date 24 young people have enrolled in their programme. The purpose of the programme is to either return the students back into the mainstream school environment or prepare them for further training or employment.

The students come from three main Nelson Tasman region schools; Nayland College, Nelson College and Nelson Girls College and the doors remain open if appropriate for the young people to return to their respective schools.

The students follow the New Zealand curriculum via New Zealand Correspondence to ensure that all are able to achieve Level One NCEA credits. In addition they participate in cooking, budgeting, creative arts, crafts and technology classes.

“With no other alternative education programme available in the Nelson Tasman region, this programme fills a real gap. All those involved are to be congratulated for the hard work and effort they put into implementing the programme to help students to learn new skills, develop better relationships at home and increase self-esteem,” says Mrs Tracey Chambers, Chairperson,

The Canterbury Community Trust.

“They are providing a real and sustainable platform for these children to transition back into a mainstream educational environment and remain connected to their community, whilst attaining both educational and social achievements.”

The Canterbury Community Trust has provided funding towards a part-time teacher aide.

Youth Trust Nelson contact: Maree Shalders 03 545 6572

Stoke School

The Canterbury Community Trust has approved funding to put in heating for the Stoke School pool. The pool also doubles as a community pool and is located in a lower socio-economic area. Many of the children really feel the cold and this inhibits their ability to learn the skills required to be an effective swimmer and with the mixed weather sometimes prevalent over the summer months heating will ensure that the children will always have access to swimming lessons and general swimming.

According to ACC drowning is the fourth highest cause of unintentional death in New Zealand, with an average of 105 fatalities occurring each year. There were 131 drownings in 2011 which was up 51% on the previous year. Although efforts of the water safety sector have halved the rate of drowning in the past 20 years, the fatality rate remains high. Drowning rates are amongst the worst in the developed world, and are double that of Australia and New Zealand ….1
“We are pleased to assist Stoke School to provide heating for their pool which is utilized by the students and the whole community but also in making the needs of their children around water safety a priority in their community,” says Mrs Tracey Chambers, The Canterbury Community Trust.

“There is a real benefit to the community in encouraging and laying the foundation for an increase in all the issues surrounding water safety.”

Stoke School Contact: Peter Mitchener 03 547 7582
1: Taken from information from ACC

Lake Rotoiti School

Lake Rotoiti School successfully applied for support to upgrade their pool. Currently, the closest working pool is 60kms away at the Tapawera Area School.

The project, which is due to commence in 2014, will also double as a community pool. The proposed new complex will replace the smaller existing pool; provide depth to accommodate comfortably older children and the wider community. It will also provide changing rooms, showers and a pool equipment house, as well as heating via solar panels.

“The school currently has a roll of 30 – 35 children and regularly distributes 50 keys to local families at no charge and to a further 20 community members and visitors at a nominal charge.

“The Trust applauds the community feel of this project. Previously we have not had many funding requests from Lake Rotoiti so it’s fantastic to be putting

some resources into this community,” says Mrs Tracey Chambers, Chairperson, The Canterbury Community Trust.
Lake Rotoiti School contact: Giles Panting 03 521 1830