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Emma Rose

Di Banks, Leader of Learning Support and Vocational Pathways at Kuranui College spoke to Rotary about students that face various obstacles to learning and one of most common is dyslexia. This means that they have considerable difficulty reading and writing although they are often very creative and intelligent in other ways. Dyslexic children used to be thought to be slow, difficult or “allergic to school” but now dyslexia is much better understood. Some dyslexics have become famous and high achievers including Richard Branson, Orlando Bloom and Thomas Edison.

Rotary granted $1200 for the purchase of three C-pens, a device which converts text into speech and also includes a dictionary. This gives dyslexic students independence from readers.

Kuranui College -Speech Competition Finalists

All speakers radiated enthusiasm for their topics which ranged from the serious to the light hearted. They were all very articulate and well presented and left us with food for thought.

Emma Rose spoke about how fiction and storytelling give us perspectives on the world that we would not otherwise have. She referred to two books, The Great Gatsby and Once Were Warriors, which enabled her to experience ways of life that are quite different from her own, like a reality simulator. She also emphasised that this type of learning may not be available to the underprivileged who need it as much as the rest of us and we should help them have access to books.

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MARTINBOROUGH GOLF CLUB REPORT

It is a hive of activity at the course today – lots of men with rakes, leaf blowers and leaf suckers tidying up around the clubhouse and squash club.  The course is looking good and the greens have come back well after being cored early last month. There have been …

Junior sport

Winter  is the time for a considerable number of organised winter sports. Coaches are invited to give their sport and it’s player some publicity through the Star’s Junior Sport section. Just send your   copy to beckett36@gmail.com by the last Wednesday of the month. A clear high resolution photo is …

Wrestling Club news

Training nights are back again and it’s great again to see new faces! Training nights are Wednesdays at theFeatherston gym. . Under ten years from 5.30 and over ten years from 6.30 . North Island Championships are being held in Katikati on 27 June and attendance is encouraged.  This is …

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