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Thinking Big

posted 5 Jun 2019, 19:44 by OC Web   [ updated 5 Jun 2019, 19:45 ]
Congratulations to the following students who were awarded ThinkBig project grants from the Kāpiti Coast District Council.  These grants were awarded to students who demonstrated that their project will create positive change in Kāpiti and beyond.

Two students were granted funds to assist in the activities of the Manukura GPS group.  This group was established in 2019 as a means of building leadership abilities in our senior male students. They work as a group from 7:30-8:30am every morning and complete team building, problem solving, self-identity and community service activities. In addition to the leadership and service benefits of these activities, the group also gives these young men something positive to be a part of and to look forward to each day.

Jacob Gates was granted funds to go towards different items that members can earn through their service to the Manukura group. These will range from small items like wrist bands and shoe laces for regular attendance, through to group hoodies and hats for successfully running community events. Damien Doyle was successful in his application for funding for various leadership activities for the group, including a high ropes course.

The end goal for the group is to have a trophy set up at Senior Prizegiving, to be awarded to the 'Male Leader' of the Year. 

Meleane Nelson-Latu, assisted by Emily Georgetti, was successful in her application to buy a variety of games that can be used in the canteen at break times.  The idea is that this will build a sense of community among students and will provide engaging lunchtime activities, particularly over the winter months.  Meleane envisages some of the games leading to inter-house competitions.

Amelie Prentice noticed that within our society “there is a rampant consumerist culture, which leads to heavy spending on objects that we don’t need or want outside of a trend.  This is particularly noticeable in the fashion industry.  In turn, this causes environmental destruction and shoddy working conditions/pay for workers in developing countries.  In response to this I would like to arrange a community-wide clothing exchange event, helping lessen excessive purchasing and waste.  This grant from KCDC will help to make this possible.”

Sharnee Housiaux-Roderique and Hetal Patel are working on setting up Wellbeing Wednesdays.   Sharnee explained: “This project is based around helping to make our school more involved with our students’ mental health and to talk about other topics that are generally not spoken about.  We are hoping to create safe places for kids to open up and to talk.  We have planned out the next few Wednesdays - they are full of fun activities to build confidence and self-respect.  The funds will go towards sports gear and setting up an arts and crafts area.”

Congratulations to all of these students.  We look forward to seeing you bring these highly worthy projects to fruition.