St Dominic’s students were treated to a winter wonderland last month when Ice Skate Tour set up their mobile ice rink in the school hall. The children from the after-school programme were transfixed as they watched, sparking plenty of questions – particularly about what it’s made of - which is not ice! The majority concluded wax – again incorrect. It’s actually made of a type of plastic.
Thursday morning began with lessons for the littlies and proceeded throughout the day and Friday with 40-minute sessions for each class. They were taught the basics of skating, balance, as well as health and safety.
The majority of children started off holding onto a chair, and by the end of the session were skating independently.
“We’ve seen children petrified of going on and once they get their ‘wobbles’ sorted it’s hard to get them off the rink!” says rink owner Lisa Brogden. “It’s heart-warming to see the children actively learning the life lesson: ‘when you fall, you get up; you fall again, you get up.’”
The rinks are also wheelchair-friendly, as the wheels are not affected by the artificial surface, creating a wonderful experience for those who are wheelchair-bound.
As a fundraiser for the St Dominic’s, on Friday night the rink was turned into a mini disco with activities and food stalls outside the hall, and on Saturday morning it was again open to the public, where many repeat visitors turned up for some more fun.
Ice Skate Tour has been operating since 2014. It’s 100% mobile and available any time of the year. Contact Lisa at email@example.com to find out more.
No, it’s not about the Government banning every semi-automatic bigger than a BB gun. It is about something far more destructive to the well-being of community.
I’m talking about the increasing intolerance for voicing any opinions other than the current PC group-think and some people being “triggered” and getting their feelings hurt. Suddenly people have to consider carefully whether they say out loud and discuss what they actually think. Of course we should always have been polite and respectful of others but in the past we have been able to agree to disagree and still be friends. Some people have been rude and not played by those rules of etiquette and that’s when the fights started because they became belligerent.
In the new world, yesterdays oppressed have become today’s oppressors, intolerant of any dissent. Language is being weaponised so those who wander off the accepted path are quickly socially shamed until their thoughts and speech can be made illegal.
Being taught to avoid talking about politics and religion has led to a lack of understanding about politics and religion. What we should have been taught was how to have a civil conversation about a difficult topic” Ryan Fournier
It would be a tragedy if NZ became as polarised as the USA now is, with two deeply divided sides shouting at each other but never listening. Instead of trying to bully others into submission, how about a dose of kindness and agreement to live and let live.
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Cycle: EcoMatters Bike Fix
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Recycle: Cash for Trash
We’ve brought back the 'cash for trash' bottle deposits. Bring us your plastic, glass bottles and aluminium cans, and we'll give you 20c for each beverage container - it's one less bit of rubbish on our streets and in our waterways! (Limited to 80 items per person.)
We've also opened up the bottle drive to those pesky moth plant pods - we'll swap 20c for each pod. They're all over the place and we need them culled and enclosed so they don't burst with up to 1000 seeds inside (and pull those roots out if you can). See you at the Avondale Pump Track from 2.30pm!
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