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210619 JPM 0001 College Car Safety web 619x700Year 12 students from Ashburton College received a talk from Constable Fran Clark as part of their road safety education day on Friday. Photo Jaime Pitt-MacKayA focus on keeping themselves and their friends safe was a big focus for Year 12 Ashburton College students at their annual road safety education day on Friday.

It was the second year the students have been through the RYDA course (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness), which is run by Road Safety Education.

The course takes the students through six different sections, including talks and lessons from police and crash survivors.

Programme co-ordinator Naomh Casin said the course takes an evidence-based approach to educating the students about how to be safe on the roads.

“The idea is to show them and to get them thinking ‘these are my life choices’,” she said.

“It is also about teaching them to be good passengers and being confident to speak up when they do not feel safe.”

The students went through the six stations, which are 30 minutes long, covering off a variety of topics.

“We get the police in to talk about the protective role that they have,” she said.

“We also have a crash survivor that will come and talk to the students.”

The students, using skills they have learned from a previous discussion on safe systems, then have to investigate the crash to determine what happened and the crash survivor tells their story in line with that process.

“We also talk to them about personalities and mood, whether someone is risk prone or risk averse, and what effects being angry or sad have on their driving,” she said.

Casin said students would often go home and correct their parents on the errors that they make.

“The main goal is that they come away with a strategy to keep themselves and their friends safe,” she said.

Ashburton College teacher Claire Bubb said it was the second year students from the college had attended the course, and that they had a good impact on them.

By Jaime Pitt-MacKay © The Ashburton Guardian - 22 June 2019

190619 JPM 0003 Ashburton College Musical webThe cast of Ashburton College’s production of High School Musical are set and ready to go for the school’s first musical since 2015. Photo Jaime Pitt-MacKayFor the first time since 2015 students at Ashburton College will get to wow audiences for three nights with a musical.

Students will perform High School Musical at the start of next month, an exciting prospect said teacher Claire Bubb.

“It is light, bright, and it is going to be the maximum number of performers on stage at once,” she said.

“We are trying to get maximum participation and the maximum amount of students on stage.”

Bubb said a total of 50 students will be taking part on and off stage, and for around a quarter of the students it would be their first production, which fits in well with the themes of the musical.

“It hits home the messages of the musical, it is all about using your talents and skills and it is for everyone,” she said.

Calais Hill and Savannah Martin will be filling the main roles of Troy Bolton and Gabriella, while Ocean Waitokia will play Sharpay, Joseph Collins will play Ryan and Georgia Muir will play Ms Darbus.

A number of teachers will play cameo roles, including former Ashburton College student Jack Hanrahan, who will play the role of coach Bolton.

There will be three performances of the musical in the Ashburton College Auditorium on the 4th, 5th and 6th of July, with tickets available for purchase from the Ashburton College office.

By Jaime Pitt-MacKay © The Ashburton Guardian - 21 June 2019

AshHutt Girls Rugby v Roncalli at Celtic webThe AshHutt girls took on Roncalli College in their brand new playing strip at Celtic on Wednesday night. Photo Jaime Pitt-MacKayAfter weeks on the road, the AshHutt girls’ rugby first XV finally got to play their first home game of the season on Wednesday night, and they made the most of the opportunity.

They gave their brand new playing strip the perfect debut, coming away with a 20-10 win over Timaru’s Roncalli College, although the Ashburton College and Mount Hutt College combined side didn’t have it all their own way at Celtic.

Roncalli always brought a rough and ready game to the table, and Wednesday was no exception, with the AshHutt girls put off their stride and going down a try early on.

They finally wore the opposition down though, gaining a bit of ascendancy and the tight forwards – particularly the front row of Sophie Adkins, Emma Rollinson and Jess Smith – dominating at set pieces and especially at scrum time, coach Grant Elvines said.

When a sustained period of attack resulted in a penalty five metres out from the Roncalli line, quick thinking by number eight Aidan Elvines saw her crash over from the quick tap for AshHutt’s first try.

From that point on AshHutt had the bulk of territory and possession and Madison Trusler-Clark scored out wide late in the half to send her side to the break 10-5 up.

The second half continued to be a torrid and at times bad tempered affair, but the AshHutt girls kept their composure and could have been well ahead, if it hadn’t been for some poor option taking and good Roncalli goal-line defence which kept the score in check.

Eventually the pressure did tell though, with tries to Megan Hurley and Manee Mannex-Peter extending their side’s lead, and a late Roncalli consolation try making for a final score of 20-10, which probably was a bit flattering to Roncalli, coach Elvines said.

He said forwards Grace Bleach, Megan Hurley and Tyla Harraway were into everything boots and all, while wing Tara Mellish was getting better with every game, and Olivia Bishop – who filled in at centre – was the female equivalent of Conrad Smith.

However, fullback Naumai Terekia showed she was more like Buck Shelford, playing the last 10 minutes with a bent and broken finger.

The win was AshHutt’s third of the season and this week they are set to head to Methven to play Craighead at 5pm on Wednes-day.

Meanwhile, the Mid Canterbury Combined boys’ team in the Crusaders region secondary schools’ rugby competition will be up against it today.

They’re yet to win a game in the UC Championship this season and today they’re in Christchurch to play the team that’s top-of-the-table, St Andrews.

© The Ashburton Guardian - 21 June 2019