Kapiti Observer : May 23rd 2011
2 KAPITI OBSERVER, MAY 23, 2011 When was the last time you had your eyes checked? 28 years of eye care on the Kapiti Coast 8 Ihakara Street Paraparaumu tel 04 298 4426 Find your nearest Learning Centre today. Call 0800 (SeniorNet) 736 467 or visit www.seniornet.co.nz Learn how to use technology Open to all 50+, SeniorNet courses include the internet, emailing, video communications, digital photographs, burning dvds and much more. “Ninness offers a full range of funeral services... and is still locally owned.” 17 Kenepuru Drive | Porirua | Phone (04) 237 4174 18 Kapiti Road | Paraparaumu | Phone (04) 297 0207 email@example.com | www.ninness.co.nz Brenden Jacobsen Cheryl Amys Todd Wearne WHAT'S ON TUESDAY, MAY 24 GUEST SPEAKER, Sherwood Young, author of Guilty on the Gallows -- Famous Crimes of New Zealand, 7.30pm, Kapiti Genealogy, Kapiti Community Centre, Ngahina St, Paraparaumu, 293 1610. THURSDAY, MAY 26 GUEST SPEAKER, Sir Noel Robinson, 10am, Probus Club of Kapiti, Kapiti Club, Marine Pde, Paraparaumu Beach, 904 3553. FRIDAY, MAY 27 KAPITI FILM GROUP, Capitalism -- A Love Story, 7.15pm, 6 Michael Rd, Paraparaumu Beach, 904 2391. SATURDAY, MAY 28 WAIKANAE ESTUARY CARE GROUP OPEN DAY, from 9am till noon,Takahe Dr entrance (off Kotuku Dr) Paraparaumu, 298 3416. SUNDAY, MAY 29 SUNDAY WALKERS, Cattle Ridge Track, meet 8.30am, south side of Kapiti Coast District Council offices, Rimu Rd, Paraparaumu, 902 6324. PLANTING, 9.30am till noon, Whareroa Farm, eastern side of State Highway 1, MacKays Crossing. FRIDAY, JUNE 3 KAPITI FILM GROUP, Departures, Whisky, 6 Michael Rd, Paraparaumu Beach, 90 2391. Seeking parents of unruly kids Parents of young children displaying behaviour problems are being sought for a study by Victoria University's Child Behaviour Group. Researchers are looking for 28 Wellington region parents with children aged three to six years old to take part in the study. Victoria University Associate Professor Karen Salmon said disruptive behaviour in young chil- dren could, in the long term, have significant social and human costs if not dealt with early. The study aims to test whether an established parenting programme, Group Triple P, has per- vasive effects for children on other important developmental skills and areas of functioning, or whether a specifically tailored adaptation is necessary. The group sessions are to be held at the Victoria University Kelburn campus. To volunteer, contact Karen Salmon on 04 463 9528 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Acclaimed teacher can understand maths fear For someone who used to fear numbers, becoming a maths teacher seems a strange career choice. Tasha Black talks to Paraparaumu College teacher Misbah Sadat, who has been recognised for excellence in teaching. Prize teacher: Maths teacher Misbah Sadat says numbers never used to come naturally to her. Misbah Sadat pretty much'' failed maths her entire life. But she not only went on to become a maths teacher; last week she was awarded an inaugural certificate of excellence for her teaching studies at Vic- toria University. Now at Paraparaumu College, her dis- like of maths started at school in Karachi, Pakistan. Her parents did not send her to a pri- vate school, even though she thinks they could have afforded to. Instead she went to a school with no running water and intermittent elec- tricity in more than 40 degree Celsius heat. Her father wanted her to know how the other half lived. After completing a degree in inter- national relations and working as a sub- editor on Pakistan's largest daily news- paper, she moved to the United States with plans for further study. But to get accepted she needed to sit a number of exams, including maths. I was so afraid of maths I couldn't sit the exam.'' Friend and future husband, Adam Fier, told her she had to get over her fear, and she began lessons. I found out mathematics, it's not just numbers, it's actually a way of thinking.'' Mrs Sadat enjoyed maths so much, she went on to complete a mathematics degree with a computer science minor from the University of Maryland. It was working as a tutor Mrs Sadat realised she had something to offer students. I understood the kids sitting in front of me because I was one of them. I know what it's like to be paralysed with fear in a maths exam, because that was me.'' During this time, her husband spent two years researching countries they would like to live in. They wanted to get away from fear- mongering, and for their twin daughters to be able to ride their bikes without worry. He came up with a shortlist: Scandinavia, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, leaving it to Mrs Sadat to decide. Scandinavia and Canada were too cold, and Canada was too close to the United States. She spent two months reading editorials from major Australian and New Zealand newspapers. What I realised was Australia was a wannabe United States.'' New Zealand was really quaint'', independent and more like Europe and Britain. She emailed New Zealand immigration, who suggested she study a teaching diploma in New Zea- land. Friends said they were mad and her family even featured in a Washington Post article, as ecomigrants'', who moved to New Zealand partly out of climate concerns. Much to Mrs Sadat's surprise, the Dominion Post ran the story a few months later. She said both the Dominion Post and TV One tried to track the family down for an interview and she only agreed to talk to the Kapiti Observer because it was about Paraparaumu College and her award. She felt awkward about the award and said the credit lay with the school's head of maths, Margaret Priest, and Victoria University lecturer Michael Drake, in ensuring she did not drop out of the course. Three things make a good teacher, she said: a passion for the subject; a willingness to help students succeed; and to like the age group you teach. Others awarded with a certificate of excellence included Elizabeth Ashton from Raumati South Kindergarten, Richard Allardice from Paraparaumu College and Jann Skachill from Castle Kids, who also received the Habens Prize for high achievement.
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