Central Leader : March 30th 2011
www.centralleader.co.nz Wednesday, March 30, 2011 SAINT KENTIGERN COLLEGE Scholarships are available for girls and boys who are currently in Year 8, entering Year 9 in 2012. SAINT KENTIGERN SCHOOL FOR GIRLS-CORRAN Scholarships are available for girls who are currently in Year 6, entering Year 7 in 2012. SAINT KENTIGERN SCHOOL Scholarships are available for boys who are currently in Year 6, entering Year 7 in 2012. SAINT KENTIGERN SCHOLARSHIPS CLOSE SOON To register or request more information, please contact Admissions or visit our website: Phone 09 577 0677 www.saintkentigern.com Applications for Scholarships close on 6 April BR-J5922 Scholarships for 2012 are available at each Saint Kentigern Campus. These are awarded to motivated students who display outstanding academic, sporting, artistic or musical ability. Independent Presbyterian Education from Preschool - Year 13 Pupils assault man By KELSEY FLETCHER AND RHIANNON HORRELL TWO violent incidents around Westfield St Lukes forced Mt Albert Grammar School to temporarily ban uniformed students from the shopping centre last week. The first involved an Asian or Indian man, accompanied by a girl about four years old, who was allegedly assaulted by at least two students and an accomplice adjacent to the mall. St Lukes community con- stable Stuart Mottashed says police have spoken to two witnesses who were in cars in the area at the time of the attack, but are still tracking down the victim. They went to his aid. The fact that he's walked off indicates that he's okay to a degree. Without a victim, it's hard to prosecute,'' Mr Mottashed says. The second incident was a brawl inside the mall involv- ing different students. Mr Mottashed says the main focus of the police inves- tigation is the assault. It will be referred to youth officers and the investigation will continue. We will take the appropriate actions regarding whether charges are laid or not.'' Mt Albert Grammar princi- pal Dale Burden says he has high expectations of his students at school and in public. The whole school is tarnished by a few, you're only as strong as your weakest link.'' Mr Burden says the school discourages students from loitering around the mall after school. There are better things for them to do, like playing sport or doing their homework,'' he says. Westfield New Zealand general manager Linda Trainer says they support the school's decision and will assist as appropriate. We will work closely with the school and the police to ensure that the safe environ- ment we pride ourselves on delivering for retailers and customers is maintained,'' she says. We believe the temporary ban the school imposed pro- vided an opportunity for the re-evaluation of behaviours,'' Ms Trainer says. The school lifted the ban earlier this week. Mr Mottashed says CCTV footage of the assault is par- tially obscured by a wall and the victim doesn't appear in the footage. The man is described as a middle-aged Asian or Indian male accompanied by a preschool-aged girl. Police would like to check on the man's welfare. Contact Mr Mottashed on 631-1013 if you witnessed the assault or know who the victim is. Guide dogs make the difference Seeing dog: Donna Scott and her guide dog Laxon will be collecting for the Red Puppy Appeal this week. Photo: JASON OXENHAM CONTINUED Page 3 By KELSEY FLETCHER Seeing through the eyes of herdogisawayoflifefor Donna Scott. But it doesn't stop her liv- ing life to the fullest and giv- ing back to the community. The Onehunga resident was born blind with heredi- tary congenital cataracts and glaucoma and will be collecting for the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind's annual Red Puppy Appeal fundraiser this week. She had surgery to give her limited vision at 16 but now battles to keep it by taking anti-glaucoma medication. Ms Scott has a busy lifestyle and does not let her condition get in the way of her teacher aide job at Sun- nydene School. I work a 30-hour week and walk 3.4km to work every day. It gets a bit dark in the mornings when I leave some- times and not being able to drive is a pain,'' she says. Ms Scott's golden labrador- retriever guide dog Laxon knows the way to work in light or dark and gets her there safe and sound. I've had Laxon for a year and four months. He's a real boofhead but a neat dog and a good worker,'' she says. Ms Scott has just had to retire her 12-year-old dalmatian guide dog Gessie who now suffers from some medical problems. Gessie was finding the walk to work too far, but she is thoroughly enjoying retire- ment. At home they are just normal dogs -- they need their down time,'' she says. Ms Scott had a month's wait between retiring Gessie and waiting for Laxon to arrive. It was a long wait and I hated it. I went back to using my cane which is an awful lot slower and it doesn't pick up all the obstacles. I might go under a sign whereas a guide dog will take you around it,'' she says. Ms Scott was 21 when she got her first guide dog and says although it was exciting, it was also a challenge.
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