Success proves projects’ worth

16:00, Nov 11 2009
SPRINGBANK INNOVATORS: Back row from left: Tyrell Arnesen, Kayla Crawford, Tanya Achterstraat. Second row: Jessica Cadenhead, Summer Ash, Nathan Lang. Third row: Teacher Michelle Chapman, Abi Foster, Charlotte Owen, Emily Manning, Danielle Briggs, Bailey Young, Alex Henwood, Te Amorangi Simeon. Front row: Georgia Wills, Alex Horsman, Hannah Jull, Brittany Adams, Erin Clotworthy. Absent: Justine Derrick, Morgan Rumble, Lauren Frear, Cheyenne Christensen-Field.

Springbank School has pulled off another great win in the national BP Young Enterprise Trust competitions.

Building on their record of winning first place four years running, teacher Michelle Chapman and her students have this year achieved second, third and fourth placings for community projects and a second and two third placings for innovative products.

Their winning community projects are:

- The construction of a portable information kiosk for Be Free Inc by Emily Manning, Summer Ash, Danielle Briggs and Jessica Cadenhead – judged second in New Zealand

- The construction of a walkway from Cherry Park House to Kerikeri’s iconic Charlie’s Rock waterfall and swimming hole by Charlotte Owen, Abigail Foster, Justine Derrick, Bailey Young and Nathan Lang-Pinny – third place

- Building a tool shed for the Age Concern gardening group by Morgan Rumble, Tanya Achterstraat, Tyrell Arneson, Kayla Crawford, Lauren Frear – fourth place.


Gaining second place for innovative product  was Catch-a-Calf – a hands-free calf holder designed by Hannah Jull and Cheyenne Christensen-Field.

And sharing third place in this division were the team of Alex Horsman, Georgia Wills, Erin Clotworthy and Brittany Adams, who designed Bandit – a non-slip band for the top of walking sticks and umbrellas, and Alex Henwood and Te Amorangi Simeon who developed Fishing Freaks rod holder – a rod holder that fits on to a chilly bin or on to a wharf.

Prize money will enable the groups to continue with their projects.

The Be Free kiosk is expected to feature at Be Free’s concert to be held at the Domain early next year.

The Charlie’s Rock team are meeting with adjacent landowners to discuss fencing and other requirements before starting work on this long-anticipated bonanza for Kerikeri.

The Bay Chronicle