Limehills pupils scoop prizes

MARY WITSEY
Last updated 14:16 29/08/2013
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Limehills School students Bella Dykes, Ella Wilson, Alex Dykes and Lachlan Thomson celebrate after winning awards at the science and technology fair.

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One Southland primary school has walked away with most of the top prizes in the primary school's section at this year's Southland Science and Technology Fair.

Students from Limehills School won a string of awards, including the prestigious ''Excellence in Science'' awards in both the year 5 and 6, and year 7 and 8 categories.

Limehills principal Jim Turrell said the school encouraged young people to excel in all areas of the curriculum.

''It's about encouraging our students to be curious and to think outside the classroom, taking a broad view of the world,'' he said.

''We're delighted with their success.''

More than 140 primary and junior high schools from Stewart Island to Queenstown competed in the event, which fair chairwoman Samantha York said was a fantastic event for the province.

''We punch well above our weight at a national level. It's really quite amazing the talent that comes out of Southland,'' Ms York said.

''I think we have a particular interest in science and technology in this region ... and I think that relates in part to our strong farming and manufacturing background where developments in technology are valued.''

Great support from loyal sponsors had also made the fair successful, she said, with businesses like Fonterra, DairyNZ, the Community Trust of Southland, and the Invercargill and Mataura Licensing Trusts stepping up. 

The major sponsor, New Zealand Aluminium Smelters, was committed, she said, providing $18,000 in sponsorship, along with 26 staff who supported the event.

Limehills results:Bella Dykes (yr 5): 1st Prize - Fonterra Excellence in Science year 5 and 6, Award of Excellence - Science and Technology:Gold, Special Award - Fonterra Enthusiasm, Effort and Scientific Approach, Special Award 1st Prize - Best Exhibit Related to Bread/Flour and 2013 Winner of the Baking Industry Research Trust Prize.

Alex Dykes (yr 8): 1st Prize - Fonterra Excellence in Science year 7 and 8, First prize Dairy NZ Excellence award, Special Award - Fonterra Agriculture, Life and Environmental and Award of Excellence - Science and Technology: Gold.

Lachlan Thomson (yr 7): Award of Excellence- Science and Technology: Silver, Special Award - Fonterra Enthusiasm, Effort and Scientific Approach Award and 2nd Prize - Dairy NZ Excellence Award,

Ella Wilson (yr 8): Award of Excellence - Science and Technology: Gold, Special Award - Fonterra Agriculture Life and Environmental Science and Special Award 1st Prize - Best Exhibit related to Metrology.

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- The Southland Times

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