Community Notices

Nathan Wallis Presentation

Nathan Wallis, New Zealand's favourite Neuroscience Educator (and host of the documentary “All in the Mind”, and co-host of the TV Series “The Secret life of Girls”) is coming to Whitby to give a presentation about play based learning and children's brain development on the 27th May. 
Nathan's talks are very popular with parents, teachers, coaches, leaders and anyone else who is interested in learning about the workings of the brain.  

Please see the attached for more information.

Heart Foundation

Volunteer for the Heart Foundation at the Gazeley Volkswagon Wellington Marathon 2019
The Heart Foundation is the official charity partner for the Wellington Marathon again for 2019. As part of this partnership we provide volunteers to work at the event, to raise money for the Heart Foundation Wellington Branch. We would love to have you join our volunteer team for this event. For 2019 we have the following opportunities: 

Sunday 23 June: Bag Packing, Westpac Stadium
We will be packing the goodies bags given to all runners at the finish line
Shift 1:  9.00am – 1.00pm     
Shift 2:  9.30am – 1.30pm 

Saturday 29 June: Race Registration, Gazeley Volkswagon, Kent Terrace, Wellington
We will be registering all runners ahead of race day and handing out numbers.  This role requires a high level of concentration and accuracy!
Full Day:   8.30am – 6.00pm includes lunch provided
Half Day:   8.30am – 1.30pm
Half Day:  1.00pm – 6.00pm 

Sunday 30 June: Event Day, Westpac Stadium
Jobs are a mixture of working in the recovery area (handing out drinks/fruit etc after the finish line, general support etc) and bag check area
Shift 1:  6.00am – 12.00pm 
Shift 2:  7.00am – 1.00pm     
Shift 3:  8.00am – 2.00pm     
Shift 4:  9.00am – 3.00pm      

Martinborough Maths Craft Day

We warmly invite you to discover the maths behind craft and the craft behind maths at Martinborough Maths Craft Day, Sunday May 26 in The Town Hall at The Waihinga Centre. 

Our all-day event is free, and suitable for adults and children alike, and we would love to see you there. We also need volunteers to help on the day. You will find some information here for adults who are comfortable explaining mathematics and the crafts and who would like to get involved in this unique science outreach event.

The Martinborough Maths Craft Day will feature a range of craft creation stations as well as public talks by mathematician crafters, and the day-long celebration of maths promises to engage people of all ages. Fold an origami octahedron, knit a mathematical knot, make a Möbius strip, colour a Latin square, flex a hexahexaflexagon, and listen to talks about the connections between maths and crafts. 

Open to everyone: experts and amateurs, maths-fans and maths-phobes, the crafty and the curious.
Maths Craft is a not-for-profit initiative run by a team of academics at the University of Canterbury and the University of Auckland. Our aim is to bring maths to the masses by celebrating the links between mathematics and craft. The Christchurch Maths Craft Day last year attracted over 1100 people. You can read about it here:

There is more information about Maths Craft and the 2019 Martinborough Maths Craft Day on our website, or please feel free to contact Jayne Mark on

The Dress Project NZ

The Dress Project NZ are a group from the Kapiti Coast region who have founded a Facebook and Instagram page where we advocate for Eco-ethical fashion. 

The senior ball is a fun exciting time for the majority of seniors. However, for some, it can be a sad, lonely time as they cannot afford to buy a dress/suit. Cheap websites are the key, right? No! Fast-fashion is one of the top polluting industries worldwide. Everyone knows that it is an unspoken rule to wear the same ball dress two years in a row which is very bad for the environment. 

To tackle this we have come up with a solution in the form of a social media platform. Students message the page and we then post it up on the page for people to hire or buy, saving the environment and suffrage from ball dress poverty. We launched our social enterprise on 24 February and since then have seen it grow in such a way that we believe it can go national.   This platform is run by a group of seven students from both Paraparaumu and Kāpiti College who are really passionate about the environment and equality in our country.  They do not make any profit from the social enterprise.

The Curtain Bank

The Wellington Curtain Bank is up and running - and ready for another big year.

If you live between Otaki and Wellington and have a Community Services Cardholder under your roof, the Curtain Bank will provide you with FREE custom made to measure, quality lined curtains for your homes main living and sleeping areas.

You do not need to own your own home or even be the leaseholder to apply. They will replace as many or as few curtains as you need.

How it works:

The Curtain Bank is a fully funded operation, powered by Genesis Energy and supported by organisations such the Wellington Community Trust, the Lottery Grants Board and the Nikau Foundation. This funding means that the Curtain Bank can provide this service 100% free of charge. 

They upcycle preloved curtains, giving them additional lining, before cutting and sewing them to fit your home.

All you need to do is measure your windows, place your order, and wait six weeks for the curtains to arrive on your doorstep.

You can download the form and send it in- I want to download the Curtain Bank Order Form  OR you can apply online - I want to apply for my curtains online

If you're not sure how to measure your windows, don't stress - the Curtain Bank Crew have made a video to help you - How do I measure my windows? 

For more information on the Curtain Bank head to Wellington Curtain Bank or you can freephone 0508 78 78 24 ext 705.


CodeCamp - Term 2 After School Program

Hosted at Discovery School, Whitby

CodeCamp allows kids from the ages of 7-18 to develop 21st century skills in a fun and action packed environment. Develop confidence & initiative through design, creativity, solving problems & collaboration. Create games, apps & work with robots and electronic building blocks.

Volunteer Hosts Needed

Student Exchange Australia New Zealand:  Opportunity for students to experience another culture at home, practice your language skills, make new friends and rediscover and share the beauty of New Zealand At the beginning of July we will be welcoming 20 exchange students from France, Canada, Finland and Germany. Our new arrivals will live with a host family and attend school for a semester or year. As we plan for their arrival, we are keen to hear from suitable families who might be interested to host a student.  Host families come in all shapes and sizes, backgrounds and ages. Welcoming an overseas exchange student into your home is a very rewarding experience. Host families help provide students with the chance to experience life in New Zealand.  It’s a great way to develop language skills, share your stories and establish a lifelong link to a family overseas. Hosting a student also contributes to international goodwill. All students have at least basic levels of English, would attend a local school and live the life of a local. If families would like a selection of student profiles sent to them to review and decide which student may fit into a particular family best, please contact us or reply to this email. The Laver family had a wonderful time hosting their exchange student from France, Zachary  This is what Host Mum Jo Laver shared with us about their experience "Our 12 year old son was the only one who was not keen at all. But now Zach is here, they get along quite well, sharing games on ipods / iphones and hanging out with friends. It has been great for him to have a ‘brother’. My 6 year old girl who is always the life of the party keeps on hugging and talking to poor Zach! Zach has taken everything in his stride and it has been a great experience for all of us."  

Check out what some of our families who have hosted have to say about their experience by clicking here: host family testimonials.  

We lead the way as the first secondary student exchange organisation in the world to be certified to ISO 9001 (Quality Management System) and we ensure the highest standards of care and support to our participants.  If you have any questions about hosting an exchange student or would like to view profiles of students arriving from other countries, please call 0800 440 079. Our staff members will be happy to discuss which student might be best suited to your family. No obligation.