Western Leader : February 24th 2011
15 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 24, 2011 Servicing your everyday needs. 24th February and 20th March THE ULTIMATE KIWI BACH WEEKEND Y RS R I L Y ALL Promotion period commences 9.00am Thursday 24 February and entries close 5.30pm Sunday 20 March 2011. Prize drawn Monday 21 March 2011. Retailers not included in the promotion are Lollipops Educare, ASB Bank, ANZ Bank, AMI Insurance, AA Insurance, State Insurance, KIPT Gift Cards, Ticketek and Promotional Leasing retailers. Terms and conditions apply which can be found on the back of the entry form and customer service desk. SUNDAY 13TH MARCH 2011 START TIME 9.30AM rOunD THe BaYs PORTS OF AUCKLAND www.roundthebays.co.nz ENTER NOW! SUPPORTING THESE GREAT CHARITIES Second chances: Academy director Ngahiwi Walker and Kelston head boy Jacob Hiko -- an academy graduate. Some boys need a kick By CATHERINE HEALY Boys who don't fit the mainstream can sign up for a second chance at Kelston Boys High. Once they reach the senior school they can opt for the one-year Services Academy. It's for boys who have a genuine interest in a career in the services, but it's also for boys who need a kick up the bum,'' academy director Nga- hiwi Walker says. The class of 20 sit the normal NCEA nume- racy, literacy and techni- cal subjects. Mr Walker, who spent 22 years in the navy, teaches the rest of the programme which in- cludes military studies, physical training, drill, marching and career guidance. The group goes on three training camps a year. Graduates can go on to careers with the navy, army, police, firefighting or security. Kelston head boy Jacob Hiko, 18, com- pleted the course in 2009 with the intention of becoming a navy chef but didn't make the cut because of an old injury. He chose to come back and complete main- stream schooling at Kelston. He's now con- sidering a career as a teacher. The academy made me a happier person. You get real morale going because you're all in it together. It is a good kick in the butt -- it makes you wake up,'' he says. Mr Walker says services programmes are only offered at a few schools in Auckland. He says his job is hugely satisfying but is modest about his influ- ence over his recruits. It's about self- leadership with the team. There are strict boundaries but they are very happy to exist within those boundaries. I don't have to tell them about the things they need to do. Last year I only had to raise my voice once all year. Firm and fair is my policy. Other teachers say to me -- oh you've got that student, how's that going? And I tell them, he's awesome. They ask how I do it, but it's not me, it's them. They're just awesome boys.''
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