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Whangarei Leader : December 3rd 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 5790673AA Keep Your Shower Glass Looking As Good As The Day It Was Installed... Use only CLEARSHIELD Low M Glass Protection Suitable For All Glass Surfaces Including Windows, Balustrades, Splashbacks Phone Now For Info On Our Pre-Xmas Specials www.clearshieldglass.co.nz 0800 326 288 TODAY E-EDITION Love it here Filling gaps Maori art Wheely happy On the backpacker list -- P10 Youngsters can make a difference -- P19 Touring Maori ceramics on show -- P27 Pupils embrace the wheel deal as Coppers on Choppers hit town (story P2). Go to whangareileader.co.nz to see more photos. Click Latest Edition. Woman at odds with response By DENISE PIPER Police urge people to stay vigilant and call 111 if they spot a crime being committed -- even if the out- come isn't quite what they'd like to see. The advice comes after an inci- dent in central Whangarei where resident Shannon Parker saw two young men rummaging through her car outside her home at about 11.30pm one evening. She yelled at the youths and chased them down the road but they took off on skateboards, so she went back to get her car while her son phoned the police. Ms Parker says she caught up with suspects and so did the police. But the teens were sent on their way after being spoken to because of insufficient evidence. A neighbour found some items taken from Shannon's car but it was two days before police came back to take finger prints I had to photograph and bag the items for forensics so they didn't get wet. From what I've heard from other locals I should just be pleased that the police came out at all,'' she says. Whangarei Kaipara Area Com- mander Tracy Phillips says the officers who spoke to the suspects on the night of the call out did not have enough information to link them to the break-in. She says people should not be disheartened by the incident and says it's important to call police straight away when a crime is unfolding. She says Ms Parker did the right thing by phoning police straight away. This time, however, prompt action didn't result in any police arrests. Police must follow the Solicitor General's guidelines and produce sufficient evidence to take to pros- ecution,'' Ms Phillips says. The more information we get, the more likely we are to catch offenders and get the evidence,'' she says. Phone 111 if you see a crime being committed. Award fosters inspiring work By DENISE PIPER Winning formula: Whangarei Girls' High School teacher Joy Nielsen has inspired more girls to take chemistry and consider a future in science. Photo: DENISE PIPER GETTING students to enjoy chemis- try is a passion for high school teacher Joy Nielsen. Her zeal has now been rewarded with a prestigious fellowship from the Woolf Fisher Trust. The funding will enable the Whangarei Girls' High School teacher to go to Australia to see what others are doing to raise academic excel- lence in chemistry. The fellowship is given to about 15 deserving teachers each year, trust secretary Nigel Evans says. It's a prestigious award and the teachers who get it are representa- tive of the best in the country,'' he says. Mrs Nielsen is a former bio- chemist who started teaching at the school in 2000. Inspiring young girls to study chemistry and go on to have careers in science is her focus, despite a dwindling interest in the sciences nationwide. At girls' high there have been more students taking chemistry and actually enjoying chemistry,'' she says. In the past they were taking it because they needed it for their career path now it's a subject that students opt to take.'' Chemistry has a lot of practical applications and can lead to careers including food technology, chemical industries and health science, she says. It is also helpful for careers such as hairdressing or nursing. Mrs Nielsen says she was stunned to get the award and would like to learn more about raising academic achievement in the subject. She would also like to see more Maori students pursue the sciences and believes passion needs to be sparked at junior level. Girls' high geography teacher Sue Geddes also received the Woolfe Fisher award in 2004 and says her travel to the United States, Canada and England still inspires her. I studied how to engage students and it still influences the way I work with students now, because I recognised the teacher-student relationship is the most important thing, along with showing students the steps to their future.'' Getting more science experts into the classroom is the aim of central government, which is trying to improve the science, technology, engineering and maths skills of young people. More than $10 million extra funding has been earmarked to boost teachers' skills in science and maths.
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