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Kristin Prefects Help Launch Parakai Pulse

Radio broadcasts by the students of Parakai School will soon be enjoyed by their local community, thanks to the prefects of Kristin School.
As a part of the 2013 Prefect Project, Kristin’s 23 prefects raised over $17,000 and dedicated over 650 hours to help the small rural school realise a dream; to produce a student-led radio station, Parakai Pulse 107.4 FM.

An annual project for Kristin’s leadership team, the Prefect Project is a student-driven initiative that aims to promote leadership through service. First established six years ago as a team-building assignment, the enterprise has since become an integral part of leadership in the Senior School. Lead by the school’s Deputy Prefects, this year it was Nadia Sussman and Anton Sunde’s turn to manage the project.
From the initial stages of fundraising, planning and project management to manual labour, installation and training, the Year 13 leaders invested their own time and expertise to launch a radio station within the school – the first community station to serve the local area.
As well as getting Parakai Pulse on the air, the prefects created a planning room for the radio team complete with a green screen for the school’s future multimedia enterprises and a native garden outside the library.
At the official opening on Thursday 15 August, the students of Parakai School honoured the Kristin prefect team with a moving song and haka before presenting Nadia and Anton with whale bone carvings, hand crafted from a whale that washed up on Muriwai Beach.
Kristin Senior School Principal Mr Brendan Kelly believes that every Prefect Project has its own unique character but the partnership with Parakai has made this one very special. “It has been an honour to witness this project come to fruition,” he says. “By working so closely with the staff and students at Parakai School our prefects have gained true insight into the value of what is being achieved. They can see that this project does not only benefit the students who will be running the station, but it has also become an important part of the school’s culture and greatly benefits their relationship with the local community.”
Planning for next year’s project will begin early in Term 4 when the 2014 Senior School Prefect Team is announced.

Characters Come to Life in the Junior School
On a Friday early in Term 3, Kristin Junior School classrooms were abuzz with excitement. Fun, creative and quirky characters straight from the pages of everyone’s favourite books filled each and every classroom for the school’s annual Book Character Day.
From the Kindergarten to the Year 6 classes, with the Senior School’s Prefects getting in on the fun, teachers and students alike embraced their favourite heroes in a celebration of the written word.
A special assembly was hosted by the Senior School Cultural Committee and included a hilarious performance by the senior students, written especially for the occasion to promote a love of reading to their fans in the younger year levels.
Coinciding with the KidsCan National Mufti Day, Kristin’s Book Character Day contributed $250 towards the charity’s fundraising drive.

by Channel Editorial