Local artist recognised

Also belated congratulations to Allen Harnett, for taking out the top award for his bronze whale bone work, Wahaika, at the Southland Art Society Inc McIntyre Dick and Partners Provincial Pride Awards late last year. As well as winning this coveted award Allen received $800.

Study centre and art classes

Just a reminder to the community that art classes for 5-7 year olds start Monday 10 February from 3pm to 4.30pm; and on Wednesday at the same time for 8-year-olds to secondary school age children. These classes with Jan are popular but this year numbers are being restricted due to having only one tutor onsite. Alternatively, on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, from 3pm to 5pm, Fran and Elena will be available at the Study Centre for tamariki who need help with spelling and basic mathematics. It is important that tamariki bring along their spelling books and mathematic flash cards.

These classes are free and refreshments are provided. Enrolment forms can be obtained from the Bluff Community School office at 39 Bradshaw Street, Bluff, or alternatively, drop in or telephone the rūnanga office on 03 212 6029.

On behalf of Te Rūnanga o Awarua and the Study Centre, we wish to extend our condolences to the Mullen whānau on the passing away of Jean Mullen in December last year.

Jean was one of the head teachers at the Study Centre for a number of years before succumbing to illness in March 2013. In what was possibly one of her last outings, it was great to see Jean at the end of year combined pool party for the Study Centre and art classes.

Tamariki and some of their parents at the pool party.

Tamariki and some of their parents at the pool party.