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Entries for October 2016

28 Oct 2016

Nearly three quarters of students at the Southern Institute of Technology completed their qualifications in 2015, a new report from the Tertiary Education Commission shows.

The report, which records the performance of tertiary education organisations, shows 72 per cent of SIT students completed their qualifications in 2015 on par with the national average.

The report also shows 78 per cent of students successfully completed their courses at SIT in 2015, one per cent lower than the national average of 79 per cent.

28 Oct 2016

Nursing students are concerned international students are getting left behind in Southland health care system. 

The Southern Institute of Technology first year nursing students highlighted the issue at the Annual Health Expo at Hansen Hall on Thursday. 

Student Rhyarna Batchelor said most of the international students she had spoken to didn't know what to do if they were sick. 

"One man said that if he had chest pains he would stay home, this is concerning."

Other students had said they didn't know they could get cold and flu medication or basic pain killers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen from the supermarket or chemist without seeing a doctor. 

27 Oct 2016

Reporter Marjorie Cook continues The Mirror's occasional series "60 Minutes" by spending time with Southland Institute of Technology student Cassandra Harvey, of Wanaka.

Cassandra Harvey's got a smashing smile.

She's also quite likely to smash you in the pool. Actually, she has smashed me. Over the last few years, her whole family - mum Tammy, dad Patrick, sister Mikayla -  even her 67-year-old grandfather Will Harvey  - has thrashed me.

18 Oct 2016

A student health expo in Invercargill this week has a sickness prevention focus, while migrants will be shown how to navigate their way around the health system.

About 75 first-year bachelor of nursing students at the Southern Institute of Technology [SIT] are manning 15 stands at the SIT location on Thursday from 10am till 4pm.

Called building blocks to better family health, the expo has a focus on sickness prevention, nursing student Melissa Fluit said.

The 15 stands were decided on after the students researched the community needs in Southland, she said.

One stand will teach migrants how to navigate their way through the New Zealand health system, another will teach the public how to interpret food labels on food packaging and another will

show how people can identify signs of bowel disease. 

Infant safety will be a focus of one stand, and another will teach outdoorsy types how to respond to emergency situations in the wilderness.

The public will be given a house warrant of fitness to take away when visiting another stand, but beforehand will be educated about the health effects of mouldy and wet homes.

17 Oct 2016

Rachel Mann is formulating an charcterised web array about Invercargill teenagers with different racial backgrounds and themes.

As a temperament and enlightenment of Southland continues to grow, one Invercargill lady is on a goal to tell stories by animation which describe some-more closely to Southland teenagers. 

Southern Institute of Technology animation mentor Rachel Mann has only non-stop an muster during City Gallery in Invercargill, giving an inside demeanour into her building web series, Tale Enders.

17 Oct 2016

Oamaru man Matthew McLellan won a gold medal at the WorldSkills New Zealand Competition at Wintec, in Hamilton, at the weekend.
Mr McLellan won the joinery section and is now waiting to find out if he will be selected to represent New Zealand at either the Oceania WorldSkills competition in Australia or the International WorldSkills competition in Abu Dhabi next year.

07 Oct 2016

As the identity and culture of Southland continues to grow, one Invercargill woman is on a mission to tell stories through animation which relate more closely to Southland teenagers. 

Southern Institute of Technology animation tutor Rachel Mann has just opened an exhibition at City Gallery in Invercargill, giving an inside look into her developing web series, Tale Enders.

After doing a content analysis study on the animation which was available for New Zealand children and youths, she found the characters were predominantly caucasian and male, and none of the animation intended for viewers over the age of eight years old was made in New Zealand.

07 Oct 2016

San Francisco is about to get a taste of Invercargill.

The short film Click Clack Click will be screened at the International Dance Festival in San Francisco in October.

It was shot about two years ago and features a ballet dance sequence in Esk St. 

Written and directed by Southern Institute of Technology graduate James Wilkinson, the film tells the story of a waitress, played by Amy Hutton, who escapes into an imaginary world of dance and meets a dapper male dancer, played by Nick Beckwith.

04 Oct 2016

With an increasing Chinese presence in Southland, it is vital for the Southland community to foster relationships, Southern Institute of Technology chief executive Penny Simmonds says.

On Friday morning about 50 Chinese students and staff from the Southern Institute of Technology gathered on the Tay St campus in an intimate ceremony to mark Chinese National Day.

04 Oct 2016

It's been an incredible year for Rangiora photographer Cheryl Muirson. 

Having completed her Southern Institute of Technology Diploma in August 2015, a number of opportunities and achievements have since opened up. 

In April Muirson achieved her Associate of the Photographic Society of New Zealand (PSNZ) with a portfolio themed from Charles Dicken's novel Great Expectations.  Each of the photos was named from quotes directly from the book.