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Southern pupils were surprised with stationery donations this week.

Staff from the Southern Institute of Technology delivered care-packages full of stationery to Ascot Community School, Te Wharekura O Arowhenua, New River Primary and Invercargill Middle School.


A CHARITY which helps people locally and overseas has been donated a child’s outdoor fort to be auctioned.

Orphans Aid International op-shop manager Kathryn Casey said she had asked Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) staff for an object to be donated towards the charity’s van fundraiser, and was pleasantly surprised to be offered the substantial fort.

“They have been so supportive over the years so I thought I would approach them… I was thinking of a child’s playhouse to raffle at Christmas-time so was delighted when we were offered the fort,” Mrs Casey said.


International students are boosting Southland's economy and locking-in skilled workers.

A report by Education New Zealand studied the economic impact of international education in Southland for 2015-16.

The report says, international students in the region spend an average of $33,200 and foreign exchange earnings amounted to $46.3 million for 2015-16.

SIT international department and marketing manager Chami Abeysinghe said the impact of international education in the region showed significant exchange earnings as well as a substantial number of jobs created.


Southern MPs Todd Barclay and Sarah Dowie have welcomed this week’s publication of new research showing the significant economic benefits of international education for Southland and Otago.

The Regional Economic Impact Reports detail living costs, tuition fees, average spend per student, the number of jobs supported and economic value of international education.


A group of southern students are helping keep racing events in regional Southland alive. 

Event management students from the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) have been put in charge of promoting the Wyndham Cup Day races as part of an assessment. 

Student Balroop Singh said they were hoping to attract more than 500 people to the event. 


Dr Sally Dobbs is the new chair of NETS (Nursing Education in the Tertiary Sector). Find out about her career spanning a position as deputy matron of an army field hospital in Bosnia and nursing on a hospital ship in the Amazon.


Enrolments for domestic students are up on 2016 as the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) gears up for the new academic year. 

While enrolment numbers are still being finalised for semester one, SIT chief executive Penny Simmonds said there had been an increase both at the Invercargill campus and distance learning with SIT2LRN.


SOUTHERN Institute of Technology’s (SIT) Dr Sally Bodkin-Allen has been awarded the honour of a visiting research fellowship to the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.

The SIT Bachelor of Contemporary Music and Audio Production academic leader will visit the School of Music at ANU in May for 10 days to learn more about its music engagement programme as well as to teach and present at a workshop for graduates, as part of an ongoing collaboration between the two institutions.


Construction for the new Southern Institute of Technology accommodation on Yarrow St has started.

SIT chief executive Penny Simmonds said site clearing and preparation of the subgrade was under way on Monday after work at the site started last week.

Henderson Construction is now on site, she said.


Friday was a proud day for Natalie Barlow.

For years the mother-of-two has dedicated herself to helping her family and her husband with his business. But Friday was her day.

Barlow graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the Southern Institute of Technology.

She was one of hundreds of students donning the black robes and celebrating their success at the end of year graduation ceremony.

After completing a diploma in business and marketing about 14 years ago in Auckland, Barlow said she wanted to update her knowledge.


Does your Bic still flick? Have you got pencils and erasers that still have lots of life left in them? Then a stationery appeal for Southland primary school kids could be just the thing for you.

Students wrapping up their study for the year are being encouraged to donate their pens, pencils and rulers to the Southland Stationery Drive which will support the province's lower decile schools.


Could Southland be the set for a Bollywood film?

A Bollywood music video will be one of the short films debuted at the Southsure Emerging Artists Awards at Centre Stage on Thursday

The music video features the famous Bollywood song Aye Mere Humsafar (Oh My Soul Mate) sung by Indian Idol runner-up and Southern Institute of Technology student Ketan Kumawat.

​Kumawat and fellow student Miten Raichvra filmed the clip in Invercargill, including a restaurant scene on Esk St.

The film, which is a slow love song, tells the story of a love triangle, Kumawat said.

They decided to make the music video in the style of a short film instead of a lip-synced epic with large dance sequences that Bollywood fans were used to. 

 Raichvra said story was cute and everyone could relate to it, regardless if they were Bollywood fans or not.


Fashion students at the Southern Institute of Technology are gearing up for their annual fashion show and for one student, presenting her collection is the culmination of 30 years of dreaming.

Every year, the Chrysalis fashion showcase provides an opportunity for students studying the Bachelor of Fashion and the Graduate Diploma in Fashion to show off their year's work to the public.

This year is no exception, with students working away furiously in their workshops, pinning and hemming with precision and vigour ahead of the show on November 8.

For third year student Beverley Smit, the hard work she has put in over the years had been a long time coming, as nearing the completion of her degree was a dream come true.


Fashion from some of Southland's most talented young designers will go on show in the city next Tuesday.

Southern Institute of Technology Bachelor of Design Technology in Fashion students will join with Graduate Diploma in Fashion students to present their unique show, Chrysalis.


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.

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