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New Lego job child’s play for Blenheim designer

School and Education Marlborough Weekly

It was once his favourite toy, now a former Marlborough Boys’ College student has landed his dream job - at Lego.
'It was once his favourite toy, now a former Marlborough Boys’ College student has landed his dream job – at Lego. As a young boy, former Blenheim man Regan Petrie, 25, spent hours perfecting his Lego creations. Now he’ll get the chance to do so again after beating off competition from hundreds of other hopefuls to head to Denmark after landing a sought after position as a designer. He says landing the job is the “biggest thing” to happen to him. Regan Petrie arrives at the Lego HQ. Photo: Supplied. “I’m very, very stoked. “It’s probably the biggest thing that’s happened to me in my life.” Regan prepared for his interview by surveying the young and young-at-heart in Blenheim. Although now based in Melbourne, Regan’s parents live in Marlborough. “As a kid, I played with Lego a lot. “When I was a kid, I remember I was quite jealous of a friend who had a bigger set than me. “I would always go around to his house and make stuff and then play in each other’s worlds that we built. “We played a lot with Lego City, being able to build massive cities. “I had this map with a city layout, and we would build around that. It was pretty cool. “It’s quite phenomenal being able to give back to the next generation and build something that’s used internationally,” he says. Regan studied a master’s degree in design, focused on innovation in virtual and augmented reality at Victoria University in Wellington. He was fast-tracked in his application to join the global institution. While he doesn’t speak Danish, come September Regan will be moving to the birthplace and headquarters of the colourful brick, Billund in Denmark. Hotel Legoland in Denmark. Photo: Supplied. Regan says the management at Lego were happy receiving feedback from the southern hemisphere. “Getting a response from the other side of the world is quite interesting to them,” Regan says. Regan did a lot of work to help ensure he was the successful applicant, including surveying people in Blenheim. “[Lego] said here’s one of our products, what would you do if you were going to re-release this product next year. “Using that survey, I pulled out what people liked most about their product and tried to reflect that with the product I designed. “It was really helpful, it gave me some data that said, this is what I’m going to design, and this is the reason why I’m going to design it”, he says. Regan’s role at Lego involves visualising what could be possible for new sets a decade from now. He says children have moved towards playing more digitally than they did a decade ago. “It’s working with new technology, digital tech, the role is pretty crazy.” he says. “It’s an amazing company and I’ll be creating fun in peoples’ lives. “The focus is on digital experiences and how technology can be used to create more engaging experiences for kids”. But before he begins designing, Regan will have a lot to learn. He says Lego have been great putting plans in place for him when he arrives. “They’re helping me a lot relocating and understanding the culture. “Helping me with critical things like my taxes, driver’s license and Danish culture classes. “They’re very much like, hey we want you to stay, we don’t want you to just work here we want you to live. It’s a very personalised relocation.” He is also looking forward to work meeting as, he says, every meeting room has a set of Lego that you can play with. “When I went into a meeting room with them, they started playing with Lego. That’s not something you see in every office”.'

Good Shepherd College has final graduation

School and Education NZ Catholic Newspaper

It is a time of change for the Church, and also for Good Shepherd College in Ponsonby, said the chair of the college’s senate at the final graduation ceremony for the institution.
'It is a time of change for the Church, and also for Good Shepherd College in Ponsonby, said the chair of the college’s senate at the final graduation ceremony for the institution.Dr Tony Lanigan told graduates, college staff and guests at the St Columba Centre on June 7 that this was the last such ceremony for GSC because the New Zealand bishops plan to merge the college and The Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand into a “single provider body”. “But the bishops remain fully committed to forming seminarians in New Zealand . . . and, as I understand it, they are also committed to developing a higher educational profile and opportunity for the workforce in our Catholic schools,” he said.Dr Lanigan, a civil engineer, looked back on the achievements of the college since its trust deed was signed in 2000. “Since the original graduation in 2003, there have been, through the Sydney College of Divinity, . . . 112 Bachelor of Theology degrees awarded, and, since 2009, there have been 86 Graduate Diplomas in Theology,” he said.He also noted that GSC has stacked up well in terms of research done, given the number of staff and students, according to national measures.Near the end of his address, he cited a quote from Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman in The Idea of a University: “If a practical end must be assigned to a university course, I say it is that of training good members of society.It is the education which gives a man a clear conscious view of his own opinions and judgements, a truth in developing them, an eloquence in expressing them and a force in urging them.It teaches him to see things as they are, to go right to the point, to disentangle a skein of thought to detect what is sophistical and to discard what is irrelevant.” “I reckon in all respects we aligned with that pretty well,” Dr Lanigan said of GSC. “What’s more, we employed women as well as men, so I think that is pretty positive.” Earlier on, he noted that, in 2001, there were 22 diocesan seminarians, 3 Marist seminarians and 6 lay students studying at the college. “Today, that composition has changed to 15 seminarians and 44 non-clerics.” He thanked academic and support staff, past and present, who have contributed to the success of Good Shepherd College.He particularly thanked the Society of Mary, which has provided the base of teaching staff over the years, as well as “partners” the Sydney College of Divinity and the Catholic Institute of Sydney. “You have all contributed to making Good Shepherd College a reliable and a reputable place for students wanting to undertake tertiary theological study in a distinctly Catholic environment.And I thank you. “I pray the Holy Spirit will guide the establishment and operation of the new enterprise.” Also in his address, he reflected upon the Catholic upbringing he received and the impact of Vatican II.Dr Lanigan then spoke about ongoing change in the Church, especially in recent times. “You know perceptions of many things have changed,and particularly of the Church, and I just witnessed the clerical abuse worldwide . . . “People are questioning — what is the meaning of Church?I have heard close friends of mine, who have had the same upbringing, I’ve heard them say — I am in danger of not losing my faith, but losing my religion.And that disturbs me, but maybe it is good that they are asking the question? “I just know that there is disquiet at how the institutional Church appears to operate.” After speaking about the crisis of Israel’s faith connected with the destruction of the first Temple and the Babylonian exile, Dr Lanigan referenced Scripture scholar Raymond Brown’s thinking that the Church, as Israel did, can learn a lot about God in such times of turmoil.Dr Lanigan also observed that, with media and social media, people “have the opportunity to read more widely about a diversity of views from within and from without the Church.And I think that the Church is better for it”. “People can access worldwide trends easily, and particularly within the Church and wonder why things move so slowly in New Zealand.” He referenced overseas developments like increasingly parish-based formation for those preparing for priesthood (in Ireland), as well as things happening in other churches such as part-time clergy, women as clergy and married clergy. “So where is the Church on that?People ask these questions validly and I think answers are deserved.” “The wondering and the questioning go on,” he said. “It is a sign of being healthy.” Dr Lanigan also spoke of the power of witness, especially by those carrying out the corporal works of mercy.He referred to what he had seen during his involvement with housing charity Habitat for Humanity and in disaster relief overseas.Another theme he developed in his address was the sense of awe and wonder at the presence of God, experienced through creation. “I want you, as graduates, to not lose that sense of wonder and awe in the joy that is the God around us,” he told the graduates. echo $variable; . 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What to know about NZ’s chances at the INF Netball World Cup

School and Education The Spinoff

Twelve years since she last watched a Netball World Cup, Alice Webb-Liddall revisits her childhood passion to preview the 2019 competition before the Silver Ferns’ first game tonight.New Zealand has been in a bit of a slump when it comes to netball.
'Twelve years since she last watched a Netball World Cup, Alice Webb-Liddall revisits her childhood passion to preview the 2019 competition before the Silver Ferns’ first game tonight. New Zealand has been in a bit of a slump when it comes to netball. What used to be a staple school sport is being closed in on by the exciting international prospects of basketball and the rising women’s spheres of cricket and rugby. At the start of the decade it seemed we were on top of our game, winning Commonwealth victories and Fast5 titles, but this hot streak ended sometime in the past few years. We slipped to third in the world rankings after a poor fourth-place finish at the Commonwealth Games in 2018, and former coach Janine Southby resigned after a review into the dismal result.  Now, under the guidance of former Silver Ferns attack Noeline Taurua, the team seems to have some of their mojo back. So what chance does New Zealand have of getting the trophy this year? Some things to consider: Australia are on a World Cup-winning streak The last time the Australian Diamonds didn’t win the INF Netball World Cup was 2003. They’re on a three-time winning streak, and their current captain Caitlin Bassett has played in two of those tournaments. They top the world rankings by a large margin, and have been the Ferns’ main rival for decades.  Late last year the Diamonds took home the Constellation Cup after a 3-1 series win over New Zealand, a trophy they’ve held for six consecutive years. But they’re not invincible It was too late to change the result of the 2018 Constellation Cup, but the Ferns’ one win proved that New Zealand still had the skill to shake a strong Australian side, and the confidence borne from that could be powerful for the Ferns in this tournament. England also dethroned the Diamonds in a final-seconds win to claim the Commonwealth gold in 2018, in a game described as “shocking” and a “misery” for the Australian side. Host-side England are looking very strong After their Commonwealth win, England defender Eboni Usoro-Brown says the team is “ underdog favourites ” to take out this year’s top spot, which would be a first for the side. The trophy’s only ever been won by Australia or New Zealand, with the exception of a three-way first-equal in 1979 with Trinidad and Tobago. The England Roses should make it through the pool stage relatively easily, but facing Jamaica and South Africa in the second round may be a tougher fight. Pressure from home crowds could build up for the hosting side, but could also provide the support England need to repeat their Commonwealth win. Jamaica and South Africa can’t be ruled out Jamaica got a podium finish at the Commonwealth Games last year, beating the Silver Ferns by five goals in the bronze medal match. It was the first time in Commonwealth history that the Silver Ferns have missed out on a medal, but it was a well-earned win by a composed Jamaican side.  They’ve got a hard draw though, facing South Africa in a pool match. Under the guidance of Norma Plummer, who coached the Australian Diamonds to two World Cup wins in 2007 and 2011, South Africa are definitely not lacking in strategy, and their win against England in January should give them some confidence heading into the competition. Do the Silver Ferns have a chance? If you’re superstitious, you could draw links between Australia’s last three-World Cup-win-streak, which New Zealand managed to break in 2003. If you’re not superstitious, we have a tough fight ahead of us, but have recently proven there’s still power in our team. Making it through the pool stage should be relatively easy. Tonight’s Malawi game could be an interesting one: the side is predictably unpredictable, pulling off a win against New Zealand in the pool match of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.  In the second stage matches we will face Australia, but despite this the Ferns have a relatively easy run into the semi-finals. What we didn’t have in the Commonwealth Games were veteran players Laura Langman and Casey Kopua, who have 255 caps for the Silver Ferns between them. The return of these two experienced players, combined with the fresh approach of coach Noeline Taurua gives us a chance at making it to the end. The world media isn’t picking the Silver Ferns as favourites for a podium finish, but if the current Cricket World Cup is anything to go by, writing us off too soon could be a mistake.'