Pupils shine at social science fair

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Pupils at Menzies College and Northern Southland College showed their knack for social science after doing well at a national fair last month.
Nine pupils from Menzies College entered the Southland Social Science Fair, held in Invercargill, and five entries came back with a good result.
Head of social science Louise Youngson said it was the third time the school had entered the fair and it was the third time it had received first and second placings.
The pupils chose their own topics which included South Africa, the town of Wyndham, Chinese goldminers in New Zealand and the 1975 Maori land march.
Mrs Youngson said she had discovered what the judges were looking for.
‘‘Presentation is really important — catching the judges’ eye and the level of detail,’’ Mrs Youngson said.
Pupil Hannah Fotheringham won first place in the year 11 to 13 category and received second overall in the sport category for her work on the 1981 Springbok rugby tour.
Pupil Lachie King was placed second in the year 11 to 13 category for his work on Chinese goldminers in New Zealand.
Pupil Lucy Elers received a merit in the year 11 to 13 category for her work about the Maori land march and Nadine Martin received merit in the year 9 to 10 category for her work about the town of Wyndham.
All three year 11 to 13 pupils received excellence in their use of history.
Hannah said her work looked at the background of the Springbok tour, what happened and how it affected New Zealand society and part of South Africa.
‘‘I like South Africa so I thought I would do that,’’ Hannah said.
It was the first time Hannah had entered the fair. – Three siblings at Northern Southland College also entered the social science fair and received high results.
Pupils Samuel Rodgers-Foran (15), Cassandra Rodgers-Foran (13) and Charlotte Rodgers-Foran (11) submitted work for the fair which they worked on during the term.
Samuel’s work was based on Yelf (Youth EnviroLeaders Forum) — Sir Peter Blake Trust, which received first place in the current events section and third place in the year 11 and 12 category.
Cassandra’s work was on the top 10 best places in Southland, which received first place in the Best Place in Southland category, and Charlotte submitted work on the ILT Kidzone which won second place in the year 7 and 8 category.
Samuel and Cassandra had entered the social science fair last year and were also successful.
Northern Southland College pupil Imogen Highfield (12) also submitted work and received a participation certificate for her work, entitled The Killing Fields.