Art with confidence in Wanaka
Wanaka residents can now develop their creative flare with the start of night-time art classes, thanks to Otago Polytechnic.
Steev Peyroux, Technical Teacher at the Dunedin School of Art, says this is the first time Otago Polytechnic has offered art night classes in Wanaka.
“We are really excited to provide this creative education for the Wanaka community. It’s particularly exciting that the tutor is of such a high calibre”.
That tutor is Jenny Sutherland - a graduate of Otago Polytechnic and an experienced teacher. She aims to provide a relaxing and resourceful introduction to drawing.
Students will learn to draw with various mediums, learn about methods and media, new skills and how to develop creative ideas.
The course starts on May 1 and runs through to June 23.
Read more about Drawing With Confidence.
Foraging for fine food
Mouth-watering mushrooms, tantalising thyme, flavoursome figs … they’re all there for the foraging in the latest project for Otago Polytechnic’s Central Campus cookery students.
The Diploma in Cookery class recently partnered with Amisfield Bistro to learn which wonderful weeds are worth foraging for – then they created a four course fine dining experience to match selected Amisfield wines with their produce.
Peter Langlands, an expert on native flora, fauna and marine life, shared his knowledge with the group.
The class foraged for two days then created a menu including a local protein (like rabbit or venison) to finish the dish.
Chris Smith, Cookery lecturer, says the project aligns perfectly with Otago Polytechnic’s ethos.
“We focus on ‘paddock to plate’, and this is exactly that. It’s getting back to the fundamentals of cooking – using what is around you and in season. It’s all about sustainability” he says.
Amisfield’s food philosophy echoes that sentiment. They serve the best of what is fresh, local and in season. Spokesperson, Larni Wedd, says the company wanted to share their knowledge, so asked Otago Polytechnic Central students to join them.
“We are fortunate to have the Culinary School in our back yard. With the desire to inspire the up and comers in our industry, we have invited them to come and be a part of our journey” she says.
Watch Channel 39's story on the event.
Learn more about Cookery at Otago Polytechnic's Central Campus.
Chairs to that!
A group of Central Otago Secondary school boys has joined their collective talent to raise money for New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation’s Pink Ribbon Campaign.
The group of 14 are studying Level 2 Carpentry at the Otago Secondary Tertiary College (OSTC) at Otago Polytechnic’s Central Campus. This helps them achieve NCEA and aligns them with a vocational pathway into further education, industry training or employment. They meet every Friday, and have recently made outdoor benches which they’ve decided to raffle to raise money for the charity.
Lecturer, Grant Beel, says the young men love their Friday lessons.
“They’re supposed to start at 9am, but they’re always there by 8:15. I have to make them break for lunch, they’re just loving the hands on learning” he says. “It’s great that they want to use their new skills to raise money for charity”.
The raffle will be drawn at the Pink Ribbon Breakfast in Cromwell on Wednesday 26. The raffle cards are nearly all sold – with $400 raised for the charity.
The first prize is an outdoor chair, second prize is a breadboard and spatula, and third prize is a wooden kiwi. Dunedin OSTC is holding the same raffle, for an identical set of prizes.
Read more about the Otago Secondary Tertiary College.
Read more about Construction at Otago Polytechnic.
Otago Polytechnic Central Campus leading by example
Otago Polytechnic Central Campus Marketing Manager, Melanie Kees, is leading by example, and is hitting the books ... again!
Melanie already has a New Zealand Certificate in Tourism (Level 4) (Operations) and a Bachelor of Applied Management, and now she's enrolled for a Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Practice.
In this Otago Daily Times Article, Melanie explains that she is part of one of the target markets for Otago Polytechnic Central Campus, and she praises recognition of prior learning.
Read more about the Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Practice.
Otago Polytechnic welcomes 2017 Otago Secondary Tertiary Students
Otago Polytechnic’s Central and Dunedin campuses are welcoming over 120 new students to the Otago Secondary Tertiary College.
Previously known as the Trades Academy in Central Otago, the Otago Secondary Tertiary College (OSTC) is a training college which gives secondary school students a head start to achieving career-based qualifications while working towards their NCEA at school.
This year Central campus is welcoming students from Wakatipu High, Mount Aspiring College, Cromwell College, Dunstan High and Roxburgh Area School. The students are offered subjects including Level 3 Cookery, Hospitality, Automotive and Carpentry studies.
For more information on the Otago Secondary Tertiary College visit: https://central.op.ac.nz/trades-academy/otago-secondary-tertiary-college/
Short Courses 2017
Check out the range of Short Courses available at Central Campus for 2017. Register your interest now as we will be setting dates soon. Call 0800 765 9276 or Email us.
American Search & Rescue team train in Central Otago
An American search & rescue team affiliated with the US Air Force has spent two weeks in the mountain ranges of Central Otago on a customised avalanche safety course taught by Otago Polytechnic’s Avalanche Safety & Snow Sport programme manager Peter Bilous.
The team, who were looking at avalanche safety training options during the months of July and August, found the programme offered by the Central campus online. They made contact and were impressed with Central’s proposal, which included a professional training plan and a day to day schedule that really stood out as being a well-planned and tailor-made mountain safety programme, perfect for what they were after.
Ryan the team commander said, “We were impressed from the onset with the team from Otago Polytechnics Central campus and the effort they put into making this work for us. They made sure the training was maximised and met our budget. They were also really good at communicating with us to make sure the customised programme would meet the team’s objectives.”
He also said one of the highlights of the programme was spending three nights in the Bob Lee hut on the Pisa range, “Being able to spend time out in the mountain environment and apply our avalanche rescue skills was not only critical to our learning of the material but also a great opportunity for the team to bond together.”
The team of 13 spent time at Cardrona, Mt Pisa range and took part in some glacier based training on the Mt Cook glaciers under the guidance of respected mountain guide Hugh Barnard.
The team will apply their training in a search and rescue capacity when responding to avalanches, or to move safely across avalanche terrain in mountain environments, and hope that the programme could become a regular part of their training.
Ryan added that they will definitely be recommending Otago Polytechnic training to other teams also, “The entire experience has been fantastic, the training Peter gave us was phenomenal, and we are very pleased we chose this programme. Peter has so much knowledge to share and all members of our team have left with much more confidence in their avalanche rescue skills and using these in real world situations. Massive thanks goes to Peter and the staff at Otago Polytechnics Central campus, it has been a wonderful and worthwhile experience for us all.”