Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

St John Mascot “Primo” Turns Ten

St John Mascot “Primo” Turns Ten

He is tall, conservatively dressed in a monochromatic colour scheme and all about being a good New Zealand citizen.

The St John Penguin Programme’s mascot “Primo”, the Yellow-Eyed Penguin, turns ten on September 15, representing a decade of the youth programme – aimed at six to eight year olds - in New Zealand.

To celebrate, the St John Penguins return to their original launch venue – Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World in Auckland.

St John Northern Region Community Programmes Manager Sarah Manley says the Penguins are the first building block in the organisation’s youth programme.

“Our youth programme has a long history of providing inspiration and leadership skills to New Zealand’s young citizens up to the age of 18. While we have offered a youth movement for older children for 85 years in New Zealand, our Penguin programme – at just ten years old - is relatively young,” she says.

The programme currently has 1239 active members in New Zealand and over the past decade more than 7700 children have been through the programme.

Children meet once a week during the school term to learn basic first aid and other practical life skills. The programme encourages common sense, honesty, self-control, courage and a sense of fair-play.

During the two year programme children work towards obtaining their Super Penguin Award. To gain this award a child must follow a course and obtain nine badges. The badges are for caring, hobbies, resourcefulness, communication, safety, health, games, first aid and St John history.

Since its inception 999 Super Penguin Awards have been achieved.

For more information about the Penguin Programme and St John youth visit www.stjohn.org.nz

About St John

All around New Zealand, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – St John members care for communities, help people in medical and accident emergencies, and relieve sickness and injury.

In 2011 St John attended over 336,000 emergency incidents and treated and transported more than 396,000 patients – 6.6% more than in the previous year.

St John is a charity relying on support from the community to help fund services to improve the health and well-being of New Zealanders - including Youth programmes, Friends of the Emergency Department, Caring Caller and St John Safe Kids.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'


The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>


Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>


Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland