News @ ICNZ
June-July2014 Issue

The Waves

We welcome our readers to enjoy our June-July edition. As always, we have packed up a lot information to provide you with a glimpse of our students life at our college. We hope that this would be an interesting read and look forward to any suggestions.

Keeping our history, we had a number of guest speakers coming in to address the students on various topics.

Inside this issue

  • Guest Speakers
  • Birthday Celebrations
  • Story

Guest Speaker

Preparation of Curriculum Vita (CV) _______________________

ICNZ has a focus of holistically developing its students; therefore we requested one of our esteemed Local Advisory Committee (LAC) members Mr John Sherwood to educate our Level 5 batch on the hiring process and important aspects of CV making. John started the session by highlighting that anytime we write a resume, we have to put ourselves in the shoes of the employer that's rummaging through the stack of (probably unsolicited) resumes piling up on his desk thus,your resumes has to stand out to designate a qualified applicant. Employers want to know why they should hire you, as opposed to the hundreds of other applicants — but most importantly, they want to see it. You have to stick it in their face and let them know that you are the best person for the job thus, the covering letter is equally important as the CV itself.

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Students took notes and asked him a number of questions to improve their own resume.Later, students made amendments to their respective CVs according to the information delivered in the session.

Traffic Regulation Legislation _____________________________

In the month of June, Mr Maddox Ahuja from Grey Lynn Neighbourhood Law office (GNLO) informed the Level 5 batch about the traffic regulations in New Zealand. All of our students are from different countries therefore educating them on the countries traffic regulations is utmost important.

Informing students on such topics is under our Pastoral Care process therefore we ensure that students are aware of their surroundings so that they are able to make informed decisions and react accordingly. Mr. Maddox explained to the students what New Zealand road code is and how one would get their car register their car. Since, the driving re-

gulations are strict here in addition to maintenance of the car (warrant of fitness) therefore students were keen to know. Some students shared their experience of receiving a ticket due to being unaware of the certain law.

Healthy Eating ________________________________________

One of highly respected and well-known person in New Zealand is Mr. Ella Kumar. She is an elected local board member of Mt. Roskill community centre and is a lifestyle coordinator and health and fitness educator at Procare. Apart from this, she actively volunteers to educate people on healthy eating and including exercise in their daily routine.

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As part of Pastoral care and ICNZ holistic approach, we invited Ms. Ella Kumar to present an interactive lecture to our Level 5 and 6 batch.

The session conducted by her, was highly welcomed by the students and many commented saying that “It was very informative, we want more of these!”.

In her session, she educated the students on the serving size of their meals, the ingredients of the food products that they commonly consume, particularly carbonated drinks. She even conducted a small physical exercise, in which the students actively participated. Overall, the session was a big success among the students and the college is encouraged to promote the same in the future

Class Focus

Students are often engaged in role-playing exercises and some of these exercises are part of their assignments as well. The learning is more practical and entertaining when such assessment methods are used. According to a research “Role playing helps in giving students a better understanding of the decision-making environment. Role-playing, case studies, and simulation games can all improve the effectiveness of learning when used as teaching aids” (Blank, .1985).

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Level 5 students conducting an informal meeting for the Unit: 11649 – Manage business meetings to achieve objectives.

Birthday Celebrations

Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age.
Sometimes age just shows up all by itself.
~ Tom Wilson ~

Our Monday - Tuesday batch celebrated Bandana’s (Level 6) birthday:

Student’s representatives of each batch play a key role in making these birthdays memorable. Anjanie (Level 5) and Deepak Khillian(Level 6) are mainly responsible for organising student’s birthday.

Bandana (Level 6) felt special and thanked everyone for the lovely arrangement and the treats!

Wednesday - Thursday batch celebrated Joteshni’s (Level 5) birthday:

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Students enjoy these celebrations and look forward to such gatherings.

Monday-Tuesday batch celebrated birthdays of Shafreen and Priyanta (Level 5), Gurjeet and Sanket (Level 6) with much fervour. Students contributed in decoration and enjoyed the moment.

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Instead of men in black, we have students in blue! For their friend’s birthday Level 5, class of Wednesday and Thursday coordinated to dress in blue. Sunil Narayan celebrated his birthday with not the regular “blues”. The pictures depict how much the students enjoyed and had a great time

At the end of the newsletter, we leave you with this interesting story:

Staff fitness reflected in best work

Aside from the obvious effects of exercise on physical fitness and mental well-being, a recent study suggests that the positive impact of exercise on your personal life may extend to how well you function at work.

A survey by recruitment firm Randstad indicates that Kiwi workers believe there is a strong link between performance in the workplace and keeping fit and active, with 70 per cent of employees saying the quality of their work benefits when they exercise regularly.

Perhaps alarmingly, the Randstad report also reveals that over a fifth of New Zealand employees don't feel as if they have enough energy to get up and go to work each day. While it's easy to assume this is caused by lack of fitness, doctor and medical researcher Professor Shaun Holt says low energy and motivation is often a response to such factors as emotional stress, boredom or lack of sleep, and that in some cases fatigue may be a sign of a more serious mental or physical condition and should be evaluated by a doctor.

Holt says possible medical causes of low energy include iron deficiency anemia, depression, some medications, sleep disorders, an underactive thyroid gland and even diabetes. Paul Robinson, Randstad's New Zealand director, believes it's important that people find the time to keep fit and active and don't use their jobs and busy schedules as an excuse to let unhealthy habits creep into their lives. "We should all be working with our employers to add these habits into our daily routines," he says. "Whether it's playing sport, joining a running group or going to the gym, it's up to employees and businesses to work together to ensure everyone is as healthy and happy as possible."

The survey highlights that many workplaces help their employees stay fit, and Robinson says these programmes can be easily implemented, require minimal investment and can be a great way to improve performance and build engagement and camaraderie among staff. The Southern Cross Health Society believes healthy minds and bodies lead to great work. Vicki Caisley, head of People & Talent, says the society's wellness programme, Switch2well, sits at the foundation of the organisation and provides a holistic approach to health and wellbeing through educational health and wellness workshops, individual challenges and group activities. Other highlights of the Switch2well programme include "the sustainable commute" (where 270 staff travel to work by train, bike, walking, ferry, bus or carpool), flu vaccinations, healthy lunches, eye checks, healthy finance seminars, nutritional videos and most recently, a team pedometer challenge called Shift, which ran for four weeks in May and June with 61 per cent of employees participating. Caisley says that while employees enjoy the challenges of Switch2well, it's fair to say that encouragement is required to maintain interest in participation.

"However, feedback after each activity tells us our people are enjoying and benefiting from the programme."Last year almost 80 per cent agreed that, 'My participation in Switch2well activities has had a positive impact on my health and wellbeing'," she says.

Source: Court, R. (July, 2014). New Zealand Herald. Staff fitness reflected in best work. Retrieved
from: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11292084