SecondaryEd news 13 Mar 2017

Oversubscribed schools; schools struggling to survive; schools working together; schools that have the capital to make the system pay them; other schools struggling to pay increased govt imposed costs within reduced budgets; and more ....

Media items selected by the PPTA Te Wehengarua as an update on secondary education and union issues in the news, with the main focus on New Zealand.

Wellington school teaching kids in caravan as numbers swell
Cluster aims to raise Māori achievement
Nelson College looks to cash in on renting out boarding houses
Canterbury schools say yes to gender diversity
The battle of Te Aute - how did they win?
Teachers asked to help shape new professional standards and ethics
Call for schools to be exempt from police check charges
Education Expo showcases tools for teachers
Wellington College scandal: Legal action taken over boys' identities
Suspension lifted for St Pat's Silverstream boys who filmed teachers inappropriately
Protest at parliament by school girls
City College staff hit by food poisoning
Students shed tears thanking those who helped them
Southland schools work together for better sport education
Children's Commissioner calls for universal disability screening for kids at age five
Government urged to improve pay for teacher aides
Equity, quality and accessibility, NZEI's new president talks about what she wants to see in education
Schoolgirl hurt in attempted abduction at a Hawke's Bay high school
Auckland University staff to strike for fair pay (Tertiary)

Wellington school teaching kids in caravan as numbers swell
John Gerritsen, Education Correspondent
Wellington High School principal Nigel Hanton said the school was full, having reached a roll of 1260 students - about 350 more than it had five years ago
Mr Hanton said he was not sure where the growth had come from.
"It's probably a demographic blip in the population," he said.

Cluster aims to raise Māori achievement
By Aroha Treacher 4:01pm, Friday 10 March 2017
Seven low decile schools in Hawke's Bay with predominantly Māori students are working together as a cluster to raise the achievement levels of their students.
Close to 100 teachers met today at Pukemokimoki Marae in Napier today as they look for new ways to educate their some 1500 students combined.

Nelson College looks to cash in on renting out boarding houses
CHARLES ANDERSON,March 11 2017
Nelson College has big plans to become a major player in the local accommodation market as it pushes ahead with plans that have seen the school turn over almost $5 million last year.
The school has increasingly looked to develop its facilities as a way to stave off the financial pressures that come with educating 1300 boys.
It turned over almost $4.8m last year through renting out its boarding facilities, income from international and prep school students.

Canterbury schools say yes to gender diversity
EMILY SPINK, March 12 201
Canterbury schools are opening their doors to transgender students with plans for gender-neutral toilets and uniforms.
Lincoln High School and Beckenham Primary School are two of the most progressive schools in the region, amidst a global gender revolution, driven largely by social media.

The battle of Te Aute - how did they win?
TOMMY LIVINGSTON, March 11 2017
... Te Aute, an Anglican Maori boarding school, has long been a place where culture, mana, faith and whanau are fostered.
It wasn't long ago, however, when it seemed the school's song was falling on deaf ears, and the tune they were singing could be their last.

Teachers asked to help shape new professional standards and ethics
Fuseworks Media, Friday, 10 March, 2017
How teachers practice and conduct themselves is under review.
The Education Council is, today, launching Our Code, Our Standards to ask teachers about their expectations of ethical behaviour and standards of professional practice for the teaching profession.

Call for schools to be exempt from police check charges
An Auckland principal is raising concerns about soon to be introduced costs for police vetting.
From July, police will be charging organisations almost $10 for each vetting check they complete.By Jenna Lynch

Education Expo showcases tools for teachers
Hekia Parata, 10 March, 2017
Education Minister Hekia Parata is today hosting for the first time an education expo that lays out all the tools and resources available to support Communities of Learning │Kāhui Ako.
“The first National Cross Sector Forum for 2017 is on another level in its focus on how we work together to raise educational achievement for all our young people,” says Ms Parata.

Wellington College scandal: Legal action taken over boys' identities
10 March 2017
Lawyers for the boys at the centre of a controversy over comments about rape have taken an injunction against RNZ over any details leading to their identification.

Suspension lifted for St Pat's Silverstream boys who filmed teachers inappropriately
LAURA DOONEY, March 10 2017
The suspension of four boys who inappropriately filmed female teachers at St Patrick's College, Silverstream, has been lifted.
The school's board of trustees disciplinary sub-committee has met and made the decision, after the four were caught filming the teachers in what the school described as a "most distressing incident of sexual harassment".

Protest at parliament by school girls
School girls will call for changes to address rape culture at a protest at parliament on Monday.
13 March 2017
College girls have organised a protest at parliament to highlight the issue of rape culture.
The protest on Monday at 4.30pm will call for the compulsory teaching of consent and the rights of women in secondary schools.
There will be a variety of speakers, say the organisers, a group of Wellington East Girls' College students.

City College staff hit by food poisoning
By Anne-Marie McDonald, Friday Mar 10, 2017
"We've never experienced anything like it."
That's the assessment of Whanganui City College principal Peter Kaua after three-quarters of his staff were struck down with food poisoning, forcing the school's closure today.

Students shed tears thanking those who helped them
Sunday Mar 12, 2017
Five burly school-leavers were reduced to tears as they thanked the women who co-ordinate the Kai Ora breakfast club at Mount Maunganui College.

Southland schools work together for better sport education
REBECCA MOORE, March 12 2017
Getting kids involved in sports has been made easier with the formation of new "clusters" between Southland schools.
More than 40 schools have joined the programme, supported by Sport Southland.

Children's Commissioner calls for universal disability screening for kids at age five
TALIA SHADWELL, March 12 2017
The Children's Commissioner is calling for all children to be screened for developmental and learning disorders when they enter school.

Government urged to improve pay for teacher aides
Jacqui Stanford,  Monday, 13 March 2017
The Government is being urged to delve into its election year war chest, to improve the pay for teacher aides.
School support staff will take part in paid union meetings from today onwards, to discuss their ongoing collective agreement negotiations.

Equity, quality and accessibility, NZEI's new president talks about what she wants to see in education
LAURA DOONEY, March 11 2017
Recently elected the president of NZEI Te Riu Roa, Lynda Stuart has worked tirelessly in education for more than three decades, and is passionate about creating equity, accessibility and quality in education, particularly for Pasifika and Maori students. She loves working with children and educators, parents and the wider community in her bid to ensure every child has a chance to do their best.

Schoolgirl hurt in attempted abduction at a Hawke's Bay high school
Source:1 NEWS
Hawke's Bay Today says they "understand" a male Caucasian was responsible for the attempted abduction of the student at Tamatea High School at 8.30am.
 
Tertiary
Auckland University staff to strike for fair pay
10/03/2017
Auckland University staff have scheduled to strike action on March 16 in an effort to achieve fair pay, an education union says.
The Tertiary Education Union said negotiations with university management have been going on for over seven months.


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