SecondaryEd news 14 Mar 2017

Minister proclaims the success of BPS targets; editorial pat on the back for gender neutral schools; consent; Polyfest; and Mike takes a minute to argue against paying teachers more while trumpeting performance pay; ....

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.

Roll growth and rebuilds leave Canterbury schools struggling for space
BPS results show outstanding progress in education
Editorial: gender neutral schools should be applauded
Protest at Parliament against rape culture in schools
No 'rape culture' at Wellington College
$1000 for South Auckland schools to get to Polyfest
Grant gives golden science and technology opportunity to three Wairarapa schools
Mike's Minute: Properly paid teachers will stay
Principal says no risk to boat passengers in stormy charter trip from Great Barrier Island
Teaching the Holocaust so students are "safely in and safely out"
Poor pay keeps good teachers away (Fiji)
Education Fellowship Trust becomes first academy chain to give up all of its schools (UK)

Roll growth and rebuilds leave Canterbury schools struggling for space
ADELE REDMOND, March 13 20
Canterbury schools are holding classes in gyms and staff rooms as roll growth and rebuild programmes strain their capacity.
Principals said they were "under pressure" but able to cope with property shortages, particularly if "an end is in sight".

BPS results show outstanding progress in education
Hekia Parata, Paul Goldsmith, 13 March, 2017
The Better Public Service (BPS) goals of growing the number of children in Early Childhood Education, increasing the proportion of 18 year olds with NCEA Level 2 or equivalent, and increasing graduates of Level 4 or tertiary equivalents have all shown fantastic progress, say Education Minister Hekia Parata and Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith.

Editorial: gender neutral schools should be applauded
March 14 2017
Who would have expected that school bathrooms could become one of the most fiercely contested fronts in the identity politics wars? Conservative lobby group Family First recently launched a campaign called "Ask Me First", which disputes the increasingly popular view that gender is a matter of identity rather than biology and that there should ever be such a modern abomination as toilets catering to transgender youth.

Protest at Parliament against rape culture in schools
LAURA DOONEY, March 13 2017
Hundreds of demonstrators, mostly high school students, turned up to a protest at Parliament against a perceived rape culture in schools.
Monday's protest came in the wake of sexist jokes posted on a Facebook page by Wellington College students.

No 'rape culture' at Wellington College
IAIN THORPE, 13/03/2017
Wellington College has been in the news for all the wrong reasons this week.
As a parent of a boy at Wellington College and a girl at Wellington Girls' College I have heard a fair bit about it all, and the associated rumours and gossip.

$1000 for South Auckland schools to get to Polyfest
KYMBERLEE FERNANDES, March 13 2017
Polyfest 2017 is back and it's got all the students in South Auckland upbeat about it.
Helping out a few schools get to the stage is Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

Grant gives golden science and technology opportunity to three Wairarapa schools
ILLYA MCLELLAN, March 10 2017
An unused field at a semi-rural school could become a farming, science and technology hub that will spark young minds for years to come.
The project,  driven by students from Southend Primary, Kuranui College and Makoura College, is aimed to design an eco-farm and renewable energy powered school building on the primary school's unused rear field.

Mike's Minute: Properly paid teachers will stay
Monday Mar 13, 2017
If principals are having trouble recruiting, could it be because the profession isn't the calling it once was? Or that the quality of talent being trained isn't high enough?

Principal says no risk to boat passengers in stormy charter trip from Great Barrier Island
By Lindy Laird, Tuesday Mar 14, 2017
Eighteen Pompallier College students had an uncomfortable but safe trip in a chartered boat from Great Barrier Island to Sandspit during Friday's bad weather, the school's principal Richard Stanton said.
The college has been both criticised and praised for making the call to get the Year 11 physical education students and two teachers back to the mainland on the scheduled day rather than sit out the forecast next two stormy days.

Teaching the Holocaust so students are "safely in and safely out"
TESS BRUNTON, March 13 2017
A "life-changing" trip to Israel has revolutionised the way the Holocaust is taught in a South Canterbury school.
Survivor testimonies and new teaching resources were not all that were brought back to the region by a Timaru Boys' High School teacher.

Fiji
Poor pay keeps good teachers away
Margaret Wise (Fiji Times) , Date: March 13, 2017
IF we are serious about education, then the first step would be to make the teaching profession more attractive to high school students by paying more, Fiji Teachers Union General Secretary Agni Deo Singh has said.
The best students would be drawn to the profession if they saw value, he said.

UK
Education Fellowship Trust becomes first academy chain to give up all of its schools
Martin George, 10th March 2017
Multi-academy trust had been rocked by concerns over education standards, finance and governance
An academy trust with 12 schools has become the first in England to give up control of all its academies, following concerns about educational standards.

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