Friday 19 January 2016

Parata stands by charter school decisions

The Minister of Education, Hekia Parata, is vehemently denying she made the wrong decision opening a failed Northland charter school plagued with issues.

NZ First calls for Hekia Parata’s resignation on back of charter school closure
But Green Party education spokeswoman Catherine Delahunty said the Government had “experimented” on the Northland students, of which there are 39 left who will need to be transitioned to a new school. “The Minister of Education must not wash her hands …

Whangaruru students must be supported
The Whangaruru charter school agreement has been formally terminated and NZEI Te Riu Roa says the key focus must now be the welfare and future education of the students caught up in this failed ideological experiment. NZEI President Louise Green said …

Principals say school uniforms are not worth the cost
Royal Oak Primary School first introduced its uniform in 2009. After six years at the school Bruce isn’t convinced uniforms are the way to go for primary schools. “It doesn’t actually make any difference at the end of the day to the quality of education.

Schools’ arrangements for stationery and uniforms can prove pricey
Parents are faced with myriad costs at this time of year, when their children start or return to school. But are schools striking exclusive buying arrangements a good deal, or are parents paying over the odds for uniforms, stationery and digital devices?

Autism families urged to act early for NCEA

Families of teenagers with autism and learning difficulties are being urged to start seeking special assistance for this year’s NCEA exams as soon as possible.

Andy Sarich honoured for efforts in Te Reo and Maori education

A Waimate North kaumatua’s life and generosity is being celebrated after he died on January 22. Andy Sarich, 82, was the 12th child born out of 16 to Ivan and Kare Sarich. He married Kataraina and they had four children. A family member says Sarich was …

Five-year-olds gearing up to start school

She may be swimming in her uniform, but Kahli-Joy Villanueva won’t be a fish out of water when she starts school. The five-year-old is gearing up to start year 1 at Lincoln Heights School in Massey on Tuesday. It’s a day she has been talking about for …


Thursday 28 January 2016

Partnership school agreement terminated

Hekia Parata | Education

Education Minister Hekia Parata, together with Parliamentary Under-Secretary David Seymour, has terminated the agreement under which the Ngā Parirau Mātauranga Charitable Trust runs a partnership school at Whangaruru in Northland. Ms Parata informed the trust of her decision on Tuesday. “Significant progress has been made in addressing the governance and management issues that caused me to issue the Trust with a performance notice in February. …

New $6m block for Khandallah School, Wellington

Nikki Kaye | Education

The Government will invest $6 million in a new nine-classroom block at Khandallah School in Wellington, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today. “This redevelopment will address structural and weather tightness issues in the school’s current main teaching block,” says Ms Kaye. “The old eight-classroom block will be replaced by the new block, which will meet full innovative learning environment (ILE) standards and also accommodate projected roll growth. …

Hekia Parata closes Whangaruru charter school after two years
Te Pumanawa o te Wairua, whose future has been uncertain since a final performance notice in July, will officially close on March 7 after EducationMinister Hekia Parata concluded the challenges facing the charter school are “too great to overcome”.
Kids bear the costs of Govt’s charter school experiment (press release)
Northland charter school set to close 3News NZ

How parents can get exam assistance for special needs students

While it may seem early in the year to be preparing for NCEA assessments, the clock is ticking to get exam help for students with learning difficulties.

Spending needed on education infrastructure, says ACT Party

Educators NZ
“Epsom Girls Grammar, for instance, requires classrooms to absorb demand. The Auckland Grammar community has just had to fundraise two thirds of the cost of a new classroom block,” he explains. “The Government must be receptive to the need to fund …

Rotorua programme schools kids and parents

Radio New Zealand
A programme to get vulnerable children in Rotorua into early childhoodeducation is exceeding expectations, and the trust behind the scheme says it is awesome to see the change in participating whanau. The Tiaho Tamariki programme placed 50 young …

Labour hits out at education ‘promises’

Labour has come out swinging on the morning of the Prime Minister’s State of the Nation address, saying John Key has failed to deliver on education “promises” made two years ago.The party’s education spokesman Chris Hipkins quoted…

These start-ups are making tracks in the EdTech space

Educators NZ
A number of education technology start-ups have arrived on the scene, with many attracting attention for their innovative solutions designed for the modern world. Simba Information, a provider of market research and analysis, has released a report …

Student loan thievery –

But people who don’t pay their loans are stealing from hospitals, from taxpayers, from schools and from the next generation of students. What I understand, that many others seem to miss, is I was the one that signed the paper …

I have a student loan and I’m leaving the country. But I’m not a thief
Last week Ngatokotoru Puna, the nephew of Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna, was the first person to be arrested for defaulting on student loan repayments. He said he struggled to pay the $130,000 loan because of his low-income, five children and …

Student loan defaulting ‘despicable’
The warning bell clanged loudly before Christmas that Kiwis abroad heading home for the holidays may be arrested at the border if they’ve defaulted on their student loan. IRD starkly warned that those in “serious default” may be grounded until they …

Teachers to learn digital skills at ‘Marlborough edVenture’ conference
Topics included using e-Tools in the classroom, technology in teaching gifted and talented students, and bi-cultural learning. “The presenters … At the end of the day they would have the chance to build action plans to implement in their classrooms …

New CEO appointed to Te Whānau o Hato Petera Trust

Māori Television
“All the raruraru of the past is now over and the whanau trust eagerly awaits the final sign off from the Ministry of Education. We have met with the MOE this week and are meeting with the Bishop today and we are hopeful of full support so we can …

Tuesday 26 January 2016

Workplace vocational education on the rise

Steven Joyce | Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce has welcomed a report which shows apprentice numbers and completion rates are both up, following the major industry training reforms of 2012/13.  The Ministry of Education report on workplace training NZ’s Workplace-Based Learners: 2014, shows a shift to apprenticeships and away from lower level traineeships. At the same time, completion rates have increased. …

More students completing qualifications in STEM subjects

Steven Joyce | Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce has welcomed figures released today that show a greater proportion of degree-level domestic graduates are completing qualifications in STEM-related subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths.) “It’s important that we grow the number of graduates in areas where there is real industry demand,” Mr Joyce says.  “Producing more engineering, ICT and science graduates will help alleviate actual and potential skill shortages in these key areas.” …

Education costs only going to increase, says ASG

Educators NZ
Increasing costs of education are putting a strain on families, with a new study showing education costs in New Zealand are escalating, with the possibility of schooling costing families more than $300,000. According to the ASG Planning for Education …

Frankly, like it or not, it’s time to cut the crap.
In reality, it’s more expensive than ever – and schools are seriously stretched trying to provide a modern education system that’s fit for purpose. The lesson from all this is I’d be very happy for more of my taxes to be pumped into the classrooms …

Are private schools worth the money?

Rachael Meyer recently asked one of her twin 16-year-old daughters if she thought attending private school would have made her a different person.It was a pertinent question because, while Meyer and her husband were giving the twins…

Student loan defaulter arrested while trying to leave New Zealand …

A Kiwi making a trip home has been arrested for refusing to pay back his student loan.

Arresting students at the border – how to mix racism, classism …

So we are arresting students at the border now. Classy. Our user pays tertiary education has reduced Universities to professions as opposed to socially educated voters. Student loans are a destructive yoke put around the …

Southern school donations lag behind New Zealand average
Southern parents and communities are forking out thousands of dollars to fund “critical” learning tools for students. But the region’s schools are getting about 25 per cent less donation money on average than other schools in New Zealand. While the …

Educating all New Zealanders about farming
Rosie’s education programme caters for both primary and secondary school students and covers a wide range of subject areas ( The programme was presented at the recent International Federation of Agricultural Journalists’ ..

Community keen for Steiner school

Not every child suits the mainstream schooling system. That’s why a group of teachers and parents are trying to start Northland’s first Steiner primary school. Steiner is an education pedagogy which emphasises child-directed learning, creativity, group …

New Plymouth business school for kids to teach skills alongside creativity

With world-leading entrepreneurs getting younger, Taranaki youngsters are getting a head start on learning how to kickstart their own business ideas.

Rototuna Junior High School almost ready to welcome first students
“I think we probably all remember going to high school with the single-cellclassrooms – 30 students, one teacher, one subject. Our environment is quite different from that. We’ve got teams of teachers working together, so three teachers working with a …

Microsoft launching new education editions of Minecraft and OneNote

Educators NZ
The company announced last week that it is buying MinecraftEdu, and investing in an expanded version of the game, designed for the classroom. Minecraft … He says more than 7000 classrooms in more than 40 countries are alreadly using Minecraft.

Friday 22 January 2016

Future costs of schooling tipped to rise

Welcome to the future – the year is 2021 and your five-year-old is starting school.

Tertiary fees ‘likely to drop under Labour’

Tertiary fees would likely drop significantly under a Labour government as part of a rethink to address increasing student debt, the party’s new tertiary education spokesman says.Chris Hipkins, who picked up the portfolio after…

Students call for end to campus racism

A group of Māori and Pacific Island students is calling on universities to do more to break down barriers of discrimination.

A look back at New Zealand school uniforms
Five year olds Baylee Aukusitino Rosson (L) and Jacob Aukusitino (R) show off St Anne’s new school uniform in 2004, while Theo Purves (centre) wears the old uniform. PHOTO: KENT BLECHYNDEN/FAIRFAX NZ. But just like that Kiwi school uniforms did a …

Bible lessons in public classrooms continue for new school year

Parents remain in the dark about changes to how Bible lessons can be taught in public schools. The Ministry of Education began developing new guidelines on religious instruction in schools almost a year ago. However, as a new school year gets underway, …

HiveSchool: One solution to the challenges of the digital classroom

Educators NZ
Aerohive Networks has released a new connected learning application known as HiveSchool, designed to help primary and secondary schools leverage technology in the classroom. Digital classrooms are becoming more common, and as such computers, …

Parents fret over fee costs

Stressed parents have told how they “go without” to make sure their children can participate in school sports and camps, as the cost of a modern education continues to rise.A soon-to-be published study about school costs by Otago…

Iain Taylor named principals’ 2016 president

During Taylor’s year of presidency he plans to focus on the federation’s strategic plan, which includes issues associated with principle of well-being and workload, and on Maori and Pasifika education and special needs. Ross Devereux will fill in as …

Students ‘scared to come home’
Student loan arrest will make NZ students ‘scared to come home’. Last updated 11:17, January 22 2016. The Ministry of Education said the amount repaid directly by overseas borrowers was $184.7 million in. STOCK. The Ministry of Education said the …

Thursday 21 January 2016

Education is the key to New Zealand’s future
If New Zealand is to continue to grow and develop a sustainable and viable way of life for our children, then investing in education should be our number one priority. Everything we need to fix in New Zealand’s society starts there, with our children …

How can we change the way schools are funded?
Parata said the system is being reviewed to make sure “every child, every day in every classroom is getting the best possible chance to be successful”. Education Minister Hekia Parata has ordered a review of school funding but she says voluntary donations.

Uniform dilemma

Parents have a love hate relationship with school uniforms. Uniforms make life easy when it comes to getting children and teens out the door for school in the morning and dampen demand for designer clothes from offspring.Ask parents,…

Southlanders feel the back to school pinch

This is a very big year for 11-year-old Jack Davidson, 11.

Otago a class above

If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere, they say about New York. And, perhaps, Washington. Fact is, to make it in either city it might pay to be educated in Dunedin.Take Duncan Chambers-Watson. The 25-year-old fashion…

Wednesday 20 January 2016

Today’s talking point: Are school costs getting more expensive?

With some schools receiving more than $1 million in voluntary donations, is our “free” education system broken?

Schools rely on $1b donations during 15 years of ‘free’ education system
State-funded schools have relied on more than $1 billion in voluntary parent donations and community grants since 2000. Commentators describe it as a watershed figure, with some arguing New Zealand’s “fre eeducation” system is broken. Two Auckland ..

Kiwi parents paid $161m for children’s ‘free education’

Kiwi parents paid $161.6 million towards their children’s “free education” in 2014. Of that, $61.4m was spent in Auckland.New numbers obtained by the Herald on Sunday reveal mums and dads are giving more and more money to schools…

Decile 10 schools take lion’s share of school donations
Of the 230 decile 10 schools in 2014, 33 declared no voluntary donations, while eight had voluntary donations of more than $1000 per student. The highest per student donation for a single school was Lindisfarne College – a state-integrated school in …

Prime Minister’s Youth Programme recognises inspirational young people

Nikki Kaye | Youth

Around 100 young people who have overcome significant challenges have been selected for the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme (PMYP) and are participating in the programme this week. Youth Minister Nikki Kaye says the programme, personally spear headed by the Prime Minister, held annually since 2010, is a great opportunity for the young people, aged 14-17, from Auckland, to be recognised for their personal achievements and community contributions. …

Back to school tips from the Ministry of Education

Educators NZ
Kiwi kids will be heading back to school over the next few weeks, and the Ministry of Education is offering some tips to help children get prepared. According to a Ministry website post, there are several websites parents can head to for help getting …

Auckland early childhood services struggle with population growth

Signing children up for childcare months before they’re even born is the new reality for some families in Auckland.

Wellington schools do best out of donations

Families in the Wellington region are donating more per student to schools than families in any other part of New Zealand, Education Ministry figures indicate.

Tuesday19 January 2016

Labour: Govt needs to foot kids’ technology bill

The Government is being urged to review the way schools are charging parents for student technology.

Education leaders: It’s a changing world and you need to act like it

Educators NZ
Around the world education providers are opening up discussions about technology as an enabler, the workforce and how it’s changing, and the role of disruptive forces. The latest Infosys research report on the topic, Amplifying Human Potential …
Young fear losing their jobs to robots – survey 3News NZ

Is BYOD in the classroom too much of a distraction?

Educators NZ
A new study out of the UK has revealed some teachers are banning personal tech devices in the classroom for fear of distraction, despite recognising mobile devices are becoming central to learning. The Canvas study reveals that more than one third of …

Piopio College gets a limited statutory manager

A Government-appointed helper will lend a hand at a King Country school after a request for expertise.