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With your donations, Hutt International Boys’ School plans to travel to the Pacific Islands to help build and paint classrooms, install IT resources and water tanks, and share language and culture with the community where the school is. The VLN Primary school, made up of eight virtual rural remote schools, plan to meet in person for a project camp in Wellington. Make a donation or see their stories on the Air NZ website. Donations close 3 June School Bulletin Content If you have any items that you would like to include in the School Bulletin, please send these to Moana Ransfield. We would be keen to celebrate in your successes and achievements or assist in sharing ideas across the region.
Ngā mihi Suze Strowger
Māwhera Community of Learning (CoL) I am delighted to congratulate Mandy O’Sullivan (principal, Greymouth Main School) for her recent appointment to the Māwhera CoL leadership role. The Māwhera CoL is a community of 12 schools, based in the Grey District on the West Coast of the South Island. Mandy brings a wealth of experience to this important role and is focused on tackling the current challenges, which are to raise achievement in mathematics, writing and NCEA Level 2 across the CoL.
Garin College – new appointment I also welcome to the region John Maguire who starts on 7 June as principal of Garin College.
John is from Kavanagh College, a leading co-educational Catholic secondary school located in Dunedin. John brings a wealth of expertise in teaching practice focusing on curriculum development, leadership and implementation. He has a Masters in Educational Leadership, is a recipient of the Microsoft Innovative Teacher Scholarship, has been a NZQA National Assessment Panel Leader and Assessor for Technology and NCEA Regional Facilitator for Technology.
Stride for Truce – June 16 This is an invitation to all schools in our area to participate in a project called Stride for Truce. This Olympic themed event aims to mobilise young people all over the world and promote the Olympic ideals of building a better and more peaceful world. The event will be held on 16 June 2016.
Air New Zealand Airpoints™ for Schools programme Congratulations to the Whataroa School (part of the Virtual Learning Network (VLN) Primary School) for their successful application in the Airpoints™ for Schools programme. The school can receive public donations up to a total value of 10,000 Airpoints Dollars to redeem on flights for educational purposes. You might like to consider supporting the school via newsletters, your school website and community networks to encourage as many people as possible to donate their Airpoints.
The VLN Primary school, made up of eight virtual rural remote schools, plan to meet in person for a project camp in Wellington. Make a donation or see their stories on the Air NZ website.
Donations close 3 June.
I hope you have a great start to the term. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any issues you need help with. We look forward to working with you all again this term.
Kind regards Erika Ross Canterbury | Coralanne Child
We all know about the benefits of quality early childhood services and the importance of providing the foundation for our children’s education to help them achieve all the way through school. On Friday 29 April I had the privilege to attend the sod turning ceremony to mark the beginning of construction of the new Pan Pasifika ECE Centre in Hornby.
Thank you for all the work; both seen and unseen, that has enabled a request from the Pasifika community to become a reality. The centre is scheduled to open later this year.
Thank you to all those who have attended the workshops How to recognise and deal with children and young persons’ exposed to or at risk of abuse. We have received such positive feedback and we are running another workshop on Wednesday 25 May. Please see more information in this newsletter.
Congratulations to Heathcote Valley School and View Hill School for their successful applications in the Airpoints™ for Schools programme. These schools can receive public donations up to a total value of 10,000 Airpoints Dollars each to redeem on flights for educational purposes. You might like to consider supporting these schools via newsletters, your school website and community networks to encourage as many people as possible to donate their Airpoints.
With your donations, Heathcote Valley School plans to support students’ travel to Hokitika to monitor and compare spawning habitats of whitebait. View Hill School plans to support students to attend the World of WearableArt Awards and go on an education trip around Wellington.
You can make a donation or see their stories on the Air NZ website. Donations close 3 June.
Establishment of Arahina ki Otautahi Service A new service, Arahina ki Ōtautahi is being established for young people aged 10-16 years old who are in non-residential care with Child, Youth and Family and are not engaged in education.
At any one time the service will cater for up to 20 students from the wider Christchurch area. The service will be run by Kingslea School and will be supported by Child Youth and Family, NZ Police, Canterbury District Health Board, Ngāi Tahu and the Ministry of Education.
If you would like find out more we are holding a meeting for schools on Wednesday 11 May, 4:30pm – 5:30pm at the former Richmond School site, 19 Pavitt St, Richmond. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org Children’s Action Plan and the Vulnerable Children Act 2014 The new measures in the Children’s Action Plan and the Vulnerable Children Act 2014 are about keeping kids safe. Any organisation funded by the government must observe the provisions of the Vulnerable Children Act (VCA) for its children’s workforce. Safety checking makes it easier to identify the small number of people who are a risk to children.
School holiday programmes that receive any government funding need to carry out safety checking of their workers in line with the requirements of the VCA. Organisations that don’t receive any government funding are not covered by the Act – which may be some school holiday programmes. However, we encourage school holiday programmes to safety check anyone likely to be alone with children.
This means they can give parents a good level of assurance that they have done everything they can to screen out people who may pose a risk. We also encourage parents to ask school holiday programme providers what kind of vetting they do of their workforce, when they are considering whether to enrol their children.
Safety checking has several elements:
• Police vetting, to find out if the person has any previous convictions.
• Confirmation of the person’s identity.
• Thorough interviewing, referee checking, and checking of work history.
Please see Safety Checking under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014 Pan Pasifika ECE Centre in Hornby Four years ago our Pasifika Advisory Board held a Fono to discuss Christchurch Education Renewal and the possible options for Hornby. One of the requests was for a Pan Pasifika ECE Centre in Hornby.
Members of the Barnardos Pan Pasifika ECE Board, Barnardos Kidstart Childcare the Ministry of Education and the Hornby community were at the sod turning ceremony to mark the start of construction for the new centre.
This new Pan Pasifika centre is a great milestone not just for this community but for our city. It is an important partnership between Barnardos, the Pasifika community, who are ensuring great opportunities for their fanau, and the Ministry supporting locally-based solutions for families in Christchurch.
Residential Red Zone Survey Report In late 2015 CERA conducted a survey of more than 2000 property owners who accepted a Crown offer to evaluate wellbeing outcomes, and to determine whether the Crown’s recovery objectives had been met.
The CERA Residential Red Zone Survey was developed in conjunction with Nielsen Research, with input from a Reference Group of relevant stakeholders. The survey included a set of questions about how former red zone residents have settled into new communities and these questions produced some useful information regarding the positive role played by schools in resettlement.
Please click here to view the full report.
Interagency Workshop “How to recognise and deal with children and young persons exposed to or at risk of abuse” This workshop is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Education, Child, Youth and Family, and the NZ Police sensitising school and ECE staff to recognise children and young persons exposed to or at risk of abuse.
The workshop includes signs and indicators of children or young persons at risk of abuse; roles of professionals involved in dealing with suspected abuse, the process that follows a report of concern and child protection policies. Representatives from MoE, CYF and the Police will give you advice and good practice examples around the topic.
Please bring your Child Protection Policy along for discussion!
If you are unable to attend on 25 May but are interested in attending a workshop in the future please let us know, as we will be collating expressions of interest for when we offer the workshop again later in the year.
Mā te wā Coralanne Child Director of Education for Canterbury
During the holiday break I attended the New Zealand Educational Administration and Leadership Society Conference (NZEALS) 2016 held in Dunedin, which had a theme of Leadership for Social Justice in Education. It was excellent to see two of our local principals present at this International Conference. John McKenzie from North East Valley School spoke on “Bringing community into
the school” and Juliette Hayes from Columba College shared her research on “Leading together:
Exploring contexts for collaboration”. Juliette also opened the conference as National President of NZEALS and Paddy Ford from Balclutha Primary was a member of the organising committee and an able compère on numerous occasions. A great local representation!
NZEALS 2016 Conference The keynote addresses by Mai Chen on “The impact of superdiversity on education” and Dr Chris Sarra on “High expectations relationships versus high expectations rhetoric” were the highlights for me. Mai highlighted the lack of employment opportunities commensurate with qualifications for some nationalities and the sensibility of employing people familiar with the markets that New Zealand is engaging with. She stressed the need to support the capacity of migrant populations to contribute, along with tolerance of what is needed to accommodate different requirements for religious needs, clothing etc.
Chris Sarra’s experiences were based on his challenges as a principal working with indigenous communities in Australia. Chris’ “no watering down” of expectations for children, parents or teachers, supported by practical strategies, positive leadership and mentoring, based on his Stronger Smarter Philosophy, drove change over the seven years of his principalship at Cherbourg State School in Queensland. He talked of “no place to hide” (for teachers) without being challenged around the success of aboriginal children in classrooms. Key messages around non-deficit modeling and community engagement were very pertinent to the work with priority learners in our New Zealand schools. You can view his website: Stronger Smarter Resettlement education forum hui Dr Hassan Ibrahim (senior advisor, Refugee and Migrant Education) along with Pip Laufiso (education advisor) planned a varied and informative day with presentations from Brent Ingram (ex- principal of Hagley Community College in Christchurch) and Helen Taylor-Young (principal of Victory School in Nelson). The experience of these two leaders in driving community-based support for former refugee children and their families provided ideas and vision around how we could work with our Dunedin refugees to help meet their educational aspirations. Brent inspired us when he talked about leadership based on “the passion for the promise of life” and “leaders who danced to music yet to be played”. Helen discussed the importance of children being confident in their first language and culture alongside their new English language learning. Hamish McDonald, chair of the OPPA attended the day alongside principals of schools where our first refugees are likely to enrol.
Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards Congratulations to Stan Tiatia and Invercargill Middle School, a finalist in the Prime Minister’s Education Awards 2016 in the Excellence in Teaching and Learning category. Invercargill Middle School is one of fourteen finalists selected from more than 200 entries. The summary about the
work of Invercargill Middle School states:
This South Island school has been through an intense and challenging journey since it began changing its thinking in 2011. Invercargill Middle School was determined to own its issues, fix them and learn from them. The school has embraced the idea that every student has a preferred way of learning and if teaching methods match that style, students learn more. With its relentless focus on student achievement, Invercargill Middle School is now a strong school that looks at all the available learning and makes the best decisions for its students.
Air New Zealand Airpoints™ for Schools programme Congratulations to Carisbrook School and Halfmoon Bay School (part of the Virtual Learning Network (VLN) Primary school) for their successful applications in the Airpoints™ for Schools programme. These schools can receive public donations up to a total value of 10,000 Airpoints Dollars each to redeem on flights for educational purposes. You might like to consider supporting these schools via your community networks to encourage as many people as possible to donate their Airpoints.
With your donations, Carisbrook School will help a group of students travel to Singapore to visit their sister school as part of a cultural exchange. The VLN Primary school, made up of eight virtual rural remote schools, plan to meet in person for a project camp in Wellington. Make a donation or see their stories on the Air NZ website. Donations close 3 June.
Please contact me if you wish to discuss any issues or ideas. I look forward to hearing from you.