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By TERRY KARATAU
How does a reduction in the
number of teachers in our
schools and the creation of
bigger class sizes result
in better outcomes?
NZEI president Ian Leckie
Proposed changes in class sizes
are alarming school principals.
Education minister Hekia
Parata announced changes to the
education system which has the
New Zealand Educational Insti-
tute (NZEI), New Zealand
Principals' Federation (NZPF) and
school principals throughout the
country commenting on how the
changes will affect children's
learning if they come into effect.
The premise of Ms Parata's
announcement is that is it the
quality of teaching that makes a
difference, not class size.
Taihape Principal's Cluster
chairperson Marama Stewart says
the minister's decision to increase
Year 2 to Year 10 ratios could be
detrimental to children's learning.
Teachers are passionate with
their work and I am concerned
children who under-achieve and
achievers who are ready to fly will
not get the individual time they
deserve with their teachers.''
National president of NZEI Ian
All parents know that young
children thrive when they have
better one-on-one time with
teachers,'' Mr Leckie says.
So how does a reduction in the
number of teachers in our schools
and the creation of bigger class
sizes result in better outcomes?
It won't happen.''
The suggestion by Ms Parata
that performance pay would
prompt higher quality teaching in
primary schools has also drawn
Mrs Stewart says schools are a
We don't do it (teach) for
bonuses, we do not want to create
The business of learning is not
a business -- we are a collaborative
NZPF president Paul
Drummond says performance pay
would be counter productive to
We would agree with the minis-
ter that a high quality teaching
force makes a difference to
We have it already.
The minister needs only to look
at our world-class rankings in
achievement to see that our chil-
dren continually rank amongst the
highest achievers in the world,''
Mr Drummond said.
Mrs Stewart says people need to
think about what they want for
their children and their education,
and if the answer is small class
sizes then let the government
By TERRY KARATAU
Dwindling volunteer numbers in Taihape could spell
the end of Christmas parades.
Community Development Trust manager Eliza-
beth Mortland said work for local events was being
left to the usual few people.
It is time to start planning the Christmas Parade
for this year, but once again, does the community
want to see it happen?
The first parade for years in 2009 saw businesses
and groups enter 35 floats.
Last year's Christmas Parade was canned
because of lack of enthusiasm from all sectors of the
community. This year we need feedback from busi-
nesses, groups and the community on whether or not
they will support a Christmas parade.
We need people to show their support for a parade
and we want to know what our community would
like to see happen to restore vibrancy and spirit to
Contact Ms Mortland by email -- firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone (06) 388 1307.
Ruapehu hails winter's first snow
Done and dusted: Happy Valley, Whakapapa, Mt Ruapehu.
Excitement built when the first
snow fell on Mt Ruapehu on
Tuesday last week, blanketing the
mountain down to 1200 metres with
at least 4cm falling in the morning.
The Mt Ruapehu Ski team is
gearing up for the season, which is
due to open on June 16 at Turoa and
June 23 at Whakapapa.
During the snowfall at Turoa,
snow was down to the 13km barrier
and the road was closed.
At Whakapapa it was snowing
down to Scoria Flat and road access
We are all amped for the winter
season and the snow on the moun-
tain is a glorious sight for skiers and
boarders,'' Mt Ruapehu Ski area
manager Steve McGill said.
The Nga Wai Heke lift construc-
tion is on track to be completed and
commissioned by the end of May
Turoa area manager Chris
Thrupp said the new lift would
transform the Turoa ski area, open-
ing up between 15 to 20 per cent of
new lift-accessed terrain.
Sun smart: Taihape Area School will put a sun-shade sail over the junior
school's sandpit. The school's ambassador for the day, Nicole Rees, shows
Kuia Byford, a local Cancer Society co-ordinator, where the new sail will be
Lamb fundraiser will
help protect students
The recent Cancer Society donate a
lamb'' fundraiser has been a great
success, says the society's
rural representative Peggy Frew.
I would like to thank all the
farmers who contributed to the
fundraiser as all the money raised
from each area will stay in the
area,'' Mrs Frew said.
The money raised from the
scheme will go to local schools to
help with their Sun Smart
programmes. Schools have been
asked what they need to help keep
their pupils stay sun smart in the
summer -- the options are bulk
sunscreen, shade trees or shade
Mrs Frew said most people were
aware of the high skin cancer and
melanoma statistics in New
Zealand. Making our children
aware of using preventative
measures -- sunscreen, shade, hats
and cover-up clothing -- will go a
long way to reducing the incidence
of these dangerous cancers.
We will be running our donate a
lamb' campaign again next spring
and hope for the same level of sup-
port. Thanks again,'' Mrs Frew said.
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