Posts by Kate Drury

Health and safety – from oil industry to school

  Karl Emson was well-placed to be the health and safety representative at Evans Bay Intermediate in Wellington. Before he retrained as a teacher, Emson worked in the oil industry where health and safety was imperative. “Health and safety was first, everyone had to stay safe – this was the whole philosophy.” He came to…

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Indian education centres help Dalit children

  Parents generally want a better life for their children than they had. And in India, this is no exception. NZEI Te Riu Roa executive officer Gina Lockyer and UnionAID executive officer Michael Naylor recently self-funded a trip to India and Sri Lanka, and spent some of the time looking at a project of after-school…

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Vote for me, vote for education

Vote for Education

  Every kiwi kid wants to realise their dreams and every parent wants the best for their child. And to do that; to really have the ability to reach their potential, children need to be at the centre of all that is done in the education sector. But quality public education also needs adequate funding…

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South Island earthquakes

Principal of Seddon School Tania Pringle (above) says the November earthquake caused different, and in some cases, more damage to her school than the one in 2013. “The way it behaved and moved was different. We lost 30 windows this time and in 2013, we lost three.” She says they also lost the school’s distinctive…

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Empowerment helps increase polling day figures at school

Jan Tinetti

One of the most important things in an election year is to get people out to vote. Merivale School in Tauranga took up the challenge and turned around a poor turnout at the school’s polling station in 2011 to a huge turnout in 2014. Jan Tinetti (pictured) – principal of the decile 1 school –…

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An activist for public education

Former president of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Helen Kelly is remembered with fondness and respect by NZEI Te Riu Roa. Kelly died last year on October 14, aged 52. As a former teacher, Kelly was a strong advocate for public education. In September, 2015 she was made an Honorary Fellow of NZEI…

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Support staff action

The fight for unfreezing the operations grant – which funds support staff salaries  – is continuing in this election year and in the lead-up to the Budget. Support staff are an integral and important part of our schools. Without teacher aides, admin staff, librarians, technicians, kaiarahi and the many other roles, schools would not function.…

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Where do the children play?

Students at South Wellington Intermediate (SWIS) have not been able to play in their adventure playground since April last year. The playground was deemed unsafe at the end of term one in 2016 and with an estimated cost of $70,000 to fix it – money the school does not have – it was instead made…

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Bulk-funding would lead to staff trade-offs

Principals and Boards of Trustees sit down at about this time every year and decide how they will staff their schools for the next year. They do not have to find money for teacher salaries. These are centrally funded, but they do have to juggle the cost of support staff – teacher aides, administration staff,…

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