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Upper Hutt Leader : June 1st 2011
36 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JUNE 1, 2011 EDUCATION Your future starts here. Metro Group welcomes extra funding More funding for marketing of inter- national education has been wel- comed by the country's six largest institutes of technology and poly- technics. The Metro Group, which repre- sents Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Otago Poly- technic, Waikato Institute of Tech- nology, Wellington Institute of Tech- nology, Manukau Institute of Technology and Unitec, has wel- comed the statement from the Minis- ter for Tertiary Education, Steven Joyce, on the increased funding for the marketing of international edu- cation that was contained in last month's Budget. International education is important for each of the Metro Group members,'' the Metro Group chair, Dr Linda Sissons, said. The creation of the new inter- national education agency and the increase in funding allocated to international education is well- timed. As the minister's statement acknowledges, the export of edu- cation services is already a major part of the New Zealand export econ- omy. We have the potential to grow these earnings substantially. We look forward to working with Gov- ernment through the new inter- national education agency to attract more students from offshore and to grow education relationships with partners in key markets.'' Fond farewell: Two of Ann Schaab's young Room 4 charges she will be leaving behind, Nikita Clarke-Reti and Joshua Sutherland. Photo: ROSEMARY McLENNAN Farewell for Mrs Schaab By ROSEMARY McLENNAN Former pupils of Totara Park School teacher Ann Schaab -- and their parents -- are invited to farewell her before she moves to Timaru. Mrs Schaab has worked at the school fulltime for at least 22 years and has taught two generations in some families. She and husband Neil are moving to Timaru, where he has family. Mrs Schaab has a brother in Dunedin. Her only son, Mark Whiteacre, lives in Sydney. Mrs Schaab trained as a teacher and taught for three years at Oxford Crescent School followed by administration work at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and ACC. She became a fulltime mum for several years and enrolled her son at Totara Park School when they moved to Upper Hutt about 23 years ago. Soon after she asked if the school had any relief work and joined part-time. About 20 years ago she became fulltime teaching mostly new entrants and juniors. She has worked with about four principals at Totara Park and says it has been a privilege to have their guidance''. They have all been very innovative'' and the school's staff awesome'', she says. I've really enjoyed my time here.'' She has also enjoyed keeping in contact with past pupils, often meeting them in the street. A big change during her teaching career has been more blended families and single parents. Children are affected in a variety of ways, she says. Mrs Schaab's last day at Totara Park will be Friday, June 10.In Timaru she will join the staff at Bluestone School on June 13 as a fulltime new entrant teacher. The couple have sold their house and will be staying with family in Timaru initially. A special assembly for Mrs Schaab will be held on Thursday, June 9, at 2.30pm. For catering purposes phone the office on 526 6286 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
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