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Upper Hutt Leader : July 13th 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1939 Letters 10 Real Estate 25-43 Arts 34-36 Motoring 44 Classifieds 45-50 Sport 52-56 TAKING THEIR BEST SHOTS Photography in ICT lessons 3 TASTE TEST FOR CHOCOLATE All in the name of science 5 NAPPY RECYCLE PLAN Funding for HV scheme 8 Schools defy Ministry of Education By COLIN WILLIAMS CONTINUED Page 2 Opposition to the Government s introduction of national standards in schools reached a key stage last week. Several Upper Hutt schools, including the city s two intermedi- ates, opted to specifically not include acceptance of the contro- versial standards in school charters they were required, by deadline, to send to the Education Ministry. The action, officially taken by schools board of trustees, is in line with an estimated 300 schools across the country. It continues the opposition to the government s system of uni- form standards which the schools say are flawed, confusing and unworkable. We submitted our charter without targets set against the national standards, Fergusson Intermediate principal Paul Patterson says. We sent them off like we always do. The deadline for the charters had been extended from January to July because of the opposition to their introduction but the schools were still required to report against the national standards and set targets of achievement on them. Mr Patterson says nothing has changed in that time to change the thinking of the school s board. We got an ultimatum that the charter had to be delivered and we have done that, he says. Our [current] achievement data is decent, proven and reliable whereas the standards are flawed and rushed. The [ministry s] professional development has been mixed at best and most people don t under- stand them, he says. They don t line up against any of the usual reliable assessment tools for student achievement. Maidstone Intermediate princi- pal Richard Patterson says it is a worrying time. Wellness centre for teens opened Bright future: Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia meets Marley-Rose Adams, 8 months, and mum Emma Tupangaia from Stokes Valley at the opening of the Arise Wellness Centre on Thursday. Photo: ROSEMARY McLENNAN By ROSEMARY McLENNAN The Government would not come to the party with funding but the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Tariana Turia, performed the official opening of the Arise Wellness Centre at the Hutt Valley Teen Parent School Titiro Whakamua last Thursday. Mrs Turia, Maori Party co- leader and Associate Minister of Health, said the new facility fund- raised for, planned and built by Wellington s Arise Church was the absolute expression of man- aaki tanga (caring and welfare). She offered mihi (congratulat- ions) to the Teen Parent School s young women. This is about your future. You are here by choice because you want to have a better life for you and your tamariki. Mrs Turia, who visited the cen- tre about 18 months ago, said it was very sad that some did not see it that way, a reference to the ministry not providing a sick bay and medical room where pregnant women could be examined by midwives. People would not be expected to lie on the floor in a hospital for an examination, she said. Mrs Turia cut the ribbon to officially open the centre with help, at her suggestion, from a mokopuna, Lukus Taplin, at 2 years 6 months the oldest in the adjacent early childhood centre. The school was the first purpose-built one in New Zealand but designed without a sick bay and medical room. Others were built with the extra facilities but the Hutt Valley unit, in Miro St, Wallaceville, even supported by local MPs, was refused Ministry of Education funding and told its floor space was sufficient. After the ministry agreed the centre could build its own if it could find the money, the Upper Hutt Leader published an article about its plight. Stokes Valley resident Julie Wong Kee read the article and told her husband, Arise Church pastor Ivan Wong Kee it would be a good project for the church, which had just built a playground in Newtown. More than a year of fundraising and weekly planning meetings fol- lowed and church members built the facility, worth $120,000, in an 18-hour stint one Saturday in May. The project also received support from others connected to the unit. The unit named the new facility in honour of the church. Head teacher Debbie Whiteley said former student Jade had started the campaign in 2005 with a PowerPoint presentation. A presentation to a Zonta meet- ing resulted in a grant. Upper Hutt City Council refunded the unit s building con- sent fees. Mayor Wayne Guppy told the opening the project showed the strength of the community. It was ludicrous that the women had gone without the facilities. Student Jashziel Smart said it was very uncomfortable lying on the floor in a tiny office with her legs under the table and chairs and her head facing the door for an examination, especially towards the end of her pregnancy because there was no proper facility with a bed. Mrs Whiteley said it was also hard on midwives to have to kneel on the floor, especially if they had been up all night delivering a baby.
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