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Upper Hutt Leader : November 9th 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1939 Letters 10 Real Estate 23-45 Arts 42-44 Motoring 48 Classifieds 49-52 Sport 55-56 MAIDSTONE'S BIG DAY New library opens 3 HOBBY GOES COMMERCIAL Brewing a drop in Upper Hutt 5 KING OF THE CITY World Cup homecoming 56 School acts with 'heavy heart' By COLIN WILLIAMS CONTINUED Page 2 The government s debacle intro- duction of national standards is going ahead but the war of words is continuing. Several Upper Hutt schools, including the two intermediates, Fergusson and Maidstone, were part of the nationwide opposition to the introduction of the standards. Fergusson Intermediate, in an open letter to parents, caregivers, whanau and the wider com- munity says the Ministry of Edu- cation has acted illegally and immorally and used bullying tac- tics. The promise of statutory inter- vention -- the sacking of the board -- and the resulting battle has seen the intermediate allow the minis- try to impose their targets on us, its board of trustees chair Wendy Eyles says. After submitting our annual charter to the ministry without national standards targets, they notified us that they would set targets for us and insert them into our charter. We have been told to resubmit our charter for approval with their targets included. Failure to do so would result in statutory intervention, sacking the board and appointing a statu- tory manager, Ms Eyles says in her letter. After weighing up the value of sticking to our principles we have, with very heavy heart, chosen to allow the ministry to impose their targets on us. We feel that to impose either a statutory manager or com- missioner on the school, with the added financial burden of this, and force the staff into an environ- ment not conducive to good educational practice would ultimately have a detrimental effect on our students and the community, Ms Eyles says. All the near 500 schools nation- wide who failed to submit their charters for this school year with the standards included have been whittled down and picked off . Integrated schools were told they would have their funding withdrawn, others threatened with falling roles they may face closure or merger, others with early ERO reviews and some were withdrawn from ministry projects, Ms Eyles says. Face off: Prime Minister John Key goes head-to-head with a future voter during a whistlestop visit to Upper Hutt on Saturday afternoon. Apart from a handful of party supporters who were in the know, most shoppers were taken by surprise on the walkabout in The Mall by Mr Key and his entourage of security and media. More photos, page 47. Photo: ROSEMARY McLENNAN The eyes have it Strawberries, icecream Upper Hutt s hospice shop at the north of Main St will join the popu- lar strawberries and icecream pro- motion this Saturday. The Te Omanga Hospice straw- berry festival originated in Lower Hutt and this year has expanded to extra locations including Upper Hutt. Main St will be in celebration mode on Saturday with All Black Cory Jane s Main St parade which starts at noon. The promotion runs from 10am until 1pm with special guests from Follyfoot Farm. Bowls of strawberries and icecream will be $5. People can buy a virtual straw- berry for a donation to the hospice at strawberryfestival.org.nz. The Upper Hutt Cossie Club will offer diners brandy baskets filled with fresh cream and strawberries or individual strawberry mousse. Half the price of each dessert sold will go to the hospice. Time for Scots to show face Rekindle your Scottish culture and ancestry at the Upper Hutt Highland Gathering on Saturday. The venue is Harcourt Park from 9.30am until 4pm, featuring highland dancing, solo bagpipes, drumming, pipe bands, highland broadsword fighting, clans and stalls. Public entry is free. The wet weather venue is Expressions and the Hapai Club, both on Fergusson Dr.
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