Northern News : September 21st 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 Enquire today 0800 FAST BUILD z 0800 327 828 Visit www.advancebuild.co.nz Smart new homes to suit your lifestyle! The Mission 5 Positive teaching Big surprise: Kate Kerr with school principal Tim Couling, OfficeMax representatives, wearing orange, and her pupils. KATE KERR puts heart and soul into her job as a teacher at Okaihau Primary School. And that commitment has been rewarded as part of the inaugural OfficeMax A Day Made Better programme. Kate is one of eight pri- mary and intermediate school teachers recognised for going above and beyond the call of duty. She was surprised on Wednesday when OfficeMax staff and school principal Tim Couling interrupted her dur- ing class with $1000 worth of arts and crafts stationery and office supplies, flowers, balloons and a certificate of appreciation. Mr Couling says Kate is enthusiastic, fun, committed and innovative and has made a huge difference. Every student, no matter how they start school, comes out of Kate s class with a positive attitude to education and a good grounding in the basics. Kate emphasises the positives and builds upon these, ensuring that every child wishes to achieve to their highest for her and themselves. This also creates a very positive learning partnership with the home and the parents wishing to be involved in their children s education. Another great programme Kate developed for her class is the Friday cooking lesson where all ingredients and utensils are paid for by her. OfficeMax New Zealand called on principals from selected schools and asked them to nominate a teacher who has shown extraordinary passion and enthusiasm by working creatively to help children s learning beyond the classroom. Nominations were judged by an expert panel. Suzanne Flannagan, OfficeMax general manager of education, says: Reading the nominations was a hum- bling experience. The passion and dedi- cation of the nominated teachers shone through and it was obvious that the principals were so grateful for the work of not just the nomi- nated teacher, but all of the staff in these schools. We have an opportunity here to provide these teachers some of the products they typically spend their own money on, which can directly benefit the school and its pupils. This is the first year Office- Max New Zealand has rolled out the programme which it intends to make an annual event. A 2010 survey conducted by the New Zealand Edu- cational Institute Te Riu Roa shows 87 percent of primary teachers spend their own money on classroom resources such as stationery and food for hungry children. More than 50 percent spend up to $200 a year, with 11 percent spending more than $500 per year.
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