Northern News : November 30th 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 ® SENSITIVE CHOICE SUPP ORTING ASTHMA CARE PAN1011222 216.4 m2 5 2 Featured Plan: Hayes Superior Zog® steel frame technology with 50 year guarantee Goldseal® 10 year completion & defects warranty 5 BEDROOMS FROM $247,000 00 099 44 4337 7 7766 6333666 0 099 44337 7 77666333666 A DIVISION OF GOLDEN HOMES® School takes a stand By EMMA GODWIN Determined: Principal Keri Milne- Ihimaera will keep the senior classes open at Moerewa School. ' The ministry expects us to shut our senior class down at the end of this year ' -- Keri Milne-Ihimaera Moerewa School principal EDUCATION Minister Anne Tol- ley's decision to deny Moerewa School's request to become a com- posite year 1 to 13 school is being condemned by staff and members of the community. The mainstream decile one, year 1-10 school has for the past three years had senior secondary students on site in a satellite class. The school has a memorandum of understanding with Kia Aroha Col- lege in Auckland to enrol students there but run classes in Moerewa. The school applied to the Ministry of Education to extend the range of year levels in March. Ms Tolley told the board of trustees on October 4 that the appli- cation was denied. The ministry expects us to shut our senior class down at the end of this year,'' principal Keri Milne- Ihimaera says. Ms Tolley wrote saying that her decision was based on the impact fewer year 11 to 13 students at Bay of Islands College would have on its roll and the difficulty Moerewa School would have in providing a full curriculum for senior students. She also noted that Moerewa School had not implemented Na- tional Standards and stressed how important the government believed they were for all young New Zea- landers. Ms Milne-Ihimaera insists that the school guarantees the provision of a full curriculum and brings in outside expertise when required. Our NCEA results speak for themselves,'' she says. Moerewa School has a 100 percent Maori roll and its interim NCEA results show a 93 percent pass rate for year 11 level one, 83 percent pass rate for year 12 level two and 100 percent pass rates for both year 13 level 3 and university entrance. Labour's associate education spokesman Kelvin Davis says the decision was spiteful. The decision has nothing to do with Maori achievement, nothing to do with a Maori community's aspir- ation for its children but everything to do with a spiteful minister. It's become personal,'' he says. Ms Milne-Ihimaera says she would like to think Ms Tolley is not punishing the school for refusing to adopt National Standards. But it's difficult to think other- wise when she mentions it in her letter. Ms Tolley said she would meet with us after the election. We hope to have the ministry's support but if not we will continue with the classes for senior students as requested by our community,'' she says.
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