Northern News : October 17th 2012
2 NORTHERN NEWS, OCTOBER 17, 2012 NEWS Editor Keri Molloy Ph 09 407 0050/09 405 2040 email: email@example.com Sports Jan Salmon Ph 09 407 0363 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Northern Regional Manager Lynne Popham Ph 09 405 2744 Kaikohe Ph 09 407 0361 Kerikeri email: email@example.com Advertising Craig Williams Ph 021 119 4043 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Classifieds Free ph 0800 022 812 Free fa x 0800 022 815 email: email@example.com or 09 405 2040 email: firstname.lastname@example.org 12 ,197 Audited Circulation (ABC for 12mths to 31 Dec 11) Delivered (each Wednesday) to Kaikohe, Okaihau, Ohaeawai, Moerewa, South and North Hokianga and Kaitaia. Rural areas include: Awanui RD 1. Kaikohe RD 1, 2, 3. Kaitaia RD 1, 2, 3(part), 4. Kawakawa RD 1, 2, 3. Kohukohu RD 1. Broadwood RD 2. Kohukohu RD 2. Okaihau RD 1, 2. Russell RD. Kaikohe Office: 60 Broadway, Kaikohe. P.O. Box 1, Kaikohe. Ph 09 405 2040 Fax 09 401 2129 Kerikeri Office: 93 Kerikeri Rd, Kerikeri. P.O. 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Be Free is aiming to set up a Youth Music and Mentoring Programme. Big changes ahead for college Commissioner: Chris Saunders is in Kaikohe to help turn troubled Northland College back into the vibrant focal point it once was for the town. ''There's going to be some big stuff happening here in the very near future,'' he says. The commissioner at Kai- kohe s Northland College is one of many who see Kaikohe poised to achieve and says the secondary school needs to bounce back to be prepared for the town s bright future. The school s board was dis- solved when the Education Ministry imposed another statutory intervention in Far North schools. Chris Saunders was brought in three months ago. I m confident that the school can recover and become highly successful, he says. Morale was low in Kaikohe but Mr Saunders says he was well received by the staff and students. There was an expectation that something needs to change and they wanted to change, he says. The teachers can see, they can see the problems, they experience them on a day-to- day basis. The problem of student discipline, the problem of incredibly poor attendance -- they know that a lot of the bet- ter academic kids in this town bus out. Some 40 per cent of the sec- ondary school aged population in Kaikohe receive their edu- cation at somewhere other than Northland College. It must be asked why that many students are looking else- where, Mr Saunders says. The current roll at the school is 270 students and it s predicted to drop by another 20 students next year. In the past, the school has held up to 1000 students. It was a highly reputed and considered to be a very suc- cessful school, with a very strong reputation. He says that sporting suc- cess, the school s agricultural programme and its hostel were draws for the school in the past. He d heard about this when he was attending school in Auckland as a teen- ager. Mr Saunders has recently finished an intervention at Opononi Area School. He is currently the commissioner at Whangaroa College in Kaeo and the commissioner at Kamo, a job that he says has nearly finished. In Kaeo, talks are under way to reinstate a board. He s left Opononi school with what he calls a highly skilled principal, who is new to the position but who s bringing great leadership to the school. And there is also a unique hybrid school board, four of its members are appointed by the ministry with two board members elec- ted. Mr Saunders spent three years in Opononi after he replaced a commissioner who d spent a year there before him. Mr Saunders says his first task in Kaikohe was to scope the problem at Northland Col- lege. He says his first impression of the school was very negative . The aim of my work is to reposition the school to return to self-governance and to do that it usually means that you have to work through a whole lot of issues that are troubling the school. The first thing that struck him was a substandard set of buildings, situated on beauti- ful grounds, he says. Clearly there has not been a property maintenance or development programme. The students were pleasant but they didn t seem to be engaged. There wasn t much going on, he says. Mr Saunders has engaged a financial consultant for a fin- ancial recovery plan and a property replacement pro- gramme is on track. The plan is to remove some of the build- ings that no longer have any educational value. We re starting -- right now -- the beginning of rebuilding a completely new campus. Three new classrooms are under discussion -- a computer technology space and two sci- ence classes. Towns like these -- rural, provincial towns -- need a good strong, viable, secondary school. It should be one of the key parts of the town. There s going to be some big stuff hap- pening here in the very near future, he says. Northland College has assets that set it apart from other public schools. The school farm is an under- utilised opportunity, Mr Saun- ders says. And there s a sig- nificant area of forest. There are assets there that long ago were used to the ben- efit of the school in a number of ways: One they generated income and two they provided an educational opportunity for students who were interested in horticulture and agricul- ture. This presents the school with an enormous oppor- tunity.
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