Eastern Courier : June 1st 2011
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Pigeon Mountain Primary School backs on to the site and its board of trustees is opposing the develop- ment. Many parents also fear for their children s safety -- they re actively fighting it via the www.stop thurstonplacecollege.com website. The Eastern Courier questioned the ministry about these concerns and other issues. Regional manager northern Bruce Adin responds: What measures will the ministry put in place to ensure children at neighbouring schools are safe? How seriously is the ministry taking this potential issue? An assessment centre is part of the design of the new facility. A comprehensive assessment will be carried out before a student is enrolled to ensure the individual needs are assessed and programmes are put in place to meet these needs. The school will be staffed to carry out this assessment work. As for all new schools, security is in the forefront of the design team s mind. How will students get to the col- lege? Where will they come from? The students are all in CYF care and live in homes of CYF caregivers throughout Auckland. It is antici- pated that the students will be transported by minivans, care- givers cars or taxi. Why have the students been sent to the college? What issue do they have? The students ... are assessed to be more likely to have their individ- ual education needs met in a specialist environment. What backgrounds do they come from? These students come from a var- iety of backgrounds. Children walk past this site on the way to Pigeon Mountain Primary and Bucklands Beach Intermediate. Does the ministry consider there is no risk to these children or those at the neighbouring primary school? The ministry does not believe there will be any greater risk for the surrounding neighbourhood than there would be in the neighbour- hood of any other school. The relatively small number of students who will all be arriving by minivan, caregivers cars or taxi will be welcomed into the school by teaching staff on a daily basis. While it is not intended to fence the perimeter of the site there will be fencing of courtyards and other outside play areas. What sort of supervision will there be to stop students leaving the grounds? The supervision of these students will be at a level that will support a safe environment for the school and community. Why wasn't the surrounding com- munity consulted about the new col- lege? Why was this deemed a suit- able location for the school? The site has, for a long time, been designated and used as a special school site. Previously the site was used for a residential school. Thurston Place College is a day facility only. Engineering runs in the family Family of engineers: Scholarship recipient William Miao has engineering in his blood. Photo: STEPHANIE FAWCETT By STEPHANIE FAWCETT William Miao was destined to become an engineer. Both his parents and his grandfathers worked in engineering in China, and William developed an inter- est in the field early on. They used to take me around all the different manufacturing plants and I found it really interesting, the Cockle Bay resident says. After high school I just confirmed that this is my passion. His hard work has paid off and the Auckland University engineering student has been awarded a $6000 schol- arship by the Freemasons Charity. The charity awarded the scholarships to 32 scholars this year. William says the decision was made based on academic achievement and community involvement. I first saw the ad for the scholarship in the engineer- ing building at uni and I thought What have I got to lose? , he says. I think it s important to give back to the community thathelpsyousoIdoalotof volunteer work at places like the Auckland Stardome Observatory and I m a youth leader at my church. He is also the president of the Auckland University branch of Engineers Without Borders which does chari- table engineering work around the world. After graduating next year William hopes to either begin studying for a masters degree or take a gap year to do volunteer work overseas. I m planning to do a masters in the field of indus- trial environmental manage- ment. So I d work in indus- trial ecology which is taking the waste products from one manufacturing plant and using it as the feedstock for another. Freemasons New Zealand awarded scholarships to seven postgraduate students and 25 undergraduates.
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