Eastern Courier : July 15th 2011
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Offer valid for a limited time 3056961IC 3869146AB Pilates, yoga & hula hoop classes Swing yoga - 1st class free til July 31 Kids' yoga - starting term 3 -- 1st class free! Experienced instructors Opening special $25 for 7 days unlimited classes (conditions apply) OR $20 off a one-on-one (pilates or yoga) 18E Aberfeldy Ave (upstairs), Highland Park ph 027 471 7156 or email email@example.com for full timetable Fears of risk from Thurston students By MATT BOWEN THESE young people aren t young criminals but some of them will have violent crimi- nal histories . Two quotes from people on opposite sides of the Thurston Place College fence. The first comes from Child Youth and Family northern regional director Grant Ben- nett -- the second from com- munity leader, parent and opponent Richard Spong. Work on the school designed to cater for up to 100 young people under CYF care has been frozen pending consultation. The Education Ministry s plan outraged many in the Bucklands Beach community. Students with severe behavioural problems aged 11 to 17 would fill the Thurston Place College roll. Opponents say locating the facility on the doorstep of Pigeon Mountain Primary School and nearby Bucklands Beach Intermediate and Macleans College is wrong. It poses an unnecessary safety risk to students and the community, they say. A meeting did little to allay those fears. Mr Spong, Pigeon Moun- tain Primary School principal Ginty Bigwood and board of trustees chairman Cameron Astill discussed the issue with Mr Bennett this month. They will have criminal histories -- some of them viol- ent criminal histories, Mr Spong says. Some would likely have committed crimes that are punishable by imprisonment. It s not a youth justice facility but they will be coming from youth justice facilities which are secure into this facility which they can leave when- ever they like -- that really gave us no assurance. Mr Spong claims there has been no risk or threat assess- ment considered for residents and students within the school s environs and that staff will have no power to detain a student who leaves the property or absconds. Among assurances the Ministry of Education and CYF can give are a perimeter fence if necessary, a high teacher to student ratio and creating an environment in which the students will want to stay on the premises. Details of the consultation process with neighbouring schools and the community are yet to emerge. Baking up tasty muffins for Red Nose Day to help Cure Kids Home baking is not your usual stationery store fare but it will be in Paper Plus Howick today. Store owner Katie Trene- man spent her Thursday night baking muffins and cookies to mark Red Nose Day for Cure Kids. The tasty goods will be available alongside red noses for a small donation. Staff will be getting into the theme by donning their craziest red hats, wigs and brightest lipstick to encour- age customers to donate to a good cause. We had such a blast get- ting into the Red Nose Day spirit last year that we just had to do it again, Ms Trene- man says. All the staff are really looking forward to it -- it s a great excuse to get a little crazy for the day. Funds raised will be invested in vital medical research into all childhood illnesses. The organisation is cur- rently funding research into diseases such as stillbirth, sudden infant death syn- drome, sudden unexplained death in the young, type-1 diabetes, obesity, cystic fibrosis and pre-term baby survival, Go to www.curekids .org.nz for information. Nomination a great reward for teacher A+: Elm Park Primary School teacher Anna Graham has been nominated for a teaching award. Photo: STEPHANIE FAWCETT By STEPHANIE FAWCETT For Anna Graham the best part of the job is seeing chil- dren enjoy learning. And now the Elm Park Primary School teacher s passion for her work has paid off and she has been nominated for the New Zea- land Excellence in Teaching and Leadership Awards. But Mrs Graham wasn t always destined to become a teacher. I was studying for a degree in commerce and my best friends were studying to be teachers and my husband s a teacher so that piqued my interest, she says. I finished my commerce degree and then did the teaching diploma on the end of it. Being a teacher is an opportunity to make a dif- ference in kids lives. Mrs Graham might have found her true calling in teaching but had no idea she had been nominated for an award until she received a certificate from the awards organisation. The first I heard about it was when I was sent a cer- tificate saying I d been nominated by somebody, she says. The parent who nomin- ated her says Mrs Graham s teaching manner and efficiency appeal to both parents and children. She says Mrs Graham teaches through encourage- ment and her special needs child is thriving academi- cally and emotionally under her guidance. For the next stage of the awards process Mrs Graham and her fellow nominees have to create an online teaching profile. The teaching profiles will be looked over by the awards committee before they select 20 regional rep- resentatives to receive awards in Wellington in May next year. From these, 10 regional award winners will receive national awards and profes- sional development grants from a pool of $35,000. Two $5000 and three $2500 grants will each be made for excellence in teaching and for excellence in leadership. Visit www.neita.co.nz or contact the NEiTA Foundation on 308-0576.
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