College signs up to German initiative

Prime Minister John Key was on hand to sign off a momentous occasion for Ashburton College’s German language department yesterday. On an hour-long whistle stop visit to Mid Canterbury, Mr Key joined German ambassador Anne-Marie Schleich, Rangitata MP Jo Goodhew and other dignitaries to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the college and the German Foreign Ministry’s Goethe Institut, as part of a world-wide school initiative to form a … Continued

Intermedia: ‘A great experience’

This year, the Year 8s were given the chance to go to Peel Forest for camp in the middle of term one. All classes but our class (8/1) went with one other class. Our class unfortunately had the first day cancelled as it was raining. All classes had the chance to cook on gas cookers for breakfast (if you wanted toast), lunch (if bacon was … Continued

Intermedia: Students have fun on wheels

In May we (8/5) were lucky enough to have skating and rollerblading sessions at school. We were given instructions and safety gear. We had helmets, elbow, wrist and knee protectors. The aim of the session was to have some fun and to try something new. Everyone participated and had fun trying out new activities. Writing and photography done by Ashburton Intermediate School … Continued

Intermedia: Robots on the loose

Beep! Beep! Beep! The Year 8’s of AIS have been studying how to programme Lego Mind Storm Robots with one of our technology teachers, Mr Butler. In order to do so we use software downloaded on the laptops called Lego Mind Storm. We have plenty of activities to complete, for example: Following lines, giving readings of different surfaces, making sounds and lots of other fun activities. Presently, … Continued

Bullying ratings rubbished

Publishing bullying statistics alongside numeracy and literary is ludicrous and would not paint a clear picture of the complex issue, locals at the coalface of the worrying behaviour warn. The comments come after an Australian psychiatrist made international headlines yesterday, claiming schools should have to run surveys on bullying and rank them alongside English and … Continued

Relief that bus saga finally sorted

You could sense the relief in Grant Congdon’s voice on Monday. The deputy principal of Ashburton College has ended a three-month-long saga involving a new bus service that transports disabled pupils to school. The journey has been a long one for all involved, as high emotions and heavy-handed criticism surrounded the sensitive issue. But using … Continued

‘A lot of fish hooks’ to merging boards

Education bosses would have to tread carefully if they merge school boards struggling to find candidates, Mid Canterbury educators say. And the district’s smaller schools believe they won’t need to merge boards, even though some are not holding elections this year. Plans emerged yesterday that Education Minister Hekia Parata might merge small neighbouring school boards … Continued

BOT elections loom

Hundreds of Mid Canterbury parents will be hitting the polls over the coming weeks, deciding who will be the best candidates to lead their child’s school. Schools have sent out their Board of Trustees (BOT) election packages, enclosed with a list of the nominated parents all vying for a position on Mid Canterbury school boards, … Continued

Helping hand for foodbank

Helping the elderly, caring for the environment and working for those in need was all part of a day’s learning for St Joseph’s School on Wednesday. The Catholic school joined 240 schools of its kind, including Methven’s Our Lady of the Snows, as part of Catholic Schools’ Day on Wednesday. For the youngsters, the daily … Continued

Teachers’ pay dispute nears end

A lengthy negotiation period looks to be coming to an end, as Mid Canterbury teachers look to settle the details of their pay for the next two and a half years. Primary school teachers’ union, the New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI), says it has settled a deal with the Ministry of Education, which includes more … Continued