Error costly for local schools

Rectifying an administrative error will cost Mid Canterbury schools more to bring in relief teachers, making it harder for schools to give extra support to teachers and pupils. Last year, Education Minister Hekia Parata resolved “a long-standing administrative error” and had to double the amount of staffing entitlement used when schools brought in a relief … Continued

Misbehavers held to account

Naming teachers guilty of misconduct is part of the movement to hold highly-regarded professions to account, Ashburton College principal Grant McMillan says. A former Ashburton College teacher is currently before the New Zealand Teachers’ Council over inappropriate behaviour he resigned over in May. Complaints against him are currently before the council’s Complaints Assessment Committee, which … Continued

Leaky Borough building in test

A leaky Ashburton Borough building is understood to be caught up in a legal test case that could hold cladding manufacturers responsible for a multi-million dollar repair bill. A High Court document earlier this week revealed the full list of defendants in a case where the Ministry of Education will look to take cladding manufacturers … Continued

Shooting for four

Ashburton College can clinch a clean sweep in the South Canterbury Secondary Schools basketball league tonight with teams in all four finals in Timaru. The Ashburton College senior boys won the Mid Canterbury open men’s grade and now have their sights set on the South Canterbury senior boys’ premiership, but will need to do something … Continued

Just one more game . . .

The Ashburton College 1st XV have the biggest game of secondary school rugby in Mid Canterbury history tomorrow. College host Dunstan High School in the South Island Co-Ed Championship tomorrow, with the winner heading to the national top-four playoff in Rotorua next weekend to face the Blues region winner in a straight semi-final. It’s a … Continued

Priority pupil funding ‘spread thinly’

Mid Canterbury principals are not getting too far ahead of themselves over the Government’s announcement to pour $27 million into initiatives to help struggling pupils. Mid Canterbury Principals’ Association president Neil Simons doubted the district’s schools would see much of the cash because it would be spread thinly and there “were higher priority learners” in … Continued

Caitlin’s off to Japan

A year 12 student from Ashburton College is heading overseas to experience the Japanese culture first-hand thanks to a fully paid scholarship from the government. Caitlin Adlam, 16, won the Ministry of Education Language Immersion award that was given out to only 15 secondary school students in New Zealand this year. Caitlin would be leaving … Continued

Vandals in spotlight

An Ashburton mother has “reached the end of her tether” with vandals who have repeatedly vandalised her historic Tancred Street home. In fact, Kim Bishop has got to the point where she is going to install security cameras on her property to catch the culprits in the act or deter would-be vandals. The latest incident … Continued

LED signs lead national trial

Mid Canterbury youngsters are less likely to become a statistic on our roads after a national trial to beef up safety around school buses launched yesterday. Ashburton Borough School provided the backdrop for what could soon set a precedent for school transport, where the flashing LED 20km/h signs installed on either end of 30 Pearson’s … Continued

Mixed reactions to college ERO report

Ashburton College’s critical Education Review Office (ERO) report has created concern for some parents while others are remaining philosophical. This week the ERO released its finding on a visit to the college back in April, and found a disconnect between teaching staff and management, caused by a lack of trust, confidence and respect. The ERO … Continued