Athletes set sights on Aorakis

Following the finals day on Thursday, around 70 athletes will represent Ashburton College at the Aoraki Secondary Schools Championships in Timaru on March 13. The finals day also had Nick Ralston crowned senior boys’ champion with a three-way tie for second between Romeo Touli, Thomas Greer and discus record breaker Toafa Touli. Senior girls’ champion … Continued

Rowers raring to go

Ashburton College rowers take a step up in intensity today in the South Island Secondary School Championships at Lake Ruataniwha. Ashburton College rowing coach Steve Beveridge was in Twizel yesterday morning to spend the day checking over the boats in preparation for this morning’s 7.30am start, and is raring to go. “It will be interesting … Continued

Go to school, pass NCEA

  An Ashburton College study has proven an obvious but sometimes forgotten theory – you have to be at school to pass. The college compiled a unique study of senior pupils last year to show the direct relationship between time spent in the classroom and credits earned towards NCEA. A graph supplied to the Guardian … Continued

Swim, bike, run, race

Water, wheels and running were the three words on everyone’s mind at the Hinds Domain yesterday. Tinwald School held its year 5 and 6 triathlon where the young competitors, including Ethan Titheridge (left), Chloe Small  (above) and Ronan Kenny (right) were put through their paces swimming, biking and then running the 3.2km long course. About … Continued

College rocks on athletics prelims day

There may have been a double-seater bike and some creative costumes roaming about, but Ashburton College’s preliminary athletics day wasn’t lacking in competitive spirit yesterday. About 1200 pupils, dressed in their red, blue orange or green house colours, descended on the Ashburton Domain Oval and college grounds to vie for what is traditionally the biggest … Continued

Polytech manages to avoid funding cuts

Aoraki Polytechnic has avoided new Government funding cuts that have been unleashed on underperforming tertiary institutions. On Wednesday, several tertiary education providers, including Massey University, Auckland University and the Southern Institute of Technology, revealed they are set to lose thousands of dollars in subsidies. The Government has based its funding rules on course qualifications and … Continued

Emotional moments as university beckons

Three packed suitcases and a couple of pillows are all Sam McLay needs to start the next chapter in her life. Today, the Ashburton College leaver will do what hundreds of other teenagers throughout Mid Canterbury have been preparing for this week – packing up and leaving home. When Sam departs her Tinwald home today … Continued

Scathing attack on teachers’ pay system

The subject line on Peter Livingstone’s email says it all. “Had enough.” The Tinwald School principal launched a scathing attack on the error-ridden Novopay payroll system yesterday, questioning competency, legal action and utter arrogance. In a 500 word email sent to Ministry of Education officials, Novopay, the teachers union, Jo Goodhew and Novopay trouble-shooter Steven … Continued

Innovative approach to school fundraising

Rakaia School has taken on a business-savvy approach to boost its income by up to $15,000 in what could be the future for schools in search of extra cash. School classrooms, sports teams, iPads and even the school name may soon be sporting local business names in a drive to generate more money at Rakaia … Continued

Courses may be cut at Lincoln

Maintaining the high calibre of graduates that leave Lincoln University should be the top priority as the land-based tertiary provider looks to cut courses, Mid Canterbury farming experts say. Their comments follow Monday’s revelation that between 50 to 100 of Lincoln University’s courses could be slashed by 2014 to streamline and strengthen its role as … Continued