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Posts Tagged ‘Ashburton College’

NCEA pass results pleasing

Ashburton College’s efforts supporting “at risk” level 1 students, and encouraging senior students to return to school for NCEA level 3, have paid off. The school received its overall NCEA pass results from 2017, and principal Ross Preece said he is “chuffed” with the results. At level 1, 85.2 per cent of students passed, up 5 (more)

‘The kids are awesome’

  Ashburton College’s Mr Volleyball, phys ed teacher Dave Christensen, is calling time on a teaching career that spans five years at Cashmere High, six years at Greymouth High and finally 32 years at Ashburton College. He talks to reporter Sue Newman about a career he’s loved from day one.    Dave Christensen says (more)

Kim calls time on career

Teaching is a challenging job at any level, but Kim Morrison is one of a small group of people who opt to tackle the job of ensuring children with learning difficulties and behavioural issues also have an opportunity to learn. The Ashburton College Student Learning Support Unit learning support assistant Kim Morrison talks to reporter Sue Newman (more)

Coaches wanted – urgently

Ashburton College’s top rugby players might find themselves sidelined for the season unless coaches can be found for their team. The school’s 1st XV is currently coachless and in spite of rigorous efforts by college principal Ross Preece to find replacements for last year’s coaching team, he’s drawing a blank at every (more)

Critical shortage of good teachers

When the Ministry of Education says New Zealand does not have a teacher shortage that’s just political expediency, says Ashburton College principal Ross Preece. The shortage he says, needs to be measured in quality as well as quantity. “On paper you could perhaps find a warm body to put in front of a class but you don’t want to do (more)

New apprentices hard to find

The demand for apprenticeships is so strong in Ashburton it is outstripping the number of young people available to take up jobs. Ashburton College runs a trades academy that takes 20 students a year. All of this year’s students will have employment at the end of the school year and principal Ross Preece says he continues to field (more)

Pupils to earn devices

In an era when there is increasing pressure on family finances, providing an equitable outcome for all students is one of the biggest challenge any school faces, says Ashburton College principal Ross Preece. And one of the areas where financial inequality shows up is in the requirement from many schools for students to have their own laptop or (more)

Funding the future

Commercial sponsorship will become an increasingly big player in the business plans of many schools, says Ashburton College principal Ross Preece. While schools were granted a pool of money each year from the Ministry of Education, there was a growing disconnect between the money granted and a school’s needs, he said, and bridging that (more)

Path for at-risk students

A group of at-risk young teens is being given a second chance at education thanks to an innovative new programme running at Ashburton College. Concerned that a small number of students were on the fast-track to exclusion, principal Ross Preece began looking for new ways to keep those 13 and 14-year-olds engaged in learning. “I’d (more)

The secrets to success

Maintaining her willpower, spending “a lot” of time at her desk, and keeping track of everything in a notebook – that’s the recipe for success for Ashburton College’s Samantha McArthur. The Year 13 student managed to both excel in her head girl duties throughout the year, and scoop up an impressive array of silverware at the (more)


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