Cameras installed in special needs unit

Ashburton College’s principal says installing security cameras in its classroom under investigation because of bullying allegations was simply part of a wider school upgrade. Ross Preece confirmed that security cameras had been installed during the school holidays in the Te Whare Manaaki special needs unit, which was the focus of an investigation following long-term bullying … Continued

Schools await advice around vaccination mandate

  School leaders in Mid Canterbury have said the decision to mandate vaccinations was unavoidable. But local principals are contemplating greater guidance from the Government around the thorny issue of enforcement, should staff members push back on the ‘no jab, no job’ policy. The mandate, announced earlier this week by Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins, … Continued

Former AshColl staffer wants action over alleged teacher abuse

Parents and a former staff member are demanding action from Ashburton College over long-term bullying allegations involving a teacher, which the school has denied. Porsha Coley is leading the charge, having been a special education teacher at the college from 2017 until the end of the first term this year. She left in April because … Continued