Posts Tagged ‘Hekia Parata’

Hold on Hekia. Cyber schools aren’t the answer

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Our daughter turned eight this week. She is a bright, happy and curious little girl with lots of friends. She’s in the bilingual unit at Westmere Primary. Cool principal and gifted teachers. Awesome, engaged whānau. After school, she logs on to Study Ladder. She nails the homework fairly quickly, but it doesn’t take long for Read more

VIP farewell for Br Sir Patrick Lynch

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Politicians, cardinals, bishops and educationalists gathered in Wellington on April 3 to farewell Br Sir Patrick Lynch. Br Sir Patrick is leaving the New Zealand Catholic Education Office after 22 years at the helm. Speakers at the function included Education Minister Hekia Parata and Cardinal John Dew. Ms Parata praised Br Sir Patrick’s “immense contribution Read more

Decile shift sees Catholic school cut back teacher training

Friday, March 18th, 2016

A Rotorua Catholic school has had to cut back on teacher training after its decile rating was raised early last year. St Michael’s Catholic School lost $15,000 in funding annually as a result of its being changed from decile three to decile four. It was one of many schools hit by a decile review starting Read more

More money for integrated schools: but when?

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

When the Government makes curriculum requirements which have a capital expenditure component it covers the cost for state schools. But not for 330 integrated schools. The minster of education Hekia Parata has made a commitment to resolving this issue in the term of the present government. But she has not said how she expects to Read more

Review of state school religious instruction ruled out

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

New Zealand’s Education Minister Hekia Parata says she is not considering a review of the Education Act, which allows religious instruction in state schools. Christchurch mother Tanya Jacob and the Secular Education Network are pressing for changes to the law in this regard. They have laid a complaint with the Human Rights Commission. Ms Jacob Read more

Catholic Principals join boycott of testing tool

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

The rejection of the PACT (Progress and Consistency Tool) by the Principal’s Federation has drawn the wrath of Education Minister Hekia Parata, who called the boycott “irrational”. The Educational Institute, the Association of Intermediate and Middle Schools and the Catholic Principals’ Association also supported the move. Continue reading

900 attend Catholic Education Convention

Friday, August 10th, 2012

More than 900 teachers, principals, lecturers, priests, bishops, school trustees are gathered in Wellington from around the country, to celebrate and develop Catholic education at their triennial convention which began on Wednesday. Hon Hekia Parata, the Minister of Education and Lesley Longstone, the Secretary of Education are among those address delegates as well as overseas Read more

Viard College BOT Chair – reports based on National Standards not helpful

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Bishop Viard College board chairwoman, Marian Blackford, does not believe reporting based on national standards could help students’ self-esteem. “Our students are over-represented in the tail, we have 6 per cent Pasifika and 20 per cent Maori in our college. We have worked hard for a lot of years to keep them all moving along. Read more