Education

Teachers strike in Wellington today

Primary teachers conclude a week of industrial action today, with schools closed throughout the Wellington region. A meeting for Wellington, Wellington North and Te Kura branch members will take place at the Opera House at 11.00am this morning, followed by a march to Civic Square for a rally. Other 11.00 meetings will be held for …

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Your high five events for Friday 16 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Enjoy a fun morning today (from 10:00am) …

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Guilford’s call for voluntary redundancies gobsmacks VUW staff

The Tertiary Education Union (TEU) has asked the Vice-Chancellor of the Victoria University of Wellington, Grant Guilford, to be clear about his plans for the future of the university, after all staff were sent an email on Tuesday inviting them to apply for voluntary redundancy. The email from Professor Guilford (pictured above) advised staff members …

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Wellington primary schools to close on Friday as teachers strike again

In the start of a week of rolling one-day strikes around the country, more than 100,000 primary school students in Auckland will be home from school today as teachers and principals walk off the job after the collapse of contract negotiations last Thursday. RNZ story by reporter Katie Scotcher @katiescotcher [email protected] In August, teachers and principals …

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Your high five events for Wednesday 7 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events.  And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App. Watch a free performance of Kapa Haka …

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Clyde Quay, St Mary’s and Wellington East students win new digital awards

Teams from Clyde Quay School, St Mary’s College and Wellington East Girls College were announced Wellington regional winners of the inaugural Tahi Rua Toru Tech national championship at a ceremony last night. The new digital technology championship launched in April with the backing of the Ministry of Education and is open to all New Zealand …

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PM presents Porirua teacher with inaugural music award

The inaugural Tui award for Music Teacher of the Year was presented last night to Porirua teacher Elizabeth Sneyd at the third annual Artisan Awards, alongside awards for producer, engineer, music video and album cover. The awards for behind-the-scenes achievers are part of the annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, and were held at Massey …

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WelTec to swallow Whitireia in merger, closing Kāpiti campus

A proposal announced yesterday would see two troubled tertiary institutes in the Wellington region merge, with Whitireia Community Polytechnic integrated into the Wellington Institute of Technology in an effort to strengthen their combined financial position. The organisational change proposal, E Tū Ma Tātou – Our People, Our Challenges, Our Future, would also see the closure of Whitireia’s …

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Neologisms, oxymorons and onomatopoeia will test sagacious orthographers

Nineteen of New Zealand’s top young orthographers will be challenged with difficult words as they battle to become the 2018 New Zealand Spelling Bee champion this Saturday. Year 9 and 10 students competing at the event’s national final at City Gallery have emerged from hundreds of entries from secondary schools and colleges around New Zealand …

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Primary school teachers vote for rolling strikes

Primary school teachers and principals will strike again across the country next month, with industrial action affecting the Wellington region on Friday 16 November. Story by RNZ Teachers march on Queen Street, Auckland, in a bid for better pay rates. Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook The New Zealand Educational Institute, the country’s largest education trade union, says …

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Rongotai subway and murals celebrated

The new sea-themed murals on the entrances to the subway below the airport runway were blessed and celebrated at a ceremony yesterday morning.   Rongotai College students with Weta Workshop Art Director Paul Tobin and artist Sheyne Tuffery in front of the subway murals The murals – which feature real and imagined sea creatures and …

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Thursday double digital education events extra

Here’s a couple of education-related events extra to our High Five, that you may want to take advantage of this evening… Wellington educators, businesses and parents* are invited to the Future of Education evening presented by Frances Valintine (above), recent recipient of the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Education Futurist and Chair …

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Student told she couldn’t stay in VUW hall after suicide attempt

A first-year Victoria University student was evicted from her hostel the day after she tried to commit suicide. Story from RNZ Checkpoint, 25 September 2018, by journalist Emma Hatton [email protected] Warning: This story discusses details of assault and suicide that may be triggering. Dani tried to end her life in October 2017 at Cumberland House, …

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Wellington professor appointed chief science advisor for MBIE

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has announced the appointment of Professor Gary Evans to the role of its Chief Science Advisor. “We’re thrilled to welcome Professor Gary Evans, a highly respected chemist from Victoria University of Wellington’s Ferrier Research Institute to the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment,” announced Dr Prue Williams, …

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Government to dissolve tertiary institute Council

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has made a preliminary decision to appoint a Commissioner to troubled tertiary institutions Whitireia and WelTec in a move to address the financial woes of the two polytechnics. Te Auaha, the Institute of Creativity opened this year by Whitireia and WelTec. Minister Hipkins said today that following consultation and consideration of submissions, …

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Free haircuts give students hands-on experience

The students learning barber skills at Te Auaha are giving Wellingtonians free haircuts to gain practical experience. Story and photos by Luke Jackson The difference between a barber and a hairdresser is hard to explain according to Daimon Johnson, the tutor of Te Auaha’s first-ever New Zealand Certificate in Barber Skills programme. He settles on …

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Art auction tonight to raise funds for national music centre [updated]

The NZSO and Victoria University are running an art auction tonight to raise funds for the national music centre based around Wellington Town Hall. Terry Stringer, Sea Sound, Like Violins (2018), bronze Thirty works from artists such as Dick Frizzell, Shane Cotton, Jenny Doležel, John Walsh, Gretchen Albrecht, Elizabeth Thompson and Ans Westra will be …

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Govt bails out Whitireia with $15m after drop in student numbers kills cashflow

Whitireia Polytechnic has received a $15 million capital injection from the government after enrolment numbers plunged last year. Te Auaha, the creative industry complex developed by Whitireia and Weltec polytechnics. Photo by Mark Cubey.  Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced yesterday that the government was responding to a call for financial help from Whitireia, which lost …

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Tertiary students rally for better mental health services

Tertiary students took a fight for better mental health services to Parliament yesterday, rallying in support of a campaign for better mental health in their communities. The students have created The Wait is Over campaign, which wants to make mental health services accessible to all. The students formed a line on Parliament’s lawn, to give …

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Students launch blog to expose sexual harassment

An anonymous #metoo blog was launched at midnight by Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association to collect stories of sexual violence and harassment experienced by students. It follows the model of the blog set up in February by Auckland lawyer and VUW alumni Zoë Lawton, after revelations of inappropriate sexual behaviour at law firm Russell …

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Teachers to rally at Parliament in support of strike

Wellington primary teachers, principals and supporters will be gathering at Westpac Stadium at 11:00am today in support of the first strike by teachers in 24 years. The rally will be followed by a march along the concourse to Parliament for a rally starting at midday. Around 29,000 primary teachers, principals and supporters are taking to …

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Feedback deadline extended for VUW name change proposal

The period for providing feedback on the proposal to simplify Victoria University of Wellington’s name to University of Wellington has been extended to Monday 27 August. The University Council has extended the feedback period for two weeks to ensure that all those wanting to comment have an opportunity to do so. The Council voted unanimously …

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VUW to hold public meetings about proposed name change

Three public meetings will be held next week to answer questions about the proposal to change Victoria University of Wellington’s name to University of Wellington. The Victoria University of Wellington Council made a draft decision on 27 July to recommend that the Minister of Education approve University of Wellington as the new legal name for …

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When Satan rocked the high school social

“Come, come, come to the Sabbat, come to the Sabbat: Satan’s there!” chanted the wildly dancing students. Psychedelic lights swirled and intoxicating rhythms poured from Marshall amps as Timberjack, dubbed “the nation’s most evil band”, brought their black magic rock to the Wellington High School social in 1971. By Mark Cubey It was my first year …

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Full day of strike action for primary teachers and principals

Wellington primary teachers and principals will join a nationwide day of strike action on Wednesday 15 August. A clear majority of teachers and principals voted through their member groups for a full day’s action, according to the teachers’ union, the  New Zealand Educational Institute. The NZEI has been asking for improved working conditions and a …

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“Victoria” to “Wellington”: a damaging plan [UPDATED]

Hugh Rennie QC has followed his criticism from 16 July regarding the proposed name change for Victoria University of Wellington with another piece published on Scoop. His concerns about the proposal have heightened. You can read his analysis here: http://wellington.scoop.co.nz/?p=111112#more-111112 Our earlier story runs below. “Victoria” to “Wellington”: a damaging plan By Mark Cubey Earlier this …

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Acquired for $10, sold for $27,999,990

Victoria University of Wellington pocketed $28 million for selling the Karori Teachers College campus to Ryman Healthcare. Property records revealed yesterday show that a company controlled by retirement village operator Ryman Healthcare paid $28 million to the university for the site in December 2017. The title to the 3.7-hectare site Karori campus site was acquired …

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No more “Victoria” for University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington’s Council has agreed to change the tertiary institution’s name to “University of Wellington”, removing the word “Victoria”. The University Council has voted unanimously in principle to recommend that the Minister of Education approve University of Wellington as the new legal name for the University, as well as adopting a new Māori …

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