Kapi-Mana News : June 21st 2011
24 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JUNE 21, 2011 EDUCATION Tertiary partnership Students and industry would both benefit from a combined council governing both Whitireia Com- munity Polytechnic and Welling- ton Institute of Technology, said the chairman for both councils, Roger Sowry, last week. He said the proposal would draw on the strengths of both institutions to give students easier access to a diverse range of programmes, and would be a one- stop shop for industry in the greater Wellington region. This journey started with Wel- Tec and Whitireia exploring a range of options for working more closely together to benefit students, the community and industry, and to support the econ- omic development of the Welling- ton region,'' Mr Sowry said. We believe the strategic part- nership will enable us to deepen existing relationships with indus- try on programme development, industry-specific training, and research, and by being more flex- ible to their rapidly changing needs. This will mean graduates are better prepared to join the workforce, have an even better chance of getting jobs and can start contributing to the economy quickly.'' The partnership would become a magnet'' for students with opportunities for specialist study through large new centres of excellence, access to more resources, and greater accessi- bility to programmes on a number of campuses, he said. Both institutions would con- tinue to be managed by their own chief executives and executive teams. The proposed partnership included establishment of a com- mon academic board and a shared services centre to provide infra- structure and support services. Our vision is that this strategic partnership will lead to a larger network of tertiary education institutions in the Wellington region, working together and con- tinuing to grow opportunities for students and enhancing our con- tribution to industry,'' Mr Sowry said. The consultation period runs until July 31. The discussion document and feedback form are available on WelTec and Whitireia's websites or by calling the institutions. Healthy hearts for Glenview kids Healthy heart: Year 6 student Samuel Hlawn Ching holds Glenview School's Healthy Heart Award, the second it has received in 18 months. Glenview School in Porirua East is the first school in New Zealand to secure two Healthy Heart Awards. The Heart Foundation- sponsored awards are given out to schools that show a desire to fos- ter healthy activity and eating. Glenview do not allow junk food on the school grounds; all lunches are healthy; and their students ensure the messages are taken home as well. Principal Gaylene Hill said she was extremely proud'' of their achievement. We got this [policy within the school] under way many years ago and we've just continued to create a healthy environment, promoting health and exercise with our chil- dren and staff. We can always improve and our next step is to make our community even more aware -- our student council are designing a pamphlet that they will take home.'' Glenview School, with a roll of 85, is part of the Fruit In Schools programme, ensuring pupils get one free piece of fruit per day. Costume winners: Best costume prizes at Tawa School's parade held at the culmination of Book Week went to, from left, Isaac Parker as Zac Power, Cayden Teau as Captain Underpants and Nathaniel Cottle as Scarecrow. Fictional fantasy day Tawa School held a celebration of all things bookish on June 3. Students were encouraged to dress up for a parade as a charac- ter from a book -- Captain Under- pants was joined by princesses, scarecrows, and pirates -- and a treasure hunt was held. We ran events all week; the teachers read a story to different classes once a day and there was a show on Wednesday,'' school librarian Angela Marsden said. The parade went down really well. There was a lot of original thought that went into the costumes, and the teachers got into it as well.''
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