Kapi-Mana News : August 9th 2011
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This has forced the decision to turn the staffroom into a makeshift classroom, while the staff use a shoebox'' for them- selves, says principal Adam Campbell. The school's board of trustees chairwoman Jacqui Edwards says it is not an ideal situation for teachers, and zoning is one option they are looking at to rein in their student numbers. Children are walking past nearby schools in Waitangirua every morning -- some of which have empty classrooms and falling rolls -- while some Postgate students come from Porirua East, Ranui and Titahi Bay. Positive word-of-mouth, the Postgate pride'' that permeates the school and its after-school care has made it attractive to the wider com- munity, says Ms Edwards. We'd love the ministry [of Edu- cation] to give us more money to keep building and building but the reality is we won't get it. So we have had meetings among our board and we are talking to our parents, as well as the ministry, about what our options are. Zoning is one way forward but we need to digest a lot of infor- mation first, especially so we can look at how this will affect our school.'' She says it is creating some angst among parents, but current students and their younger siblings will not be affected. We will not be sending people away but we do have to look at our future enrolments, that's a given.'' The zone boundaries are still to be determined by the ministry and Ms Edwards expects them to be a little limiting''. She says the school does not want to see a fall- ing roll come 2013 or 2014. The school had zoning about 20 years ago and it did cause numbers to fall. Other Whitby schools Discovery and Adventure use zoning, as do Paremata, Papakowhai and Pauatahanui, while Tairangi, Rangikura and Te Kura Maori o Porirua do not. A Ministry of Education spokes- person told Kapi-Mana News that formal notice about implementing an enrolment scheme'' was made in June. Once consultation with the com- munity and neighbouring schools has occurred, the ministry will review the feedback before any final decisions are made. Those students already enrolled are not affected [while] in-zone students have the right of enrolment at any time. Out-of-zone students are sub- ject to a ballot process.'' Step closer for gully link roads Two applications for Transmission Gully link roads are ready to be submitted to the Environment Protection Authority, Porirua City Council announced last week. The council approved the applications for designation and Resource Management Act consents for the roads, which will link to the gully route at the top of James Cook Dr in Whitby and on Warspite Ave in Waitangirua, at a meeting on August 4. The council's applications will be lodged with the EPA later this month alongside the New Zealand Transport Agency's Notice of Requirement and resource consent applications for the Transmission Gully project. Mayor Nick Leggett says the council is pleased the Transmission Gully is a step closer. Porirua has supported and promoted Transmission Gully for many years now so it's exciting to see us taking another step in the process. This road is crucial -- not just locally -- but as a regional roading network that will pro- vide greater route security and ease conges- tion for everyone in the Wellington region.'' Once the EPA receives the applications, the Minister for the Environment will decide whether the applications will be referred to a Board of Inquiry or the Environment Court. The public will then be given the chance to have their say and Mr Leggett encourages residents to have their voices heard by mak- ing a submission. Catch on to latching on By ANDREA O'NEIL Breast practice: From left, Sharon Mokalei, with baby Caidyn, was accompanied to last Friday's Big Latch On by her partner, while Tanya Thompson encouraged her niece Arielle Tiraa to bring along her daughters Jada and baby Kiana. The words breast'' and support'' are gaining significance well beyond lingerie changing rooms at Cannons Creek's Fanau Centre. A dozen mothers gathered on Friday to mark international breastfeeding week with a Big Latch On'' -- babies were poised at breasts at 10.30am exactly to be counted towards a breastfeeding world record attempt. But it was the quality, not quantity, of breastfeeding which was the key message of the gathering. Breastfeeding is often scary and uncomfortable for new mums, says Sandy Reid, Capital and Coast District Health Board's community breastfeeding coordi- nator. Support from friends, family and health officials is crucial, and gathering mums together is a good way to support them. Mother-to-mother support is hugely important,'' she says. They need to get confidence, and people supporting you is much better than people saying you've got to give your baby a bottle'.'' The Fanau Centre hosts a free breast- feeding centre which gives advice to breastfeeding mums two mornings a week. Painful breastfeeding and worries about milk supply are the top two con- cerns Ms Reid hears at the centre. The World Health Organisation recom- mends babies are breastfed to two years, and exclusively on breast milk to six months. Most Kiwi women breastfeed to one year, Ms Reid estimates. Aunts, friends and one male partner accompanied the mums, many of whom were attending their first latch on.
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