Kapi-Mana News : October 18th 2011
9 KAPI-MANA NEWS, OCTOBER 18, 2011 NEWS HUGE STOREWIDE SALE MEGA CENTRE, PORIRUA • 237 6958 OPEN: MONDAY--FRIDAY 9am - 5.30pm • Late Night THURSDAY 9am - 7pm SATURDAY 9am - 5pm • SUNDAY 10.00am - 4pm TOYWORLD PORIRUA CONDITIONS: No Laybys on sale items No Rainchecks No Holds NOW $9999 NOW $5999 50% OFF Boys 12'' and Girls 12'' Hollywood bikes were $119.99 50% OFF Selected Tonka Chuck toys 70% OFF 50% OFF NOW $199 Party animals 2 pce WAS $12.99 NOW $2999 Lego 7684 WAS $59.99 plus other selected Lego Specials NOW $499 Party animals carry bag WAS $29.99 PLUS MANY OTHER SPECIALS ACROSS THE SHOP A Party animals THIS LABOUR WEEKEND P W P W P 80% OFF 20% off all Warhammer Products Selected Little Tikes Toys up to 65% off (Limited Quantities) 4106817AA SALE STARTS FRIDAY 21ST OCTOBER FINISHES MONDAY 24TH OCTOBER 6ft Trampoline Was $229.99 IN BRIEF Aid for migrants extended Porirua City Council's contractual arrangement with the Department of Labour to aid the settling of migrants has been extended for another 12 months. The Department of Labour has provided $100,000 for the council's migrant service Settlement Support Porirua to administer. The contract has been in place since 2005 and helps new arrivals find employment, connects families with information and services, and ensures there is a clear point of contact. In the past year, 165 clients contacted Settlement Support Porirua, with 148 of those being first-time clients, mostly from Britain, China, India or Fiji. About 20 per cent of these had been in New Zealand less than a year. Improving stormwater system City councillors were updated on Takapuwahia's stormwater management at last Thursday's committee meeting. Upgrade work is scheduled for the Ngatitoa St and Nohorua Rd intersection, which includes the installation of sumps and a new pipe, at a cost of $100,000. The council's general manager of asset management and operations Peter Bailey told councillors they expect to finish the work ''in the next financial year, as long as we get the co-operation of residents''. He said the improvements will never resolve all flooding issues in the suburb, due to the low- lying nature of properties, but staff would work with residents to lessen the risk. ''A lot of residents do not understand the consequences of putting in a pathway or new fence [and how it affects stormwater and drainage issues], but sending out flyers won't work. That's why we go in and talk where we can,'' he said. Haka to farewell top principal Veteran educator: Titahi Bay Intermediate principal Ted Scanlan has retired after a lifetime of teaching and leading local schools. By KAROLINE TUCKEY Retiring Titahi Bay principal School Ted Scanlan has seen many changes during a lifetime of teaching, and says classrooms are exciting places right now. The local educator was farewelled on October 7 with a giant school haka and a function at the school attended by past and current pupils and parents. Mr Scanlan grew up in Titahi Bay before Porirua was a city''. His mother was a dance teacher and wanted me to be a tap dancer,'' -- he still lists dance and drama among his past- times. He went to Mana College, then teacher's training college. But when his peers encouraged him to head for larger places to teach he realised he wanted to head home to reinvest in the local community. Most of his career has been spent on home turf, with Waitangirua Intermediate and Titahi Bay Intermedi- ate among the schools he has taught at. It's very rewarding,'' he says, it's hard work, but you're part of shaping the future, kids are our future.'' Education is much more transparent these days, he finds, with more assessments in classrooms, accountabil- ity to the ministry -- and increasingly to parents. It's getting more focused, now you are looking at a child as an individual... that gives teachers the opportunity to know exactly where their kids are at, and what the next learning steps are and what the next lesson should be.'' There is the risk of a narrower push for high standards and value for money, he says. You found back in the 70s and 80s, you would have gone through seven or eight years of a different teacher show- ing a different passion for different things, and introducing different skills -- my passion was drama -- but now, edu- cationally it's a much more intensive learning programme. Sometimes those skills don't come to the fore unless there's an elective pro- gramme because there's not enough time in the day to do it all.'' Though reading, writing and numeracy are at the core of most assessments and reviews, most schools still work hard to foster wider values like enquiry, problem-solving and critical thinking, he says. I think each school needs to make a stand on what they do on their own patch and why they do it, and being able to justify it through research, and then schools will take respect in things that aren't PC but that they believe in, and that's what makes school special.'' Schools are brimming with talent, he says, and education is constantly evolv- ing. Recent exciting development include principals stepping back into classrooms, trees for climbing being fostered in playgrounds, children's voices being encouraged through student councils and peer support, and the array of infor- mation offered by increasing technology in the classroom. Believing in and encouraging every student and teacher to success has been core to his approach. I've been very privileged to have won- derful staff'', he says. It's like a conduc- tor of an orchestra, you can't have your hand in everything, but if you are there directing them and they can play their instruments, it's a wonderful thing, and they have self-belief in what they can do, it translates to self belief in kids and make exciting educational times.'' Mr Scanlan's successor, former deputy principal Kerry Delaney, took over in the final week of term three.
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