Rapey teacher and rugby coach sacked

A TOP NORTH Island school with Anglican traditions dating back more than a century has sacked a rugby coach facing rape charges.

The man’s identity cannot be revealed because of suppression orders relating to both criminal and Family Court matters – but it is understood he is facing one charge of rape and another of unlawful sexual connection.

The Teachers Council website shows the man’s teaching certificate expired in June this year and has not been renewed.

It is also understood he has been sacked from the coaching role he once held at the school where he previously was employed teaching English.

It is understood the man has been in the teaching profession for more than two decades, both here and overseas. He began teaching at his current school in 2011.

Details of the allegations against the man are shrouded in mystery, but it is believed they relate to a former partner.

The principal of the co-educational boarding and day school where the man used to work said he was no longer involved with coaching the school’s first XV side.

He declined to comment further, saying the man had name suppression.  Read more »


Choices choices… go for the teacher or the whiney mum?

Media Party decides to f*** the teacher over – including photo.

A teacher accused of taping a child to a chair has been cleared by the Education Council, angering parents.

The Education Council has cleared Cheryl-Lyn Porter of misconduct after it received a complaint about “an issue” from Christchurch South Intermediate School in May.

It is understood the complaint included several incidents, one of which was the taping.

Porter resigned from the school in April.

A mother, who Stuff agreed not to name to protect her son, said her son was sticky-taped to his chair in Porter’s class in mid-2013. She said she is angry the complaint was not upheld and that Porter could continue teaching.

In front of a class of about 26 pupils, Porter wound tape around the 11-year-old and the back of his chair, then up and around his head, the mother said. The teacher ripped the tape from his head, taking some of his hair off with it and left him to struggle his way out.

The mother only found out about the incident months after, when she “had parents coming to me because their children were so concerned about [her son]”.    Read more »

Registered, rooting students and now has her name kept secret

Another registered teacher has been struck off after admitting to rooting one of her students.

A secondary school teacher with 20 years’ experience who had sex with one of her students has won name suppression to protect the boy and her own children.

The teacher has been censured and her registration cancelled after the affair last year.

According to the Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal decision, the teacher had sex with the Year 13 student she was tutoring five times, either at the unnamed school or at his home last year.

The pair had communicated via Facebook and messages showed she had offered him offered sexual rewards for completing teaching tasks.

The woman admitted she had been totally unprofessional but her father had recently died, she was in poor health, still looking after her own family and had problems with her head of department.

She admitted that when the student first kissed her it flattered her. He had told her he wanted to lose his virginity with someone he trusted and someone special.

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Another registered teacher in trouble

This one went to jail, but proves yet again that registration of teachers is no protection despite the claims by Labour and the teacher unions that compulsory registration is to protect the kids.

A former Wellington teacher who had an ongoing sexual relationship with a teenage female student from another school has been jailed for two years and four months.

The 30-year-old had been on a school trip with the victim and other students last year.  He began spending time with her, friended her on Facebook and exchanged messages via social media and texts.

Another teacher on the trip became concerned about the nature of their relationship and confronted the man over the Facebook messages but the man said it was not against school policy to friend a student from another school.

After the trip the two continued to meet.  He arranged to meet her at a Wellington hotel where they had sex.  Despite being spoken to by the principal of his school and his family and the victim’s family who were concerned, the relationship continued.   Read more »


When this teacher registered, he thought it was a company

This registered teacher managed to find time in his under-paid, over-worked schedule to run a business.

When he was supposed to be teaching a class, an Auckland primary school teacher instead managed his family’s cleaning business and bought a house.

Ravinesh Chand, of Colwill School in Massey, used a school laptop and other equipment to access Facebook and do other personal business on school time.

He also altered his car registration to make it appear current when it had in fact expired two years before.

Mr Chand argued his actions, while inappropriate, were not the serious misconduct as alleged in the charges he faced before the Teachers’ Disciplinary Tribunal. The tribunal agreed.

“In our view, this case is one where the teacher’s conduct amounts to misconduct but we do not think it meets the test for serious misconduct,” tribunal chairman Kenneth Johnston said at a hearing in Wellington today.

Mr Chand will be censured and a copy of that will be placed on his record.

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Just how much is Kirsty Johnston in the PPTA’s pocket?


As the PPTA try all manner of whinging strategies and attempt to get public support for a bargaining round with government, they have found a best friend at the Herald.

Today they have an article stating there are teaching shortages looming – only 5 people are applying for each job.

Where there are specific subject shortages, the PPTA won’t acknowledge that it is their fault as they insist on a national collective contract. Which of course means that people with extra knowledge and skills cannot negotiate an individual contract to help make teaching worthwhile for them. The PPTA’s collective bargaining keeps many great people out of the field – and NZ’s children suffer because of it. Their opposition to bulk funding exacerbates all of this.    Read more »

Faceless shadows that walk amongst us, or The Girls of the Taliban

Women’s rights groups can see that yet again women’s rights in Afghanistan are under threat. Previously women had been banned from going to the doctor and getting an education. Now they can visit a doctor and get educated BUT unregistered religious ‘ schools are springing up everywhere where the only ‘ education ‘ provided is religious brainwashing Islamic. No science, no maths, no anything bar memorising the Koran.

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Islamic religious school in Afghanistan

Inside the school for girls the only thing they study is the Koran. They rock as they recite the words, the obvious cult like brainwashing methods clearly apparent. Recite, rock, repeat, over and over and over. No critical thought allowed, just the ideology imprinted over and over again. No questioning, no freedom of speech, no actual education just the words repeated over and over again.

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A reader emails about Pat Newman and the demise of the Teachers Council

Following on from your article ‘WHEN THE UNIONS, LABOUR AND MILITANT PRINCIPALS COMPLAIN‘ regarding Pat Newman; another reader has provided an update on his undisclosed role and affiliation with the New Zealand Teachers Council.

Hopefully Pat Newman reads Whaleoil, much like Mary Rose Painter (Communications Advisor at the New Zealand Teachers Council), refer Whaleoil article ‘ HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? HE WAS REGISTERED (UPDATED)‘ where Mary had emailed requesting the article be amended.

Interesting to note is the Teachers Council and Anna Kirtlan (NZPPTA Communications Advisor and PPTA News Editor) have also made comment in other Whaleoil articles; you have obviously caught their attention Cameron and team.

As a parent, who has had the misfortune of sitting across the table from these people at the Teachers Council, I would like to say they should be ashamed of themselves! With confidence I know I am not a lone parent celebrating the demise of the New Zealand Teachers Council, it has been long overdue for an overhaul.

For the benefit of the Teachers Council (including Pat Newman) and PPTA readers here are some cold hard facts you have unsurprisingly failed to address.

‘Review of the New Zealand Teachers Council’

Report to Hon. Hekia Parata


” In fact only 10 percent of all complaints referred to the CAC have been referred to the Disciplinary Tribunal. The Review Committee was openly told that, in practice, employers and the unions worked together to try to prevent reporting to the Council and that the reporting requirement was used as a lever to settle a dispute”

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Why I love the internet

I currently home school Miss Whaleoil who is 16. Being an ex English and History High School teacher I can assist her with most of her subjects but her current level of Maths is well beyond my understanding. She uses the ACE curriculum for Maths, Science, Etymology and Business Math which is student directed learning that I am able to supervise after completing ACE Supervisor training.

To pass a test in ACE you have to score at least 80% before you are allowed to progress to the next level. If you fail you have to redo the entire unit of work so it is crucial that you understand the topic thoroughly before you progress from the checkup to the self test and then to the final Pace test for the unit of work.

Last week for the first time Miss Whaleoil was unable to fully understand the examples provided to help her understand how to correctly complete some very complex equations in her Algebra pace. What she needed was help step by step to see where in the equation she was going wrong. Hiring a Maths tutor once a week for 1 hour will not solve the problem as she does math every day and needs to be able to ask for help when she needs it.

Google to the rescue.

Online Math Tutor

Online Math Tutor

Did you know that for $19.99 a week she can have online live help from a tutor anytime? We tried it today and she live chatted the tutor. They were able to work on an equation together on a virtual whiteboard. She wrote a part and the tutor wrote a part. How cool is that? An expert on tap when she needs them for $19.99 a week. She can even select tutors who specialise in certain types of math eg algebra. The tutor she initially chose from a photo referred her to another who understood this particular type of Algebra. The website I have linked to has tutors for 40 different subjects! You get access to all 40 for one weekly charge. This is a fantastic business model for the consumer and I hope also for the tutors who can work their own hours to suit from home. With the ability to help from another country because of the time zone differences, 24/7 availability is possible.

The internet really is amazing. Our world had been expanded so that a girl in New Zealand can get help from a Tutor in America.


Face of the day

Boy am I glad that I didn’t go to our face of the day’s school when I was nine years old. I was a bossy little so and so and would command groups of kids both female and male all running around with wooden and plastic firearms that I had brought to primary school. I got to be in charge because I had all the war toys ( thanks Dad ) We would kill each other with hoots of joy every break and sometimes we would be the good guys and sometimes the bad guys.One time my Dad was called into the Principal’s office because a parent had complained that I had sat on her son. This was before the days that schools were politically correct so I sat there bemused as my Dad and the Principal laughed at how I had bested a boy my own age in a play fight. I didn’t get punished by the school but my good friend Jared Curry did get his revenge as I had unintentionally humiliated him in front of his guy friends. He hunted me down the next day at lunchtime, tackled me and sat on me while his friends hooted with laughter. I had been running towards the safety of the girl’s toilets but didn’t quite make it. The next day I was at his place watching some puppies being born cause that is what mates do.

Courtesy Jason Steward This is the third and strangest suspension for Aiden Steward, 9, pictured on the right with a sibling, at the Texas school district.

Courtesy Jason Steward This is the third and strangest suspension for Aiden Steward, 9, pictured on the right with a sibling, at the Texas school district.

Tolkien lore led a Texas boy to suspension after he brought his “one ring” to school.

Kermit Elementary School officials called it a threat when the 9-year-old boy, Aiden Steward, in a playful act of make-believe, told a classmate he could make him disappear with a ring forged in fictional Middle Earth’s Mount Doom.

“It sounded unbelievable,” the boy’s father, Jason Steward, told the Daily News. He insists his son “didn’t mean anything by it.”

The Stewards had just watched “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies” days earlier, inspiring Aiden’s imagination and leading him to proclaim that he had in his possession the one ring to rule them all.

“Kids act out movies that they see. When I watched Superman as a kid, I went outside and tried to fly,” Steward said.
Aiden claimed Thursday he could put a ring on his friend’s head and make him invisible like Bilbo Baggins, who stole Gollum’s “precious” in J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy series “The Lord of the Rings.”

“I assure you my son lacks the magical powers necessary to threaten his friend’s existence,” the boy’s father later wrote in an email. “If he did, I’m sure he’d bring him right back.”

Principal Roxanne Greer declined to comment on the fourth-grader’s suspension, citing confidentiality policies, according to the Odessa American, who first reported Aiden’s troubles Friday.

Kermit Elementary School in Texas suspended a 9-year-old student for saying he could make his friend disappear with a magical ring of invisibility.

Kermit Elementary School in Texas suspended a 9-year-old student for saying he could make his friend disappear with a magical ring of invisibility.

The family moved to the Kermit Independent School District only six months ago, but it’s been nothing but headaches for Aiden. He’s already been suspended three times this school year.
Two of the disciplinary actions this year were in-school suspensions for referring to a classmate as black and bringing his favorite book to school: “The Big Book of Knowledge.”

“He loves that book. They were studying the solar system and he took it to school. He thought his teacher would be impressed,” Steward said.

But the teacher learned the popular children’s encyclopedia had a section on pregnancy, depicting a pregnant woman in an illustration, he explained.


It is so sad really. I remember my son when at primary school falling foul of political correctness. Boys in his class had been going through a wedgie phase for about a week. No one was safe. My son suffered a wedgie from his mate and later returned the favour. Another boy who wasn’t his friend gave him a wedgie so my son waited patiently for an opportunity to get him back. Like his Dad he believes revenge is a dish best served cold. Unfortunately by the time he got his own back Wedgies were weeks out of fashion. I was called into the Principal’s office. I explained the situation and was shocked to hear that the mother had claimed that it was a sexual assault.