More letters on behalf of Partnership schools

The letters of support for charter schools continue to pour in :



Dear Sir/Madam
The following are some of our thoughts on how the Villa Education Trust schools are helping my child and why you need to enhance this option!Kia OraMy name is [redacted] Te Whatu.  My Oldest son [redacted] Te Whatu graduated as Head Boy from South Auckland Middle School in 2014.  My Youngest son [redacted] Te Whatu currently attends South Auckland Middle School and is in Year 7.I appeal to you and beseech you to consider my following statements in the decisions you will make for my child and their education.

It is hard to put into words how invaluable South Auckland Middle School has been not only to my own children, but also my Wider Whanau that have attended.  I attribute my oldest son’s success to the step up that SAMS gave him when the current Schooling system was failing him.  They were able to meet him at his level and empower him to exceed all our expectations.

Due to the confidence and good study habits that he learned at SAMS, [redacted] finished year 13 well and is now enrolled with Air New Zealand and studying a career in aeronautical engineering.

This was done through their unique style of Education.  A huge difference that was noticed straight away by my son was the Class size.  No longer did a teacher hand 30+ students a hand out to be handed back at the end of period with no interaction from the teacher.  The Class cap of 15 students per class meant that every student was not only interacted with, but fully supported through their learning process.

I have three older daughters in their early 20’s.  It was always disheartening too see so many students, literally 100’s start on the first day of school in Year 9 and then just a handful of students complete their schooling to year 13.  I believe that SAMS is a important and vital bridge to this obvious gap in our current education system.  We know that this problem in our education is there, but not everyone is prepared to do what it takes to ensure that this cycle does not continue.

I am a huge believer that in raising our children we are raising the contributing members of our future society.  We can not continue to allow our children/tamariki to fall through this Gap unnoticed.

A huge public focus is the monetary differences, which are always the most pointed out.  Free Uniforms, fee’s and stationery.  It is stated that Charter schools are profiting at the main stream schooling expense.  This is not the case.  The only difference is that Charter schools have more control over their funding and choose to put it where they see it can help the most.  It is no secret that we live in a impoverished area and the most basic of life expenses is a struggle.  Again this is just one more way that SAMS is helping in real life to support the Whanau/family unit as a whole, by removing common difficulties.  You only need to check with your local WINZ to see how many families were forced to seek assistance just so their children could start school.

I believe it is every parents/caregivers responsibility to ensure that not only their kids attend school but Achieve at their chosen school.  In September of 2017 I went Public (via Manukau Courier) in order to bring attention to Our local school ‘Waimahia Intermediate’ and its extreme failure in its ERO Report.  I thought it was unacceptable that this should be the level of education being received by our children and certainly concerned that this might have to be a option for my son Moses.  Thankfully my application to SAMS was successful.

There are definitely successful schools out there.  I am currently a Board of Trustee member at Te Matauranga School and Te Kurakaupapa Maori O Manurewa. They are committed to giving our children/tamariki the very best start to education they can.  Concerns come in when the children/tamariki have to move on, to  secondary schools where they get lost in the crowd leading to discouragement and then disengagement where they no longer wish to be a part of the education process and tertiary education seems a dream for only the select few, much like owning your own home these days.  We have to acknowledge where we are losing them.

With progress and technology there is no excuse in this day and age for our children to be receiving any less than what they deserve, and that is the very best.  South Auckland Middle School give and encourage the very best from their students.  Their students are confident and empowered to move forward not only in education but also in life, gaining good character.

To take away a school or schools that have been so successful and excelling in results just does not make sense.  As a responsible parent I choose to make a informed decision and give my son the very best opportunities available to him.  This is South Auckland middle School.

Kind regards

[redacted] Te Whatu
Mother and Grandmother.





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