Hora Hora School

What a difference a month makes

Pat Newman is a former Labour party candidate and is the principal at Hora Hora School.

Back in February, at the opening of a new $7 million building, his board chair had this to say:

Board of Trustees chairman Crichton?Christie says architecturally?the building, which is called Te Manuaute, fits in with the rest of the school.

“We maintained the courtyard and we still don’t have any fences. I don’t believe in them. What you do try to create here is an atmosphere where people feel safe and secure.

Christie says the students are fantastic and they have “very good teachers”.

He says the walls between the rooms can?be opened up to make a giant space.

“It’s quite a different teaching environment.”

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More on Northland College

Given that the PPTA bang on that Charter Schools in their first year should shut down if they are a few places below a predicted roll for the end of year two – shouldn’t they be seeking a Northland College shut-down given that it is 710 places below its maximum roll?

A good question. Back in 2013 they were looking to?the principal to turn things around.

A new principal signals a turning point for Northland College.

Students returning from holidays will be greeted by newly appointed Jim Luders, from Whangarei.

The college has long been seen as a bellwether for the community and the man who was installed to steer it out of a decline says it is on the right track as students head into holidays.

Commissioner Chris Saunders says the appointment of a new head, construction on the campus and an increased roll all indicate progress. ? Read more »

Time to smash the Teachers Unions, all of them, hard

The Dompost shows the very great lengths that the Tweetchers and Principals are prepared to go to to control the sector.

A group of rebel principals plotted to “quietly take over” an association representing 90 per cent of school boards in an effort to overwhelm the national standards debate, leaked emails suggest.

An email exchange shows principals involved in a boycott of the standards discussed “dealing with” the New Zealand School Trustees Association.

“The easiest way is for us to quietly take over regional organisations of NZSTA … Just imagine NZSTA run by principals!” an email written by Hora Hora School principal Pat Newman states.

Mr Newman is former president of the Principals’ Federation and the immediate past president of the Tai Tokerau Principals Association.

He is one of two Labour Party members vying for selection to stand as the Labour candidate in Whangarei next year.

His email was sent to, among others, Denise Torrey, president of the Canterbury Primary Principals Association; Frances Nelson, president of the national primary teachers’ union; Iain Taylor, president of the Auckland Primary Principals Association, and Perry Rush, Island Bay School principal.

Marlene Campbell, principal of Invercargill’s Salford School and a member of the Southland Primary Principals Association executive, which this week called Education Minister Anne Tolley “Minister Hitler”, was also a recipient. All have been vocal critics of the national standards.

Mr Taylor responded to Mr Newman’s August 20 email with: “Oh that the go!! Great thinking … loved ya email to her too … man she awful!!” Mr Taylor was referring to NZSTA president Lorraine Kerr, who has refused to criticise or fully endorse the standards.

The organisation they wanted to infiltrate and take over by stealth is the same organisation that reminded Borads of Trustees that they were now to pass any school funds on to the illegal boycott of National Standards. No wonder the Labour member activist?Principals?wanted to take it over.

While Labour candidate presumptive Pat Newman thinks that it is all much ado about nothing his vast protest against the implementation of government policy seems to be unravelling before their very eyes. With leak after leak of documents showing their meddling, their nicking of state funding to pay for the protest and the outright lies of their cause, is it any surprise then that we find out that a third of the schools that Pat Newman and his fellow conspirators have declared to be in their cabal, aren’t, in fact.

Nearly a third of the schools that said they had no confidence in National Standards have told the Ministry of Education they do in fact plan to implement the controversial scheme.

A group called Boards Taking Action Coalition said last week that the trustees from 225 schools around the country had issued a vote of no confidence in National Standards. As a result those schools would refuse to set student achievements targets for next year until the system was reviewed.

The next day the ministry starting contacting all of the protesting schools’ boards of trustees to check the claim.

The Herald has learned 66 of the 225 coalition boards indicated their schools planned to implement the standards in full. A further 109 said they would take some form of action or were yet to decide if they would implement the standards in full. Fifty schools are yet to be contacted.

The ministry yesterday said it could not comment as it had not finished making all the calls.

So this means that the cabal of conspirators are in fact big fat liars. Worse thing is that these people are in charge of teaching our children.

I think it is high time that there was a general smacking around of the teacher and?principal?unions. They certainly shouldn’t be able to avail themselves of taxpayers funds to mount their protests.

While we are smacking about uppity teachers, i see that the Herald has also picked up that Marlene Campbell just can’t seem to say sorry like she means it. If there was any case for the sacking of a?Principal?it is her case, and I would put a commissioner into her school, along with Perry Rush’s and Pat Newman’s.

More Labour meddling in Education

Here is another ?politically neutral? principal ? Pat Newman. I heard him banging on against National Standards on NewstalkZB last night with hosts Petra Bagust and Pat Brittenden.?

National Standards discussion NewstalkZb

First up was Professor John O?Neill who called the standards ?dumb?

Next was Lesley Pether, Principal of Maraetai Beach Primary School,?who said the National Standards were going well and NS was helping the teachers.

Finally Pat Newman, Principal of ?Hora Hora Primary School, Whangarei ,?expressed his dislike to National Standards by saying ?Ha,ha,ha…? He believes that National Standards help no one. He was very rude and referred to Anne Tolley simply as ?She?.

I Googled Pat Newman and found that he might be the same Pat Newman who is a hopeful Labour Party electorate candidate for Whangarei. Talk about a stitch up! He has also posted at Red Alert.

I am adamantly opposed to standards as discussed. I am not opposed to parents have good accurate information and they should be getting that now, and if not their parents should be loud and vociferous to get that info.

That also requires parents to pick up some responsibility to attend school, talk to their teachers and discuss their childrens p[rogress though!.

I am opposed because standards will not identify poor teachers and they shouldn?t anyway and in my opinion, there are already existing avenues for that to happen, that are working.

Hora Hora Primary School is Decile 2 school. I wonder – is this the reason why Principal Pat Newman is so against National Standards? I would have thought that National Standards would help the teachers and the students to achieve more.

Ethnic makeup of pupils:

Maori 73%, NZ European/Pakeha 21%,
Pacific 1%, other ethnicities 5%

Also it was interesting reading the ERO report for Hora Hora School ? especially this statement. I wonder what this means? :?The board was also asked to attest that??policies and procedures that relate to students who have special education needs are implemented without discrimination?.

Including Students with High Needs

During this review ERO investigated the extent to which the board and school leaders of Hora Hora School provide an inclusive education for students with high needs. This included collecting evidence about the school?s policies, processes and practices to support the enrolment and induction of students with high needs and to support their participation and achievement at school. The information collected during this review will contribute to information that will be reported in a national education evaluation report.

Prior to a review, a board of trustees and principal attest in the Board Assurance Statement that they have taken all reasonable steps to meet their legal requirements including those detailed in Ministry of Education circulars and other documents.

The board of Hora Hora School was asked to attest to whether it had??ensured that teachers of students with disabilities, and other contact staff, have a sound understanding of the learning needs of students with disabilities and, where necessary, have put in place support systems centred on each individual with disabilities.? The board was also asked to attest that??policies and procedures that relate to students who have special education needs are implemented without discrimination?.

ERO?s findings confirm these attestations.

ERO needs to know that Pat Newman does not intend to work with the Crown on National Standards because he can?t – maybe – because he is too politically aligned with the Labour Party.

This is even more proof of the Labour and union dominated opposition to National Standards. The dishonesty of the campaign to undermine National Standards is clear for all to see now.