A good example of educational innovation

September 29th, 2013 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

Villa Education Trust have announced:

The Villa Education Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Bryce Anderson as the Community Liaison Manager for South Auckland Middle School being established to begin at the start of the 2014 school year.

For the past two years Mr Anderson has been the Team Manager for the Blues rugby team in the Super 15 competition.

In announcing the shift Auckland Rugby CEO Andy Dalton stated:

“It is a new and exciting role – based in South Auckland – and focuses on the development and welfare of the school and the kids in this low-socio economic area.

The role also requires the integration of the local community into the school – which includes Auckland Rugby and the local clubs.

This is an area Bryce was keen to move into so it’s all very exciting for him”

His role with South Auckland Middle School is to build relationships between the school and the families as well as developing links into the local community. Not only will he be ensuring the day to day welfare and family involvement of the children while at South Auckland Middle School but he will also track and support them through their Year 11 – 13 schools where they will be seeking their NCEA qualifications.

That’s a smart link up and a good example of innovative thinking.

South Auckland Middle School will begin in 2014 with a maximum role of 120. Class sizes will be limited to 15. The school will have an academic focus with core subjects being Maths, English, Science, Technology and Social Studies taught by highly qualified teachers. The students will also have independent study time each morning where they will complete cross curricular projects. In the afternoon there is a programme involving Music, Art and Sports.

One aspect of Mr Anderson’s position is to develop the relationship between the school and the highly supportive Auckland Rugby organisation who will be working with the school to provide fitness, skills and rugby coaching. The school will be aiming for students to make outstanding progress not only as academics but also in the activity based afternoon opportunities.Enrolment at the school is open to all students of Years 7 – 10 and is not zoned. Tuition will be entirely free and no school donation will be asked. Uniform and stationery will also be supplied with ample state of the art Information Technology on site.

Sounds terrible. No wonder Labour and Greens are vowing to close them down regardless of how successful they are.

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17 Responses to “A good example of educational innovation”

  1. Harriet (4,967 comments) says:

    “…..Bryce Anderson as the Community Liaison Manager for South Auckland Middle School being established….”

    The private school where my kids go to here in QLD is almost finished being established[ they built it up year by year from kindy - to prep - to finally, year 12 next year] but they didn’t ever pay for a ‘community liason officer’. The board, parents & community simply consulted with the principal of the school over internal and external matters.

    Sounds to me like a complete waste of money for a ‘community liason manager’. And there is only 120 pupils. Surely Auckland Rugby, if they want future players, could approach the school principal like any other business does.

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  2. Samuel Smith (276 comments) says:

    For the real story have a look at the ministry of education’s information dump on charter schools:

    http://www.minedu.govt.nz/theMinistry/EducationInitiatives/PartnershipSchools/InfoRelease.aspx

    To be fair, Villa was probably the best of a very bad bunch.

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  3. itstricky (1,830 comments) says:

    So they are a factory for Auckland Rugby then.

    I’m happy with that then. Hope all those out there who aren’t rugby fans are delighted that public money is going toward this

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  4. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    Fifteen per class, highly-qualified teachers – sounds good to me!

    If I were the parent of a child who was being taught at a lousy South Auckland state school I’d be bloody keen to get my child into this new school.

    I desperately hope that the Nats can win the next election so that this school and others like it can be given a fair go. What hypocrisy it is for Cunliffe and Labour to talk about a “fair go” for the poor, and yet they would close down this school without giving IT a fair go.

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  5. Reid (16,440 comments) says:

    This is a smart move. If anyone is able to draw the linkage between building strong academic confidence through sporting prowess in an area where often the only way through to these kids is via sport, it’s an arrangement like this.

    It’s a shame it’s taken so long into National’s term to get this moving, since it’ll take a good few years before the concept is embedded into the community and the parents begin to share a common vision as those outside the school look and learn from those inside and thus build a critical support mass which would make it difficult for it to be swept away because that’s the only way this will remain in place. Here’s hoping.

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  6. Kuini (4 comments) says:

    What a good idea. Teaching kids in low socio economic areas will be so easy especially with highly qualified teachers. Yes they can teach them, then the kids can go and play sports. Great the govt is putting more money into charter schools so they can pay for highly qualified teachers over and above the going rate? Looking forward to the fantastic results promised.

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  7. Samuel Smith (276 comments) says:

    I note students’ education at Villa will conclude in Year 10.

    Therefore no NCEA or alternative secondary qualification on offer.

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  8. Jack5 (5,137 comments) says:

    Hope the school does better than the Blues.

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  9. dime (9,972 comments) says:

    awesome. hopefully the start of something great.

    harriet – i suspect there are a few differences between the private school you send your kids to and a charter school in south auckland.

    if the school can afford it and think its the way to go then all power to them.

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  10. Ian McK (237 comments) says:

    S Smith: Crawl back into your Labour/Green losing lair.

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  11. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Ian McK: crawl back into your paleoconservative cave.

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  12. doggone7 (801 comments) says:

    So Labour and Greens are close them down regardless of how successful they are. Someone please explain why any innovative programme like this would not be a goer in others schools. Had Blues Rugby gone with the intention of doing the same thing at say, Manurewa High School, could a programme have been developed?

    Clever marketing. Surprising that John Banks isn’t all over it claiming credit.

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  13. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    I’d be surprised if John Banks could even explain cogently what a charter school is. He’s lying low till election year, of course, but you’d think he could make an effort of some kind.

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  14. doggone7 (801 comments) says:

    For a moment there I thought you said John Banks was lying! Maybe you heard him on radio recently talking about charter schools recently. Was it lying low, lying high, high lying, low lying or just plain lying?

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  15. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    He’ll save his best lies for the general election next year.

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  16. BR (81 comments) says:

    “To be fair, Villa was probably the best of a very bad bunch.”

    Yeah. They need to get rid of social studies.

    Bill.

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  17. mpledger (425 comments) says:

    Why should taxpaying parents of kids in decile 1 state schools pay for the stationary and uniforms of kids at South Auckland Middle School? If the public taxes are going to pay for uniforms and stationary of New Zealand students than it should be for all or for none.

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