Susan Says … February 2018

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Kia ora, Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Kia orana, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Taloha ni, Nisa bula vinaka, Ni hao, Namaste, greetings from Te Hononga Akoranga, COMET Auckland.

Just six weeks into the year, 2018 is already reminding me of the old Chinese curse, “may you live in interesting times”. Auckland schools are short-staffed as the combined effect of rising housing costs and a nation-wide teacher shortage kick in. Meanwhile, Pacific language ECEs are raising concerns that the English language requirements for teacher registration are a barrier to skilled and otherwise qualified staff being employed and paid as teachers. On the policy level, the new Government has moved quickly to establish fees-free tertiary learning for first-time students, to remove the requirement to report against National Standards and announce the end of charter schools, among other changes.

Not all these changes are negative by any means and, in fact, change is needed if our education system is to deliver equitably for all Aucklanders.

However, the effect of multiple changes at one time adds uncertainty and Continue reading “Susan Says … February 2018”

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SouthSci applications are open for 2018

Got a STEM research idea for your community? We can help with experts and money – up to $20,000 for each project.   

Interested? Come along to our info and brainstorming session on Thursday the 15th of February. All are welcome, but funding is restricted to around south Auckland.  

 

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Calling Auckland’s STEM companies: We need mentors

SouthSci logo-01We are looking for more STEM-based businesses in Auckland to help with mentoring students and teachers taking part in our participatory science programme in south Auckland schools. Interested? Email Dr Sarah Morgan  or find out more here.

What is a SouthSci mentor?  Fisher & Paykel Healthcare has been involved for the past three years and now runs a fully-fledged mentoring programme for SouthSci. In 2017, 14 of their young engineers volunteered as mentors, working with students and teachers on seven projects ranging from analysing worm tea to monitoring beehive health and redesigning wētā houses.

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Product development engineer Charlotte Laus sent us this about her experience as a SouthSci mentor with F&PH colleague Ben Pegman at three south Auckland schools. Continue reading “Calling Auckland’s STEM companies: We need mentors”

Where to now for Ka Hikitia?

Ka HikitiaThe Ministry of Education has responded to allay concerns raised at our TMEF Education for Māori hui in November about the future for Ka Hikitia.

COMET Auckland emailed Education Minister Chris Hipkins just before Christmas about what would happen to Ka Hikitia and the Pasifika Education Plan. Both were due to finish at the end of 2017 and with no official word on their fate, concerns had been raised at our last Tāmaki Makaurau Education Forum about whether Ka Hikitia, in particular, would continue.

In a reply to COMET Auckland chief executive Susan Warren this month, Associate Deputy Secretary Damian Edwards wrote Continue reading “Where to now for Ka Hikitia?”

Tāmaki Makaurau Education Forum hui

There are three hui planned for this year, so get these dates into your diary!

Taiohi Wananga_FINALWe’re holding our first ever Youth Education Wānanga on April 12 at Ngā Kete Wānanga Marae at MIT.

Please download the poster  and send it around your networks.

If you’re a rangatahi aged 14-19 who might like to come along – or if you want to recommend someone, you can email Huia or call her mobile number on the poster.

But wait there’s more!

We’re planning two TMEF hui this year:

Wednesday May 16 & Wednesday October 10 @ MIT in the Tanoa Room, 10am-2pm with morning tea and lunch.

Topics will include a report back from the youth wānanga and a follow-up to the November hui with the Auditor General’s office on the future for Ka Hikitia.