Rodney Times : January 18th 2011
6 RODNEY TIMES, JANUARY 18, 2011 NEWS Proudly 100% NZ owned and operated and supporting the Community since 1971 www.madbutcher.co.nz Offers valid from Mon 17th Jan - Sun 23rd Jan. All Stores Open 7 Days Fresh Lamb Leg Roasts Fresh Lamb Shoulder Chops only 12 kilo Super Low Prices for Fresh NZ Lamb! only10 $ .99 kilo ( plain, crumbed, marinated ) Fresh Lamb Loin Chops Save $5.40kg o our everyday low price! only10 kilo .99 .99 $ $ only 4 $ .99 kilo Mad Butcher Pre Cooked BBQ Sausages Get a FREE 6 pack Mad Grocer Burger Buns with any purchase of Mad Butcher Branded Hamburger or Beef Patties! while stocks last NCEA results posted out to students OUR SCHOOLS By MICHELE ONG Rocking to school: Kiwi band Ivy Lies, best known for their single Addicted, could be performing at your school. Band members, left, Rosie O'Connell, Emla Palmer and Lisa Blatchford. Students can expect to receive their NCEA results, mailed out yesterday, in the post over the next few days. New Zealand scholarship results will be delivered mid- February. The 2010 results are also available online, and this is the first time candidates are able to access their results online before receiving it in the post. Candidates can order any documents, including their certificates, via the new online facility. Students must register on NZQA s website in order to view their entries and results. Marked examination papers will be posted out to students from January 20, and students have until February 18 to apply for reviews and reconsiderations. Visit www.nzqa.govt.nz for more information. Teachers are set to continue their battle with the govern- ment about pay and working conditions. With the new school year starting soon, the Post Pri- mary Teachers Association says industrial action will probably continue. That means more strikes are possible. The association says future costs could be greater than short-term industrial action if the chance to do the best for students isn t taken now. The Principals Association says continuation of the ban will disrupt the school year s start. The PPTA intends holding union meetings in February to discuss the next move. New Zealand s teens are among the top in the world in reading, science and math- ematics, an OECD report says. Our 15-year-olds came sev- enth, two places ahead of Australia, in the OECD s tri- ennial Programme for Inter- national Student Assess- ment, PISA, which assesses students near the end of com- pulsory education on how well prepared students are to face future challenges and their ability to analyse, reason and communicate effectively. What more does it take to realise we ve a top education system producing top achievement, New Zealand Principals Federation presi- dent Peter Simpson says. Mr Simpson says the results are astonishing con- sidering New Zealand does not invest as much money in education as its other OECD counterparts. The assessment, based on two-hour test of a half million students in more than 70 OECD economies, tested students on mathematics and science. Hong Kong-China had the strongest performance, with Singapore, Canada, New Zea- land and Japan next. We can attribute this result directly to the dedi- cation, creativity and com- mitment of our teaching staff and the way they manage children s learning in this country, Mr Simpson says. He says results show New Zealand has got the recipe right , unlike Australia and the United Kingdom, which have succumbed to various forms of national standards and testings . The OECD report also found, among other findings that girls read better than boys in every country, students do well regardless of their socio-economic back- ground, high performing school systems tend to prioritise teacher pay over smaller class sizes, schools with good discipline and bet- ter student-teacher relations achieve better reading results. Visit www.oecd.org for more information. Schools are given the chance to win $4000 to spend on books and stationery for the new school year. Stationery retailer Paper Plus has four $4000 grants for schools to win. The grant is made up of $3000 for schools to spend on books and stationery and another $1000 worth of advertising for schools to promote their fundraising events. Paper Plus recognises the role schools play within the communities in which they operate, but we know times are tough, Paper Plus chief executive Rob Smith says. As members of the local community Paper Plus is keen to offer its support through the School Grant programme. The first winner will be announced Friday and other winners announced every successive Friday until February 11. People can nominate their schools right through to then. Winners will be announced on the website www.classic hits.co.nz which can also take competition entries. Paper, scissors, rock students have a chance to win their school hosting rights of a Kiwi rock band when buying their stationery for the new term. Paper Plus is offering students the chance to have Kiwi band Ivy Lies perform at their school, as part of the company s Back 2 School Rocks promotion. There are three concerts nationwide to be won. To enter, spend $25 at any Paper Plus store until Febru- ary 13, then visit www. paperplus.co.nz/backtoschool rocks to complete an entry form. Every entry receives a $100 Air New Zealand Holidays voucher. The Credit Union is in its sec- ond year of offering scholarships to students for use at the start of the new school year. The organisation is offering four scholarships worth $250 to primary and intermediate pupils, and another four scholarships worth $500 to secondary students. We were very pleased with the quality of the applications last year. And we look forward to another successful presen- tation this year, New Zea- land Credit Union general manager Rob Collins says. Scholarships will be paid to the schools in the names of the successful pupils for their use of any school expenses such as fees, stationery and school trips. Only Credit Union members are eligible to apply. Application closes February 18. Forms can be collected from any four New Zealand Credit Union branches in Penrose, Mt Roskill, Manu- kau and at Auckland airport.
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