Metro schools will be considered as another option to meet future education needs in high-growth urban centres such as Auckland, Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.
“A metro school is an innovative model that responds to the need to provide education in intensified urban areas, where the large areas of land associated with a traditional school may be hard to acquire,” says Ms Kaye.
Features of a metro school can include:
- it is located on a more compact site, which may be leased rather than purchased
- it uses community amenities such as fields and gym facilities, rather than having its own
- it can draw on its location to enrich the educational experience for students, eg through access to museums and libraries, and connections with local businesses which can lead to work placements
- it provides opportunities at a planning level to better align school and urban design, so that as well as schools having access to community facilities, the community can also benefit from access to school facilities - an arrangement potentially enhanced if schools adopt more flexible hours of operation.
“Traditional policy levers have served us well, and we’re making good progress delivering extra capacity in Auckland. By 2019, we will have delivered an extra 17,000 new student places in the city, through new schools as well as extra classrooms at existing schools,” says Ms Kaye.
“The Ministry of Education is also taking a more strategic approach to acquiring land for schools, looking further ahead with planning and identifying where land may be needed 20 to 30 years from now.
“However, with parts of New Zealand, especially Auckland, becoming increasingly urbanised and intensified, we need to challenge the way we think about procuring infrastructure and delivering education in these areas.
“We began looking more closely at the metro school model, which is already used in a number of countries, last year.
“As part of this, we’ve taken a keen interest in Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery, a special character school in Christchurch which reflects key principles of a metro school.
“Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery’s vision incorporates family-like relationships between the school, parents, whanau and the wider community, who are all heavily involved in school life and delivering the curriculum.
“An inner city location is a big part of their vision, because it enables the school to fully utilise all the amenities and experiences that the city offers.
“Looking ahead, the advice I’ve received is that at this stage, there may only be a handful of metro schools required over the next couple of decades.
“The Government has mapped out a set of principles to guide possible investment in metro schools in New Zealand.
“We’re committed to ensuring that New Zealand has the school infrastructure it needs to support children to achieve to the best of their potential.
“This is reflected in our investment of more than $5 billion in new and upgraded schools and classrooms, significantly more than any previous government.
“Having the metro school model as another option up our sleeves means we’re even better placed to ensure we keep meeting communities’ needs in the future.”
Metro school investment principles
High density urban areas – Metro schools will be considered in areas that are highly utilised and lack affordable green space.
Student outcomes – Metro schools will continue to provide the infrastructure required to deliver a 21st Century curriculum, promote innovation and support all students to achieve educational success.
Partnership and shared facilities – Planning and design of the school will be completed in partnership with the local council. This will ensure the school will have required access to community amenities to teach core aspects of the curriculum. The sharing of facilities will be confirmed through the appropriate mechanism.
Flexible space – Schools will have innovative learning environments to support 21st Century teaching and learning.
Appropriate size – An appropriate site size range will be used to ensure the school will receive teaching space entitlement.
Connection to transport – The school’s placement will be considered a transport hub with ease of access for students and parents/caregivers on their way to and from work or home.
Connection to schooling network – The school will not be isolated from the local schooling network. It will be able to form part of a Community of Learning and be able to work collectively and cooperatively with surrounding schools.
Pathways to future education – Educational pathways and transitions between stages of education will be considered. Access to tertiary education and work placement opportunities with local businesses will be a key focus.
A hub for the community – The school can establish community connections and act as a hub. It will allow the community access to its 21st Century learning environment through flexible hours of operation, and facilitate the establishment and utilisation of online learning hubs.
Student safety will be the highest priority – Location of the school will take into consideration the risks presented by surrounding businesses. Ground floor planning requirements will ensure students are able to safely enter and exit the building at all times.
Use of additional space – There will be the opportunity for community or commercial lease of space if the school does not utilise the whole area.
Education Minister Nikki Kaye has welcomed the passing of a Bill that puts the achievement of children and young people at the heart of the education system, and provides the flexibility to respond to their current and future needs.
“The biggest reform to education in nearly thirty years was significantly boosted today with the passing of the third and final reading of the Education (Update) Amendment Bill,” says Ms Kaye.
“This Bill is a significant milestone for our education system. It will ensure that New Zealand has a dynamic education system fit for the 21st century and beyond.
“It also represents the incredible drive and determination of the previous Minister of Education Hekia Parata to enact real change that will benefit generations of young New Zealanders.”
The Bill establishes a clear strategic direction for early childhood services and schools, focusing on the educational achievement and learning of children and young people. It introduces objectives for the education system which will inform a new statement of National Education and Learning Priorities, setting out the Government’s priorities for education.
“These priorities will make it clearer to our educators what success for students looks like. To move the education system from delivering education, to one focussed on raising student achievement with clear accountabilities for all.
“The Bill also sets out a new framework for online learning, reflecting the impact of digital technology on the delivery of education.
“Communities of Online Learning will increase the education options available to young New Zealanders.
“Students will be able to choose from a greater number of education providers and have more access to more subjects if they and their parents think online learning is right for them.
“Before any Communities of Online Learning can be established there will need to be consultation on the regulatory framework.”
An important amendment to the Bill prohibits the use of seclusion in schools and early childhood services, and creates a legislative framework for the appropriate use of physical restraint in schools.
“Making this legislative change sends a clear signal to educators that in today’s world there is no situation where it is acceptable for children and young people to be secluded,” says Ms Kaye.
“We want parents, families and whānau to be confident that schools, kura, early childhood services and ngā kōhanga reo are safe places for children, young people and staff, and provide inclusive learning environments.”
One of the flexibilities that the Bill provides for is the choice for schools to introduce a policy for new entrants to start them in a group at the beginning of each term.
“We know that some schools are already encouraging children to start as part of a cohort on set days during the year,” says Ms Kaye.
“These schools believe cohort entry enables them to support better transitions to school, simplifies school and classroom planning, and minimises disruption for existing students.
“Schools will need to consult with school staff, parents, and local early childhood services before introducing cohort entry. Parents will still have the option of not starting their child in school until their sixth birthday.”
Other key proposals include encouraging collaboration between education providers, improvements to the way the Government provides careers services, and changes to the statutory interventions framework so schools get quicker and more tailored help to get back on track.
“This Bill represents a once in a generation opportunity to create a student-centred, future-proofed education system that’s focussed on lifting the achievement of all young New Zealanders,” says Ms Kaye.
“This is an incredibly exciting time for children, parents and teachers. The possibilities this legislation opens up will ensure we have an education system that offers the very best to future generations.”
Once enacted, the Ministry of Education will work with the education sector on implementing the changes made through the Bill.
More information on the Bill is on the Ministry of Education’s website: https://education.govt.nz/ministry-of-education/legislation/the-education-update-amendment-bill/
Education Minister Nikki Kaye today attended a site blessing at Kelburn Normal School in Wellington to mark the start of an $8.5 million redevelopment project.
“Kelburn Normal School has a long history, being over 100 years old, so it was great to visit today to celebrate the start of an important new chapter in the school’s history,” says Ms Kaye.
“The work about to get underway will address a range of building and site issues, and create an exciting new learning environment for students,” says Ms Kaye.
Kelburn Normal School operates across a split site, and currently has buildings on either side of Kowhai Road.
“The redevelopment will unite all the school buildings on one site, with the opposite side of the road providing new outdoor activity areas,” says Ms Kaye.
“A new two-storey block to replace the school’s existing teaching block, which is past its use-by date, will be the major part of the project.
“The new teaching block will contain 13 flexible learning spaces. This means it will support different ways of learning, including independent and group learning.
“Other work will include the removal of a building with weathertightness issues, and strengthening of the school’s hall.
“The Government is committed to ensuring that students throughout New Zealand learn in environments that inspire and support them to achieve.
“The project at Kelburn Normal School is just one of a number that are planned or underway in the greater Wellington area.
“Since November 2015, we’ve announced around $117 million for redevelopments at schools including Aotea College, Wellington East Girls’ College, Thorndon School, Newtown School, Khandallah School, Ngaio School, Northland School, Churton Park School and Brooklyn School.
“In addition, almost $8 million has been announced for 24 additional classrooms to meet roll growth.
“This work is part of the largest ever investment in school infrastructure by a New Zealand Government, with more than $5 billion committed so far to upgrade and grow our schools.”
The redevelopment of Kelburn Normal School is expected to be completed in 2018.
New partnerships with Netball NZ and 24-7 Youthwork Trust will see $260,000 invested to create up to 800 new youth development opportunities, Youth Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.
“These opportunities are about inspiring and growing the next generation of leaders and also supporting them to give back to the community,” says Ms Kaye.
“The partnership with Netball NZ will see $152,000 invested in a pilot programme that will use sport as a vehicle to enhance health and wellbeing, and provide mentoring, leadership and volunteering opportunities for up to 500 young people.
“The pilot will involve secondary school students attending leadership workshops, then being given the opportunity to lead, manage or coach a secondary school junior netball team or volunteer at a netball centre.”
Netball Northern Zone will deliver the pilot, in partnership with secondary schools and netball centres. It will target Maori, Pasifika and other young people in the Mangere, Otahuhu, Manurewa, Howick, Pakuranga, Otara and Papakura areas of South Auckland.
“This is about giving more opportunities to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to receive mentoring or develop leadership skills, to help them develop skills and confidence to set them on a positive path,” says Ms Kaye.
“The partnership with 24-7 Youthwork Trust will see $108,000 invested to enable schools in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch to provide more mentoring and leadership opportunities for up to 300 young people.
“This funding will support a range of youth development opportunities, from individual and group mentoring to targeted leadership training. This includes supporting young people to organise and lead their own school events, such as festivals, and mobilise and coordinate other students to attend these.
“The investment builds on a previous investment I announced last August, which saw 24-7 Youthwork Trust supported to provide youth development opportunities at various schools across the South Island.
“I’m constantly amazed at how many talented and community-minded young people I meet in my job as Youth Minister.
“Often all it takes is one opportunity to experience volunteering, mentoring or leadership development to set young people off in a whole new direction.
“These new partnerships will enable more young New Zealanders to access these opportunities, and build the confidence they need to take their aspirations and skills to the next level.”
Both investments announced today are being made under the Partnership Fund, which sees the Government co-invest with business, philanthropic, iwi and other partners to grow youth development opportunities.
New partnerships announced so far this year have seen over $2.8 million invested to provide more than 6000 new youth development opportunities across New Zealand.
Funding details of today’s announcement
Netball NZ initiativeGovernment funding $85,000 Netball NZ and community funding $67,000
24-7 Youthwork TrustGovernment funding $27,000 Schools, churches and community groups $81,000
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Education Minister Nikki Kaye have today welcomed the released updated physical activity guidelines for children and young people aged five to 17.
“Children and young people are encouraged to live an active lifestyle. To sit less, move more and sleep well to support their healthy development,” says Dr Coleman.
“The guidelines include new sleep recommendations as well as updated advice on regular physical activity and reducing sitting time.
“They note the need for children and young people to do more vigorous-intensity activities and activities that strengthen muscles and bones like jumping and skipping at least three times a week.”
The new guidelines support the work being carried out under the Childhood Obesity Plan, which the Government released in October 2015.
“The previous guidelines for children and young people were published a decade ago and were in need of updating,” says Ms Kaye.
“We now know that good-quality sleep is associated with better emotional development and academic achievement. Although the majority of children and young people get the recommended amount of sleep, we know that up to one in four school age children and one in five teenagers don’t.
“In line with the weight management guidance released at the end of last year, these guidelines also recognise the importance of good-quality sleep for children and young people as an aspect of weight management.”
The updated advice for children and young people includes:Uninterrupted good-quality sleep of 9 to 11 hours per night (for those aged 5 to 13 years) and 8 to 10 hours per night (for those aged 14 to 17 years), with consistent bed and wake-up times. An accumulation of at least one hour per day of moderate to vigorous physical activity involving a variety of aerobic activities. Vigorous physical activities, and activities that strengthen muscle and bones should also be incorporated at least three days a week. No more than two hours per day of recreational screen time. Breaking up sitting time and participating in a variety of light physical activities for several hours.
The Sit Less, Move More, Sleep Well – Physical Activity Guidelines for Children and Young People is available on the Ministry of Health website, www.health.govt.nz/our-work/preventative-health-wellness/physical-activity
The updated guidelines are in line with the Canadian 24 hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth which was released in 2016 and are based on their systematic evidence reviews.
Fourteen finalists representing 10 early learning services, schools and kura have been chosen from 142 entries in the prestigious 2017 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards, Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.
“I want to congratulate all the finalists on getting this far,” says Ms Kaye.
“It’s a huge achievement meaning they have demonstrated excellence in education to the panel of education experts.”
This year’s finalists include a broad range of educators from early learning services, a kōhanga reo, primary, intermediate, and secondary schools from right across the country.
“I was particularly pleased to see that four finalists are part of Communities of Learning |Kāhui Ako in their region. Belonging to such a community fosters these schools’ ability to share their good practice,” says Ms Kaye.
“Each of the finalists has shown innovative and effective teaching practice. They demonstrate how important it is to work with students and the wider community to ensure every child succeeds, and for teachers to work together and base their decisions on evidence.
“Every finalist and their community should take pride in what they’re doing and know that they are great examples of innovation and excellence to others throughout New Zealand and internationally.
“It’s really important that we take time to recognise and celebrate the very best in education, and learn from the innovation taking place at every level right across the country.”
A judging panel made up of a range of outstanding New Zealanders will visit finalists during May and June to see them in action.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony celebrating the best in education on 27 June. Winners will receive a financial award and a professional development opportunity.
Notes to Editors
List of finalists
Excellence in Engaging
Horowhenua College, Levin
John Paul College, Rotorua
Manurewa Intermediate, South Auckland
Papamoa Kindergarten, Bay of Plenty
Excellence in Leading
Manurewa Intermediate, South Auckland
Te Kōhanga Reo ki Rotokawa, Rotorua
Waitakere College, West Auckland
William Colenso College, Napier
Excellence in Teaching & Learning
Halswell School, Christchurch
Invercargill Middle School, Invercargill
Waitakere College, West Auckland
William Colenso College, Napier
Excellence in Governing
Auckland Kindergarten Association
William Colenso College, Napier
Ten senior students will get the opportunity to join the 100th anniversary commemorations of the Battle of Passchendaele in Belgium later this year, as part of a competition for schools and kura, Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Maggie Barry announced today.
“The national competition, for senior students aged 16 to 19, has been organised by the Ministry of Education with partners and sponsors the Fields of Remembrance Trust and the Passchendaele Society,” says Ms Kaye.
“Entrants are asked to use digital technology to produce a curriculum resource for year 7 to 10 students about the Battle of Passchendaele.
“The winners will attend the National Commemoration Service on 12 October 2017, at the Tyne Cot Cemetery near Zonnebeke in West Flanders.
“This is an amazing opportunity for senior students to learn more about the Battle of Passchendaele, and to share their insights with younger students through the curriculum resources they develop.
“The competition is also a great example of the innovative ways that digital technologies are being used to transform teaching and learning in our classrooms.”
Ms Barry says the Battle of Passchendaele left a deep scar on our country, and is a significant part of our history.
“The battle saw one of our darkest days as a nation, with 846 of our soldiers losing their lives on 12 October 1917.
“It’s important we continue to commemorate all those who fought for our freedom and peace, and we provide opportunities for our young people to reflect on and honour their sacrifice.
“This will be the trip of a lifetime for the 10 winners, who will get the opportunity as I did two years ago to stand on the battlefield, visit the war cemeteries and understand the sacrifices made by their forebears.”
The competition runs from 8 May to 2 July 2017. Winners will be announced on 24 July 2017.
“This is a fantastic educational opportunity, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the innovative and creative resources that are developed as part of the competition,” says Ms Kaye.
More information is available on the Ministry of Education’s website at http://www.education.govt.nz/passchendaele
Education Minister Nikki Kaye was delighted to attend a sod turning ceremony this morning to mark the start of the redevelopment of Grey Lynn School in Auckland.
“This project is about modernising the school’s ageing facilities and also ensuring it has capacity to accommodate expected roll growth,” says Ms Kaye.
The investment of around $15 million will deliver 14 new teaching spaces, including six roll growth and eight replacement classrooms, as well as new library and administration facilities and a multi-purpose hall.
“A notable feature of the project will be the mix of two and three storey buildings,” says Ms Kaye.
“We need to be smart about how we respond to roll growth on constrained sites, which are more common in inner city areas.
“Building up can be a good option, as it ensures a balance is struck between accommodating growth and preserving valuable outdoor recreation space.”
“Grey Lynn is a dynamic, multicultural school that promotes acceptance, celebrates individual differences and fosters collaboration between students, parents and the community.
“Today is a significant milestone for the school and I know they’re looking forward to seeing these fantastic new facilities take shape to support their learning vision.
“It was satisfying to be at the sod turning this morning, having attended the official opening of the new 31-classroom teaching block at Koru School in Mangere last month.
“All over Auckland, there are projects planned, underway or being completed to upgrade and expand the city’s school infrastructure.
“So far this year, we’ve announced around $15 million for new classrooms at various Auckland schools, on top of $158 million for new classrooms announced in June and October last year.
“Since 2014, around $375 million has also been approved for major redevelopments at 18 Auckland schools, including Grey Lynn School.
“This is part of the greatest ever spend on school infrastructure by a New Zealand government, which to date has seen over $5 billion committed for new and upgraded classrooms since 2008.”
Grey Lynn School is one of 11 schools that are part of the Waiorea Community of Learning (CoL). CoLs are about increasing student achievement, through early education services, schools and tertiary providers working together to share expertise and lift the quality of teaching and learning.
The construction work at Grey Lynn School, which gets into full swing shortly, is expected to be completed by January 2019.
Education Minister Nikki Kaye will officially open two new modular classrooms at Henderson Valley School in West Auckland this morning.
She will also visit Peninsula Primary School in Te Atatu, to see the first of several new modular classrooms that have been delivered to the school.
“We’re steadily upgrading and replacing ageing school infrastructure across New Zealand, as well as building new classrooms in areas where there’s sustained, long-term population growth,” says Ms Kaye.
“The two new classrooms at Henderson Valley School replace ageing buildings reaching the end of their lifespan. The school celebrated its centenary in 2015, so the new classrooms will help ensure they’re well set up for their second century of serving the local community.
“A third modular building will be delivered later this month to provide new library facilities.
“Peninsula Primary School is receiving six new classrooms to provide additional capacity to meet roll growth.
“The first three of these classrooms have been delivered, and the other three will be in place later this month.
“Modular buildings, which meet standards of modern, permanent buildings but have greater flexibility, are constructed in an offsite factory.
“They can be installed more quickly than it would take to complete a traditional design and build project, so there’s less disruption to school activities. They’re also easy for schools to maintain and can be located all around the country, as they exceed minimum requirements to meet extreme environmental conditions such as high winds, coastal exposure and snow.
“Peninsula Primary School is one of many schools across Auckland serving communities with growing populations, and its new classrooms will accommodate another 100 students.
“It’s great to be delivering so many new classrooms for Auckland schools.
“Last month, I announced new classrooms for St Leonards Road School and I opened a new 31-classroom block at Koru School in Mangere.
“I also announced that the contract has been signed to deliver our third public private partnership. This includes two new Auckland schools that are scheduled to open in 2019, Kumeu/Huapai Primary and Flat Bush South East Primary School.
“This government has invested more in school infrastructure than any previous government, with over $5 billion committed for new and upgraded schools and classrooms since 2008.”
Peninsula Primary School is part of the Te Atatu Community of Learning/Kahui Ako, and Henderson Valley School is part of the Henderson Community of Learning/Kahui Ako.
Communities of Learning are about increasing student achievement, through early education services, schools and tertiary providers working together to share expertise and lift the quality of teaching and learning.
Former Hamilton Boys’ High School student Christopher Mayo was presented with the Prime Minister’s Award for Academic Excellence by Education Minister Nikki Kaye this morning, at the New Zealand Qualifications Authority’s annual Top Scholar Awards ceremony held at Parliament.
The Top Scholar awards recognise the top achieving students from the most recent New Zealand Scholarship examinations.
There are 46 awards for the 2016 academic year, including the Prime Minister’s Award; 10 Premier Awards, for the top 10 Scholarship students, and 35 Top Subject Scholar Awards, which recognise the highest achievements in individual subjects.
“The Prime Minister’s Award for Academic Excellence recognises the best overall achievement and is the highest accolade a student can aim for at secondary school, so Christopher’s success is something both he and his school can be incredibly proud of,” says Ms Kaye.
“At Hamilton Boys’ High, Christopher distinguished himself as a true academic leader by consistently achieving to a very high level, and excelling in a diverse range of subjects.
“He received a total of eight New Zealand Scholarships in 2016, and his achievements illustrate what can be attained through hard work and dedication, along with the guidance and support of school and whanau.
“I congratulate Christopher on his success, and I’m sure he will continue to be an outstanding example for our young people.”
Ms Kaye also presented Premier Awards to Christopher, as well as:Geoffrey Berntsen, Lindisfarne College Carlos Aguilera Cortes, Auckland Grammar School Yiannis Fam, Wellington College In Gyu (Lucas) Lee, Macleans College Sebastian On, Wellington College Kevin Shen, St Kentigern College Oliver Sutcliffe, Wellington College Yan (Tina) Zhang, Kristin School Yibin (Ben) Zhang, Macleans College.
Almost 7,500 students participated in New Zealand Scholarship examinations in 2016, with 2,355 students being awarded one or more scholarships.
More information about 2016 New Zealand Scholarship results is available on the NZQA website.