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Hunt on for
Puppy love: Invercargill man Braydn
Austin is still on the hunt for a puppy
snatcher, who stole a now 7-week-old
siberian husky puppy from a Waikiwi
backyard on July 29. Two puppies were
initially taken in a burglary on the
property, along with electrical appliances,
but one puppy was returned after being
found on a property in Bluff. Mr Austin
said the missing puppy was a brown-and-
white male and had distinctive electric-
blue eyes. A potential buyer was still
hopeful that the puppy would be found,
Mr Austin said. If anyone has information
about the missing puppy contact Mr
Austin on 027 814 2057.
PHOTO: JOHN HAWKINS
No surprise to schools
National education standards to be made public
Inevitable move: Waverley Park
School principal and Invercargill
Primary Principals' Association
president Kerry Hawkins says the
publishing of National Standards
results was inevitable.
Photo: FRANCES WILKINSON
What do you think about the
move to publish schools'
national standards results on
the Education Ministry's
Is it a good idea?
Will it help you decide which
school to send your children
Are you worried it could have
detrimental affects on your
children's studies and
keenness to learn?
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (write
STANDARDS in subject line).
By FRANCES WILKINSON
Calling the shots: Education
Minister Hekia Parata announced
National Standard results would be
made public on the ministry's
website in September.
There is an ''air of resignation''
among Invercargill Primary
School principals in reaction to
national standard results being
That is the view of Invercargill
Primary Principals' Associ-
ation president Kerry Hawkins
after the announcement by
Education Minister Hekia
Parata that schools' literacy
and numeracy achievement
levels would be published on
the ministry's website next
Mr Hawkins, who is also
principal of Waverley Park
School, has openly opposed
national standards for reading,
maths and writing since its
introduction in 2010, and said
the ministry's move to publish
schools' results was inevitable.
''I just think people have got
sick of fighting,'' he said.
''They know what's right and
they know what's good for kids
but nobody's listening.
''Education has become a
There were four levels for
which a child would be graded
on their academic perform-
ance, including --- well below,
below, at, and above average
National Standards --- but Mr
Hawkins said he was unsure
how the data would be pres-
ented on the website.
Mr Hawkins said he did not
mind explaining to parents that
their child was performing
below average in a subject, but
telling them their child was
well below average was too far
and demoralising for a child.
He was also concerned about
the impact it could have on
small schools in New Zealand,
with tiny rolls.
''What happens when you have
two year fives in a small
school? It's going to be pretty
obvious who those kids are.
Their privacy is gone,'' Mr
It was possible that parents
would look at the website to
help them determine which
school their child should attend
but Mr Hawkins said he hoped
''good old Southland common-
sense will prevail'' when par-
ents made that decision.
It was hard to imagine any good
that would come out of the
published data but it could
motivate some teachers to
make a bigger effort than they
had in the past, he said.
Specsavers stores are fixing, cleaning and
checking pairs of glasses for a gold coin
donation until August 31.
Money raised from the checks will go to The
Fred Hollows Foundation, which works in the
Pacific giving cataract surgery to restore
sight to the blind.
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