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Jun 11, 2024
Education

Mayor comes for Leadership Day

The Principal, Gary Veysi, had planned for the students to meet their regional leader, the Mayor and to hear from him a little about his life and work, and for him to meet the student leaders. The students and school staff had obviously been rehearsing and preparing for some time for this special day. Following the very formal time of greeting, the entire school and some parents and community neighbours gathered for the school assembly.

May 28, 2024
Education

Transforming educational experience at Tihoi Venture School

Area view of Tihoi, left, a wonderful place of adventure and challenge. As the first day unfolded, Jackson was assigned a cabin and met his roommates, easing his initial apprehension. He made his bed, unpacked his gear, decorated his cubicle with family photos, and explored the campus. He was about to embark on a unique educational experience at St Paul’s Collegiate School Tihoi Campus. The Tihoi Camp is an integral part of the educational journey for all Year 10 students at St Paul’s. For 45 years, Year 10 boys have spent two terms at the specialised camp, participating in a programme fo…

May 28, 2024
Education

School Principal ‘at home’ in Coroglen

Coroglen school students with their new Principal The Bosson family moved to the Bay in 2010. Karlos initially taught Year 9 at Mercury Bay Area School and helped to launch the Students Aviation Trust, a community school partnership focused on building light aircraft to introduce students to the aviation industry. “This was a fantastic initiative,” Karlos remarked. “Having been an Automotive Engineer before I transitioned into teaching, I was thrilled to contribute to this programme, which has gone from strength to strength.” In 2015, Karlos, his wife Vicky, and their children, Louis and …

May 28, 2024
Education

Whenuakite big plans for school environment

‘Mister V.’ Whenuakite School Principal Gary Veysi (right) with the Vision Map for the school, and some of the senior students whom he calls ‘future leaders’. Gari Veysi took up his new position at Whenuakite School on 30th April. The children call him ‘Mister V.’ For the past 10 years he has been the Principal at Mamaku School, Rotorua. His wife Angelina and family are currently still in Rotorua, where Angelina is also a teacher. Gary says while it was a wrench to leave Rotorua, he is looking forward to the new life with the Whenuakite community. “For years we have been visiting the Cor…

May 14, 2024
Education

World title champ, returns to his humble beginnings

He was Royce Lane back then. Fast forward half a century, and now he is widely known on the world Cue Sports Stage, as Rocky Lane, Cue Sports Icon and holder of two World Titles. Rocky was a pupil at the Whenuakite  School from 1954 to 1960. His father was a share milker on a farm near Hot Water Beach. Farm life as part of a family of seven children was a positive experience for Rocky. “It was rather like the Waltons,” (TV show), as Rocky describes it. Last Tuesday, accompanied by The Informer, Rocky was welcomed to this school by its new headmaster, Gary Veysi. It was a thrilling morning…

May 14, 2024
Education

Kiwis support university funding being contingent on academic freedom

This result is consistent with polling from last year, which showed 75% of Kiwis believe free speech is a ‘defining cultural value’, but a majority also believed that value is under threat, says Jonathan Ayling, Chief Executive of the Free Speech Union. “The Government’s policy to withdraw funding from universities that fail in their core duties to defend the rights of academics to academic freedom is not only necessary to restore free speech in New Zealand; it’s a policy a majority of Kiwis support. “Fewer than one in five Kiwis opposed the question, ‘Do you think government funding sh…

Apr 16, 2024
Education

Leadership and responsibility part of their daily life and work

Both Francie and Hugo are very conscious of this. The Informer spent time with the two  talking about their understanding of being a head student and also their views on Anzac Day. Both Francie and Hugo will be leading part of the Dawn Service at Soldiers Memorial Park, Whitianga on Anzac Day, reading out the names of the fallen from this district from World War One and Two. Francie: “I believe a head student needs to feel strong in who they are, with an understanding of their own values and the values of the school.

Apr 16, 2024
Education

A heart warming essay competition

The details for this competition came through The Informer with the weekly adverts about a particular seabird written by a different identity each week. This provided information and interest and brought about a flow of entries. It was intentionally not pushed through schools so as to not make it a compulsory or simply an academic exercise. It was to be a task and opportunity taken up by children voluntarily. We have been amazed at the knowledge and love that the children and young people of Coromandel Peninsula have of their sea birds. The fine work of the Southern Seabirds Co-ordinator…