Wairarapa News : January 25th 2012
25 WAIRARAPA NEWS, JANUARY 25, 2012 EDUCATION HAVING A BABY at any age is a major life readjustment, but when you're in your teens it can seem like the most daunting prospect in the world. Free transport available daily ALL OF MASTERTON AREA FEATHERSTON - MASTERTON The provision of transport is essential for the young mothers and their children. There are two vans which complete a door to door pick up service. Are you under 19 years old, pregnant or have a baby? Did you nish school? Would you like to come back to school and learn? WAIRARAPA T.P.U. could be for you. Come along and check us out. Phone (06) 377-3491 // Cell: 027-310-7319 // And ask for Rae McKenzie The Wairarapa Teen Parent Unit is a school where teen parents or expectant mothers, 19yrs or younger, can continue their education, • The unit is open 9am-3pm (School Terms) Starting date 1 February 2012 • It is based on the grounds of Makoura College • Students must be in their 19th year or under to be eligible to enrol. They can then stay at TPU until their goals are completed. • The T.P.U is a warm caring environment for the teen parents and their children. Mothers can work with their infants alongside. • Students are supported to achieve their educational goals • Students have an individual education plan at their level and pace • Essential life skills are taught including driver training and testing. • Study is mostly by Correspondence with teacher support. • There are 6 qualified teachers working in the unit. • We have two mini vans for transport. One van covers the Masterton environ and the other travels from South Wairarapa daily. • Lunch is provided every day. • All support services have access to the unit -- Plunket, Family Start, Paft. • Children attend the Makoura Community Early Childhood Centre next door after the age of 3 months. • Course and childcare costs are usually covered by WINZ. 4220754AA Expand your mind Learn new skills Have fun and meet new people TERM 1 Classes start soon For Wairarapa College, Literacy Wairarapa and South Wairarapa Adult Learning Centre. See the website for details: www.waicolcomed.co.nz Classes are held Mon, Tue and Wed evenings from 7-9 pm or occasionally during a weekend. Fees are kept to an absolute minimum so that everyone has the opportunity to take part in whichever class they wish. Contact Rex Fowler Answer Ph: (06) 370 0410, Email: email@example.com WAIRARAPA COLLEGE CONTINUING EDUCATION 2012 CLASSES 4306736AA Distance courses to promote sciences THE OPEN POLYTECHNIC is New Zealand's specialist provider of distance learning and one of the largest polytechnics in the country. Each year the Open Polytechnic enrols around 29,000 mainly adult learners who are fitting their studies in around work and other commitments to upskill themselves for current or future careers. Open Polytechnic chief executive Dr Caroline Seelig says the new qualifications will help the Government achieve their goal of increasing engagement in the sciences in the classroom. New graduate qualifications offered by distance learning at the Open Polytechnic will give pri- mary school teachers the skills to inspire chil- dren to engage in the world of science. The graduate certificate in primary science teaching (curriculum) and the graduate diploma in primary science teaching are now open for enrolment for trimester 1, 2012 for practising teachers. The graduate certificate in primary teaching (leadership) will open for enrolment in trimester 2 later this year. Primary school teachers who have the ability to confidently and enthusiastically share their knowledge of the sciences with their young students are in big demand as part of the Government's commitment to increase the focus on science teaching in the classroom,'' says Open Polytechnic chief executive Dr Caroline Seelig. The younger we can engage and inspire chil- dren to investigate the world of science, the more likely we are to see more New Zealanders choosing science as their future careers,'' she says. The Open Polytechnic consulted key science leaders when developing the qualifications including the Royal Society, the New Zealand Society of Science Educators, as well as the New Zealand Teachers Council. All of the courses are taught by distance learn- ing, meaning teachers can fit their learning around their other commitments. The courses are delivered online and make extensive use of video and online quizzes to reinforce key learning materials. . Enviroschools anniversary is milestone The 10-year anniversary of the Enviroschools Foundation is a milestone worth celebrating, says Associate Education Minister and Maori Party co-leader Dr Pita Sharples. Speaking at a function in Ham- ilton last week, Dr Sharples congratulated the foundation, and all its support partners, for their work. There are 19 schools in Waira- rapa involved in the enviroschools network. The idea that our relationships with the natural environment guide our attitudes and behav- iour, and frame the way we edu- cate our children, is a very Maori perspective -- one we share with indigenous peoples around the world,'' said Dr Sharples. Dr Sharples said a Maori world view means environmental con- sciousness influences everything we do''. So the environment is not out there', an issue' that we can choose to engage in or not. It is part of us, and part of our families, and we are part of the environment,'' he said. Dr Shar- ples said he saw the philosophy of enviroschools aligning closely with that of kura kaupapa Maori, and the two supported each other strongly. And as co-leader of the Maori Party, I can say we have strongly supported enviroschools. We had some rather heavy and, I am pleased to say, success- ful negotiations over the Emis- sions Trading Scheme and the Budget with our partners in the last government. The result is that we were able to restore funding for enviro- schools.'' Dr Sharples said the Maori Party's support was carried over into its election policy, and con- firmed in the new confidence and supply agreement with the National Party. The result is that the new Gov- ernment has agreed with our advocacy to reinstate government funding to enviroschools and kura taiao'. So we look forward to this work continuing,'' he said.
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