Stuart Smith praises local schools for working together for kids

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Ten schools in the Kaikoura electorate are part of a group of thirteen schools forming the North Canterbury Area Schools Community of Learning.

“This means local kids in North Canterbury will benefit from shared teaching practices and expertise, with teachers working alongside each other on goals to help improve educational outcomes in the classroom,” Mr Smith said.

“I’m proud our schools realise that together they can achieve even more for our kids.”

“Across the country, 793 schools have now committed to working together to raise student achievement – this will impact on nearly 250,000 Kiwi kids.

“This is about a third of New Zealand students who will now benefit from their schools sharing expertise and resources,” Mr Smith said.

These school communities are funded through the Government’s $359 million Investing in Educational Success initiative.  Evidence shows quality of education and school leadership are the two most important factors in a child’s education, so the Government is supporting those areas.

“The communities will work together on challenges they identify for their children, such as maths, or science, or reading.

“This Government is focusing on improving performance in the schooling system to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed,” Mr Smith said.

The schools in the Kaikoura electorate that are part of the North Canterbury Area Schools Community of Learning are Amuri Area School, Cheviot Area School, Greta Valley School, Hanmer Springs School, Hurunui College, Omihi School, Rotherham School, Waiau School, Waikari School and Waipara School.

They make up this Community of Learning along with Akaroa Area School, in the Selwyn electorate, and Oxford Area School and Rangiora New Life School in the Rangiora electorate.