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not above board
Standards alone not the full story
By ELYSIA TILBROOK
The release of national edu-
cation standards data is unfair
to students and schools, accord-
ing to local primary school
Gore and Districts Principals'
Association president Bronwyn
McCall said principals in the
area shared this view after the
announcement that the literacy
and numeracy achievement
levels of schools would be
published on the Department of
Education's website next
Miss McCall said the reaction
from principals was that the
data would label schools in a
way which is potentially invalid
and unfair. She said if parents
wanted to see more accurate
results then they should visit
the schools to see the results for
''As a school we are not afraid to
be accountable. Most schools
have informed their communi-
ties that the results are not
neccessarily a fair reflection,''
Miss McCall said.
Students have had to sit tests for
literacy and numeracy since
2010 but next month the results
will be published on the
department's website for the
first time, making the results
available to the public.
Longford Intermediate principal
Shona Hewlett agreed the res-
ults did not give a fair picture of
how a school was going.
''I hope parents see there is
more to a school then just the
national standards results,'' she
''What defines a school is
opportunities, culture and the
quality of teaching.''
Ms Hewlett believed a rate of
progress of students would be
more beneficial to be published.
''That is more important to
determine the standards of
achievment,'' she said.
Ms Hewlett said the national
standards data had to include
ORS students, which are stu-
dents with learning difficulties
or disabilities, so the results did
not give an accurate indication
of the overall students.
Glenham School principal Cathi
Knowles said the national
standard results affected her
school differently because the
school was so small.
Any information released could
not identify students, so Ms
Knowles could ammend the
information to make sure none
of her students were identified,
particularly if there is only one
or two students in a year group.
''But I like to think parents
understand how their students
are going,'' she said
Troublemakers in for a
grilling at McDonald's
Police are being called to McDon-
ald's every weekend to deal with
drunk troublemakers ''with noth-
ing else to do''.
Franchisee Simon Rhind said he
was concerned with the number of
callouts to the restaurant every
''It is young ones with nothing else
to do that want to extend their
night,'' Mr Rhind said.
''I have had conversations with
the police about it, it is mostly
drunken and disorderly behav-
''It is a concern that there are a lot
of callouts but staff make sure
they are cautious and vigilant and
address issues before they become
Mr Rhind said he did not want to
be forced to close the restaurant
late at night and just have the
drive-through window open for
Pedestrians would have to share
space with cars, which was a
hazard, he said.
Sergeant Ian Temple said police
were regularly called to McDon-
alds, predominantly for anti-social
behaviour and drunkenness.
He said enough problems occur-
ring at the restaurant to consider
policing it more, in terms of
enforcing liquor bans.
Reunited: Talented young violinist Hilary Hayes, cellist Edward King and, front, pianist
Maria Mo make up the Leonari Trio.
Leonari Trio back
after two years
A trio of talented New Zealand
musicians have combined to make
up the Leonari Trio, which will
perform in Gore next weekend.
Violinist Hilary Hayes, cellist
Edward King and pianist Maria Mo
make up the Leonari Trio, which
won the Pettman/ROSL ARTS
International Scholarship for a NZ
chamber ensemble in 2009.
The trio did a tour of the UK in 2010
where they played sold-out concerts
in major venues, including St
Martin-in-the-Fields and St James
They also performed at the Budleigh
Salterton and Edinburgh Fringe
The Leonari Trio was formed
at the University of Waikato in
Tutored predominantly by the NZ
chamber soloists, they have played
concerts around the country and are
regularly broadcast on concert
The performance in Gore is called
Elegies from Russia, featuring
Russian greats Rachmaninov and
Ms Mo said it was exciting to meet
up as a group again after two years
of being apart.
The Leonari Trio will perform at
James Cumming Wing on Saturday,
September 1 at 3.30pm.
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