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1 day ago

truant speech

Paul from Pukete

Fraser High School principal Virginia Crawford angers with truant speech




The principal of a large secondary school has taken a 'tough love' approach to truancy - telling students who cut class they are highly likely to go to prison, be illiterate or be a rape or suicide victim.
The speech yesterday by Hamilton's Fraser High School principal Virginia Crawford was secretly recorded by a student and was uploaded to video sharing site YouTube at 8pm. It already had 7000 views this morning.
It has drawn the ire of students and parents on social media with many condemning the speech as demotivating and stereotyping.
"Any student that walks out the gate to truant is already the statistic of the worse kind," Crawford said during the speech given at school assembly.
"Highly likely to go to prison, either commit domestic violence or be a victim of domestic violence, be illiterate, be a rape victim, be a suicide victim, be unemployed for the majority of their life, have a major health problem, die at an early age, have an addiction, gambling, drugs or smoking."
Crawford told the students truants wouldn't survive outside of Hamilton and pretended they were "a big person" in Nawton, Dinsdale or Western Heights.
"When I drive out of school during class time for meetings, and I see groups of students sitting outside the dairy, fish and chip shop, bus stop, some of the things I am thinking is that is another group of students without a future.
"That is another student who will end up as a statistic, that's another loser, that's another wannabe. Another student desperate for friendship, another we've lost."
She urged students to put in the effort at school to make a better life for themselves.
"You and I know the only way to fix this is to do the mahi now, to do the work now. School is not easy, but it is a lot easier than having no hope and being cast aside without any worthwhile future."



Hamilton's Fraser High School, where the principal gave a speech about truancy that has angered some parents.

One parent commented on the post calling the speech "disturbing" and said they would pull their daughter out of Fraser High School until Crawford was replaced.
"Yes she's had days off school, and there's been a time I've forgotten to call... But when you say such things like this," Mardonmac wrote.
"You have failed my daughter as an educator, you have failed the system. My daughter hasn't failed as a student and I haven't failed as a parent.
"This revolting, tormenting speech has only proven that you madam principal are the failure in this matter. Disgusting inappropriate accusations."
Jenna Smith said the speech was full of shame and condemnation.
"I think her motive might have been genuine - but her method was terrible... If you really want people to succeed you need to inspire and build a platform for them - not predict their horrible future.
"Basically everyone in this hall who has been truant has just heard that they are a wannabe loser with no hope of a positive future.
"Unfortunately I don't think this speech will turn them around... and this lady has presumed the reasons for every child's truancy is cookie cutter 'I'm too cool for school' reasons when they are not."
But Madison Ross wrote: "She's trying to encourage kids to do their best. When you're a teacher and you see students not fulfilling their potential and/or making poor decisions it's disheartening and you want the best for the students.
"At least she's trying to encourage them to make good choices rather than giving up on them completely, which a lot of teachers do when they've exhausted every option."
Once the largest secondary schools in the Waikato, Fraser High School is no stranger to controversy.
In 2011 its former principal Martin Elliott was convicted of two charges of taking or obtaining a document for pecuniary advantage after he used school money to pay for alterations to his beach house and then tried to hide the fraud.
Elliott had also taken a hardline approach during his 12 years at the school, instigating Saturday classes for failing students, banning cellphones in class to stop text bullying, allowing parents to do chores around the school to pay their children's fees and starting a creche for teenage mothers.
Elliott faced criticism for arranging for three students who admitted burning down the school's gym to speak at an assembly, and allowing condoms with ball tickets.
When he resigned in 2009 following an investigation into financial mismanagement of taxpayer funding, Crawford became acting principal and later principal.
The decile four school's roll has dropped in recent years from 1657 to 1496 at February this year.
In the past four years, nine students have been excluded from the school for verbal or physical assaults on teachers.
In total there had been 24 verbal assaults on staff including 15 by boys and nine by girls. Seven students were excluded over them.
According to figures released to the Herald under the Official Information Act, there were four physical assaults on teachers, two by boys and two by girls. Two were excluded by the board of trustees.
The Herald has approached Crawford for comment on the speech.

1 day ago

The paedophile at Pukete Neighbourhood House: some saleint pionts

Paul from Pukete

The paedophile at Pukete Neighbourhood House: Fears raised 10 years ago
A staff member at a Hamilton childcare centre jailed for molesting a girl there was previously queried by police over an earlier alleged incident involving children enrolled at the facility.
Gregory William Van de Worp, 34, was sentenced to 16 months and two weeks in prison in July after earlier pleading guilty to a single charge of indecent assault on a child.
That charge was laid by police in response to an incident earlier this year involving a girl aged under 12, who Van de Worp assaulted in a room at Pukete Neighbourhood House.
Pukete Neighbourhood House is based in a building known as the Sportsdrome.
But it has been revealed it was not the first time Van de Worp had drawn the scrutiny of the police over his behaviour with children.
In response to a complaint made some two years ago, they investigated his activities at the centre but opted not to lay charges at that time.
And Van de Worp was also the subject of concerns raised by a parent 10 years ago, alarmed by apparent "grooming" behaviour he exhibited towards a young girl attending the centre at that time.

Jane Wood, the manager of Pukete Neighbourhood House, confirmed Greg Van de Worp had been the subject of a previous complaint to police.
It has also been revealed that Pukete Neighbourhood House is currently undergoing government scrutiny that could potentially revoke its accreditation to provide child-caring services.
Centre manager Jane Wood confirmed Van de Worp had been the subject of a previous police investigation. Van de Worp was also subject to an internal investigation, and conditions including monitoring of his conduct were put in place.
It is understood one of the conditions was for Van de Worp not to have contact with children - however Wood declined to confirm this.
Hamilton police said they would not confirm whether any individual was, or had been, under police investigation.
The woman who raised her fears with Wood a decade ago says she found it a frustrating and unsettling experience.
"I went to management 10 years ago with the same complaint and I was made to feel like the criminal," the woman said. "They dismissed my ill feeling about this man and said they entrusted him implicitly. Nothing was done about it.
"Our daughter was five at the time and she came home saying he was really nice to her and another little girl at the after school care. Our two girls were friends and he bought her little friend a gift - a jewellery box. That's when I became concerned and raised them with the centre manager.
"I walked out feeling very ashamed, as she made out I was making something out of nothing. We pulled our daughter out immediately after this.
"I didn't at the time think of going to the police. For one, I had no proof, only had my gut feeling and the way I felt incredibly uneasy around him, and two, Jane made me feel like I was imagining it.
"I am saddened and angry by the news and wish I could have saved that little girl ... and I wish my concerns had been at least documented and taken down an appropriate channel."
Wood told Stuff she had no recollection of receiving any complaint about Van de Worp 10 years ago, and no record had been kept of it.
Van de Worp had worked at the centre for 13 years before the incident earlier this year.
She confirmed that when he was caught by a colleague molesting the girl in that incident, it had been the staff member who had contacted the police, not herself.
"Our staff member reported the incident to Police after first reporting it to senior staff. We immediately initiated our own internal procedures when she alerted staff."
Meanwhile, the mother of the girl Van de Worp assaulted earlier this year said even though she was satisfied with the outcome of the court case against him, an apparent dismissive attitude by PNH management had added insult to injury, she said.
"They have never asked how we are. They have never cared about my daughter."
In response to Stuff inquiries, Barry Fisk, the general manager of social services accreditation at the Ministry of Social Development confirmed an investigation into Pukete Neighbourhood House had been under way for some time.
However the conclusions of that investigation have to be a secret.
"As Pukete Neighbourhood House is an accredited Level 3 OSCAR (Out of School Care and Recreation) provider, there are certain accreditation standards they must meet to gain and retain their status," Fisk said.
"As part of this we look at things like their general service delivery, enrolment and supervision practices, safety and wellbeing procedures, and what written policies are available to staff, parents and guardians."
An on-site assessment of Pukete Neighbourhood House had been completed last week.
"Our assessors are compiling a report but ... this may take some time. The findings of the report will not be made publicly available."
Stuff has lodged a request to obtain the report under the Official Information Act.
AS WILL I AND WILL PUBLISE IT HERE
Wood said she and others at the centre had fully co-operated with the centre investigation.
"We would welcome any advice from the ministry. Everyone wants to make sure nothing like this ever happens again."

How many chances do paedophiles get

Strike one : ""two years ago was investigated"
Why was he allowed to remain
Why weren't the parents informed
What are the protocols under the accreditation charter under " safety and wellbeing procedures, "

Strike two : ""the subject of concerns raised by a parent 10 years ago, alarmed by apparent "grooming" behaviour he exhibited"
Why again was he allowed to remain

Strike three "Jane made me feel like I was imagining it".

alarming behaviour showing no concern for the wee one under her care

Strike four Wood told Stuff she had no recollection of receiving any complaint about Van de Worp 10 years ago, and no record had been kept of it.

wtf surely record collecting/taking would be mandatory

Strike five "" Pukete Neighbourhood House is currently undergoing government scrutiny that could potentially revoke its accreditation to provide child-caring services.
""

Are the parents aware so they can make other arrangements for their children

What happens if the accreditation is revoked mid term 100 kids with no were to go


Strike six it had been the staff member who had contacted the police, not herself

.
perhaps the staff member realised that management would do bugger all not act responsibly or in the children's best interest

Strike seven ""an apparent dismissive attitude by PNH management had added insult to injury, she said"".

Strike eight Ministry of Social Development confirmed an investigation into Pukete Neighbourhood House had been under way for some time.
However the conclusions of that investigation have to be a secret.

Why Secret
Why are parents excluded
Why when its the children that are at most risk

Strike nine An on-site assessment of Pukete Neighbourhood House had been completed last week.

Strike ten "Our assessors are compiling a report but ... this may take some time. The findings of the report will not be made publicly available."






Strike eleven

Wood said she and others at the centre had fully co-operated with the centre investigation.
"We would welcome any advice from the ministry. Everyone wants to make sure nothing like this ever happens again."

This statement takes the cake for sheer effrontery PAST ACTIONs BELIE THE WORDS SPOKEN


but hey parents they are your kids you have every right to place them in what ever facility you chose


me personally PNH should be renamed to PEDO,S PARADISE


But that's just my opinion


BUT THEY ARE YOUR CHILDREN

1 day ago

Another win for maoridom

Paul from Pukete

Court finds jail term discount for deprivation, Māori background was fair
The appeal was heard in the High Court at Auckland last month.
The High Court has upheld a judge's decision to discount an offender's jail sentence by a third because of her Māori cultural background and deprivation, despite opposition from the Solicitor-General.
The discount was given to Rachael Heta by Judge Soana Moala after she pleaded guilty to two charges of causing grievous bodily harm and one of common assault earlier this year.
Heta had stabbed her partner four times in his chest and armpit as he lay in bed. His lung was punctured and spent a fortnight in hospital.
Judge Moala set a start point of six years and three eight months jail.
She gave Heta a 30 per cent discount for personal circumstances included in a 'Section 27' cultural report that covered Heta's background - that was on top of a 10 per cent discount for participating in a restorative justice process and a 25 per cent discount for her early guilty plea.
The end result was a jail term of three years and two months.
The Solicitor-General appealed the sentence, arguing that while a 30 per cent may be warranted "because of the need to recognise Māori post-colonial experience" and to meet Parliament's intention underlying the principle of cultural reports, the discount of 30 per cent was too high.
The appeal was heard by Justice Christian Whata at the High Court in Auckland late last month.
Lawyer for the Solicitor-General, Mark Lillico cited case law that stated "cultural norms cannot excuse [violence] for some groups but not for others," and said any discount based on the cultural report must be in line with those given in other cases.
"An increased award to recognise the position of Māori is precluded by current Court of Appeal authority," he said, adding that the highest discount available for social deprivation was "in the order of 10 per cent".
In a decision released on Wednesday, Justice Whata traversed the cultural report, completed by Khylee Quince, a barrister and solicitor of the High Court and a senior lecturer in law.
He said Heta was a mother of four. Her background was characterised by alcohol abuse, parental absenteeism and violence. Her schooling was intermittent, she was sickness beneficiary with no qualifications, had been a heavy drinker from age 10 and her personal relationships had been violent leaving her with several prominent scars.
The judge noted the disproportionate number of Māori imprisoned and said the effects of colonisation were well-documented.
He said there was "no express requirement to have regard to systemic Māori deprivation in sentencing", and the case law cited by Lillico contained nothing to suggest the court "was laying down a general rule about discounts for personal background factors".
Justice Whata said there was nothing to suggest discounts for matters contained in a cultural report had to be capped at 20 per cent, and it was up to the sentencing judge to consider the factors of each case.
He noted that Heta's victim had forgiven her during a restorative justice process.
He found Judge Moala had not erred and that the sentence was not manifestly inadequate. The appeal was dismissed.
Stuff