Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

As our teach­ers plan to bail out of the class­room this week to meet and dis­cuss the con­tro­ver­sial ‘‘bulk fund­ing’’ pro­posal they say will re­sult in fewer teach­ers and big­ger class sizes, I find my­self re­flect­ing on the op­por­tu­ni­ties our stu­dents have.

They get to meet with some pretty amaz­ing peo­ple - Steven Adams, Wil­lie Api­ata and John Key have been in our schools in the last cou­ple of weeks.

They get to an in­cred­i­ble num­ber of sport­ing events and school ski pro­grammes, which are the envy of many.

There are cul­tural dis­plays to par­tic­i­pate in - the Win­ter 10s Kapa Haka com­pe­ti­tion and Polyfest re­cently.

And they have great aca­demic op­por­tu­ni­ties - for ex­am­ple the Cat­a­lyst Trust or­gan­ised week of in­ter­ac­tive sci­ence in Queen­stown.

The teach­ers drive these. If they are con­cerned about the Gov­ern­ment’s new fund­ing pro­posal we should be too.

– Deb­bie Jamieson

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