Principal to study students
He is on a mission to research into students who celebrate their birthday in March, April, May and June as they ‘‘fall into a grey area’’ in the New Zealand school system.
Te Waotu School principal Bruce Darroch has been awarded a sabbatical and will undertake research into students whose birthday is in either of those four months.
‘‘These students fall into a grey area in the New Zealand school system when they reach the end of their time in the junior school,’’ Mr Darroch said. ‘‘It inevitably is an area of controversy often between school and parents and even between schools.
‘‘ Schools are faced with the dilemma or policy decision around whether to give the children that fall into this category extra time in the juniors or move them into year 3.’’ Mr Darroch said moving them forward made them very young in relation to their cohorts and the effects of this were often felt when they reached secondary school and even early university.
‘‘I am interested to see how different primary schools handle this matter (do they promote or do they give extra time in the foundation years) and also the effects both social and academic in advancing a child at that age.’’
He will spend time in schools including Wellington, Palmerston North and Hawke’s Bay to conduct the research.