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More than 200 teaching staff from nine
secondary schools around Southland
gathered in Lumsden on Friday for a
collaborative jumbo day.
The aim of the day was to facilitate the
sharing of ideas between teachers of the
same subjects at different schools, as well
as to explore the Ministry of Education’s
Youth Guarantee programme.
Three representatives from the Ministry
also attended, and shared their advice on
Youth Guarantee, which was introduced last
year with the aim of increasing NCEA Level
2 achievement and providing vocational
pathways to 16 and 17-year-old students.
Gore High School rector John McKinlay
was an organising force in the jumbo day
and said he was inspired by educational
researcher Cathy Wylie’s book Vital
Connections, discussing the collaborative
school culture that was lost with the
nationwide Tomorrow’s Schools reforms of
“There was a lot of connections going on
and it was one of the wonderful parts of our
system in those days,” Mr McKinlay said.
“In order for us to improve in this system we
need to gain some of that ground back.”
While teacher-only days were common, they
usually came top-down from the ministry,
and this one differed by coming from within,
“It’s about encouraging collaborative
cultures within schools, across schools,
It was also the first instance of Ministry staff
delivering the Youth Guarantee framework
directly to teaching staff, rather than middle
management, Mr McKinlay said.
“[Youth Guarantee is] about getting kids
through school and into a useful career and
not dropping off the page,” he said.
“There’s more people in the 16-25 age
group that are out of work, and that’s a
NCEA Level 2 attainment was a critical first
step, without which students were unable
to progress to apprenticeships or diploma
courses, Mr McKinlay said.
Aside from Youth Guarantee,
the jumbo day provided teachers with a
forum for sharing ideas on curriculum
design and contextualised learning,
with no set agenda in time slots to allow
unstructured discussion, he said.
“Often those are the best sessions we have.
You go away thinking ‘I’m not on my own
here, I’m part of a system, I’m part of a
Ministry of Education Youth Guarantee
national chief advisor Rawiri Gibson said
he had not seen more innovative schools
than in Southland.
“We have been aware of the efforts you
have made as a community of schools
across a large area to work collaboratively
already,” he said.
“Maybe that’s because rural areas have
had to think differently about how they
Gore District Mayor Tracy Hicks said it was
becoming obvious that the government had
a real desire to encourage collaboration
of people and organisations within
“It’s really been brought home to me over
the last three years that I’ve been involved
in the Social Sector Trial that’s been going
on in Gore.”
Since 2011, Gore had been one of six areas
around New Zealand to test a new model
of inter-agency cooperation involving the
Ministries of Education, Health, Justice, and
Social Development, and the New Zealand
“The traditional model of running out
funding into government departments and
agencies is going to change,” Mr Hicks said.
“In many ways the Tomorrow’s Schools
approach does encourage competition
rather than collaboration.”
Southland school teachers side by side
A crowd of more than 200 secondary teaching faculty is addressed by Ministry of Education Youth
Guarantee southern chief advisor John Hogue at Northern Southland College on Friday.
By Brendan McBryde
A public memorial service will be held in
Te Anau next week for Fiordland identity
Murray Gunn who died last week in
Mr Gunn took over the running of Gunn’s
Camp in the Hollyford Valley following the
death of his father Davey, also a local
legend, in 1955.
Murray was a character in his own right.
He loved sharing the camp with visitors
and was known for his forthright words
and devilish sense of humour. Walls in
the camp common room are adorned with
tall tales and photographs attesting to his
character. These include photographs of his
horse Jane, which he painted with the word
“horse” on one side and “cow” on the other
– o stensibly to alert hunters to the fact she
was not a deer.
Following ill health Murray established the
Hollyford Museum Charitable Trust but it
played more of a background role after
he recovered and continued to manage
the camp and its associated historical
memorabilia in his own unique way. A fall
and complications arising from a broken
hip in 2005 saw the trustees swing into
action, while good friends handled the day
to day hosting of visitors. He was unable
to return there fulltime and ever since the
camp has been run by the trust which has a
lease over the camp from the Department
of Conservation, although Mr Gunn
maintained a keen interest.
Trust chairman Ron Peacock said Mr Gunn
would be remembered for doing things his
“He had a very low tolerance for
bureaucracy,” he said. “When GST came
out he told Inland Revenue there was no
GST down the Hollyford.”
When they threatened to seize his bank
account he simply emptied it and operated
Trust secretary Colin Pemberton said in the
past few days he’d been asked for words
that best described Mr Gunn, but he said
most words were not printable.
“He was described as a multitude of things
but at the end of the day he was very giving
of himself and his time and his camp. He
just loved having people there, especially
A service for Murray Gunn will be held at
the Real Journeys Fiordland Event Centre at
10am on Saturday, June 14. Following the
service members of the public are invited
to travel to Gunn’s Camp to look over Mr
Gunn’s legacy and reminisce and share
memories over a cuppa from 1pm. At 2pm a
memorial will be unveiled at the camp.
A record-breaking performance from Gail
Kirkman earned her The Radio Network
Masters Achievement of the Year at the
60th ILT Southland Sports Awards at the
Ascot Park Hotel on Friday.
The Te Anau-based athlete won two world
titles at the World Masters Athletics
Championships in Brazil in October last
year, won one silver medal and broke five
New Zealand records.
She said it was really nice to get the award
for Fiordland and recognition for the club.
“We’re a very small club but we achieve
pretty highly, so if I can be an inspiration
to young people who see that people from
a small club can do well on a world stage,
then that’s great.”
Her fellow nominees were a squash player
who represented New Zealand and a cyclist
who had also been competing at a world
championship, and won the award last year,
Mrs Kirkman said.
“Because it would be so difficult to look at a
whole year of achievements, they just base
it on one event, and for me that was the
masters in Brazil.”
The whole Fiordland club, especially Dwight
Grieve, was due thanks for contributing
back into it and gotten the chance to get to
Brazil if it wasn’t for him.”
Training in Fiordland had many benefits
including giving athletes a mental
toughness, particularly during the winter
months, Mrs Kirkman said.
“You will appreciate most of the athletes in
the world are in the northern hemisphere. I
was out there hurdling in the snow.”
Sport Southland chief executive Brendon
McDermott said the ILT Southland
Sports Awards marked what had been an
outstanding year in Southland sport.
“The quality of the winners and of the
finalists this year was quite simply brilliant
and their achievements should make all of
us very proud to be Southlanders,” he said.
Record performance recognised with award
By Brendan McBryde
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