Angela Roberts really is very funny, and that is funny strange, not funny haha

Angela Roberts is upset, as usual, about Charter schools.

Post Primary Teachers’ Association president Angela Roberts said it was frustrating to see charter schools growing when they offered little that was different to regular state schools.

“They’re not doing anything particularly innovative,” she said.

“We have service academies, which provide that access to the military training. We have cross-curricular … studies happening in schools around the place and we have really culturally responsive schools that have immersion classes for Pasifika and Maori kids, so I haven’t seen anything too new.”

Ms Roberts said parents were being attracted to the charter schools by the small classes they were able to offer thanks to their small scale.

So, she won’t visit the schools but watching from afar she says “nothing [innovative] to see here”.

Last year the complaint was that the Charter Schools rolls were too low. Now she complains they are too high.

The organisation award for utter stupidity in the face of reality?goes to the PPTA.

Well done to a growing group of families making a great choice for their kids. ?

Last year, about 360 students attended the first five schools, and most had fewer students than the government was funding them for.

This year, those five schools, which the government calls partnership schools, already have more than 440 students and four new schools are opening as well.

Vanguard Military School is now the largest of the charter schools with 144 students enrolled, up from last year’s starting roll of 108.

The school’s chief executive Nick Hyde said the school had been fully subscribed since December, with families attracted in part by its strong NCEA pass rates.

“Academically people are saying it’s a strong school, but they see the kids in their uniform, the pride, the manners, the behaviour that comes from our students and the model that we use.

“They’ve see them in the community marching at things like Anzac Day or presenting at the under-20 world cup and I guess people look at that saying ‘that’s a school I’d be happy to send my kid to’.”

Mr Hyde said the school was likely to lose some students during the year but that was because they were getting their NCEA certificates and moving on to jobs or apprenticeships.

In Whangarei, He Puna Marama Trust’s secondary school says it has already met its minimum government-funded roll of 70, up from about 56 last year.

This year, it also has a primary school, Te Kapehu Whetu, with 34 enrolments so far.

The schools’ executive director of learning Nathan Matthews was confident the primary school would reach its guaranteed minimum funded roll of 60 children this year.


Other schools to report growth include the Rise Up Academy in South Auckland, which had 47 students last year, and now has 72 with a further 11 children signed up to start once they turn five.

The South Auckland Middle School is full with 120 students, about 10 more than last year, and its new sister school, the Middle School West Auckland, is opening with about 120 children.

Another of the new schools, the Pacific Advance Senior School, expects to have nearly 30 students starting this week, and hopes to reach its guaranteed minimum of 80 by the end of this month.

All good news, parents have a choice and they are choosing educational freedom ahead of union dominated education dogma.

The number are small, but big enough to send shivers down the teacher union spines.


– Radio New Zealand