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John Key – “do as I say, not as I do”

5 August 2012

John Key – “do as I say, not as I do”

On Friday Prime Minister John Key said he’d be happy for his kids to be taught by unregistered teachers but we can’t find any at the schools he chose for his children (see the staff list from Kings College and staff employment conditions from St Cuthbert’s below).

John Key made the assertion when defending the government’s decision to allow charter schools to employ unregistered teachers. He claimed registered teachers were not a requirement for a good education but in practice he makes sure his own children get them.

It’s another example of Prime Ministerial hypocrisy and comes hard on the heels of John Key promoting larger class sizes at state schools, saying they would not reduce the quality of education, only to be outed from an earlier interview where he said he sent his kids to private schools specifically because they offered lower class sizes.

In both cases the Prime Minister has tried to sell poor quality education to other people’s children but made sure his own kids were insulated from it.

There is never any shortage of advice from the rich as to how the rest of the country should live our lives but on education the Prime Minister should keep his hypocrisy to himself.

John Minto
National Chairperson

Kings College Teaching staff 2011

• G Adams, BA (Auckland), MA (Hons) (Auckland), DipTchg
• CM Artley, BA (Hons) (Bristol), PGCE, ARCM
• W Baas, MMus (Hons), BCom, BMus (Auckland), GradDipTchg
• R Bairstow, BSc (Hons) (Surrey), DipTchg, DipMathsEd (Auckland)
• DW Barclay, BA (Auckland), TCDip
• JW Beck, BA (Auckland), DipEd (Massey), DipTchg
• MR Bean, MA (Hons) (Auckland), BD (Melbourne), M ès L (Clermont-Ferrand)
• N Bentley, BA (Massey), DipTchg, DipFilm&TV
• AJ Bramston, BBus (Auckland), GradDipBus (AUT), GradDipTchg
• DCG Bridges, BA, BSc, Dip Stats (Auckland)
• A Bryant, BA (AIT), DipTchg
• G Burton, BSc (Hons) (Sth Hampton), PGCE Des Tech
• JC Callie, BPhysEd (Witwatersrand)
• KR Carrington, BA (Auckland), TCDip
• J Chester, BFA (Auckland), Grad DipTchg
• MHS Chieng, BE (Auckland), NZCE, TCDip
• GM Clark, BA (Auckland), DipTchg
• PL Cunningham, Dip NZAHPER, DipTchg
• SB Curnow, BA (Auckland), DipArts (Auckland), DipTchg
• MH Delport, BSc, HDE (Port Elizabeth)
• U Delport, BSc (Port Elizabeth), HED
• J Dickin, BA (Ed).(Hons) (Exeter)
• D Dyer, BA (Hons) (UK), BSc (Hons) UK, PGCE
• M Edmonds, BSc (2nd class Hons), PGCE
• AJ Fowler, MA (Auckland), DipTchg, DipTchrLibship
• RC Foxall, TTC (Wellington), TCDip
• JD Frood, MA (Hons) (Auckland)
• A Gibbs, BSc (Auckland), PGDipEd
• PG Haines, BE (Auckland), DipTchg
• BMC Harter, BA (Hons), GradDipTchg
• A Hernandez-Cubo, MA Spanish & English (Spain), CAP (Spain) (Term 1)
• SAE Hibberd, CAES (Southampton), AdvCert Maths & Microcomputers) (Term 1)
• AS Huffadine, BSc (Hons), PhD (Otago), DipTchg
• JD Jackson, BA (Auckland), DipHum
• MP Johnston, MEd (Hons) (Massey), BBusEd (Hons) (Manchester)
• MA Karpik, BPhysEd (Otago), DipTchg
• MC Kennelly, BPE, PGDipSci (Otago), DipTchg
• J Kerr, MA (Hons) (Waikato), DipTchg
• LA Kodikara PhDChem, MSc (1st Hons) Chem, BScChem
• M Lamberto, Licenciatura en Filosofía (Navarra), CAP (Navarra), DipTchg
• B Law, MA (Hons) (Auckland), DipTchg
• S Lofroth, BBS (Massey), DipTchg
• RA Longley, Bsc (Hons) (Sheffield), PGDipTchg (Terms 1 & 2)
• DC Macpherson, MEd (Hons), DipTC, DipTchg
• REG Massari, BA (Hons) (Capetown), HDE
• AS Massey, BSc (Auckland), DipTchg
• G McKibbin, BSocSc (Waikato), DipTchg
• CJ McLachlan BPhEd (Otago), DipTchg, Cert SMM
• J Meng, MSc (China), BSc (China), DipTchg
• DT Mitchell, BLS, BTchg (Waikato)
• FM Morris, Dip Couns, BCNZ, PG DipEd (Guidance) MNZAC
• M Naidoo, BEd (Massey), DipTchg
• MJM Oliver, BEd, AdvTCert, DipTchg
• DG Parr, Dip FA (Canterbury), DipTchg
• JS Payne, BSc (Auckland), DipTchg (From Term 2)
• M Platt, TradCert(Aust), NZATC, DipTchg
• E Prince, MDM (Unitec), BFurn & Environmental Design (Birmingham), GradDipTchg
• KB Putt, BPHEd (Otago), DipTchg
• J Robson, BSc (Hons) (Bristol), PGCE, PGDip (UEA)
• KAP Rowley, BA (Hons) (Loughborough), CertEd
• HR Russ, BSc (Auckland), DipTchga
• BF Sapsworth, BSc (Auckland), DipTchg
• LT Savage, BEd (Auckland)
• B Simperingham, Licence Lettres Modernes (Nancy II)
• DM Simunic, BSc (Auckland), DipTchg, GradDip Tessol
• GK Smith, BE (Auckland), DipTchg
• R Snelling, MA (Auckland), DipTchg, LTCL
• JW Southern, BSc (Hons) (Southampton)
• MG Stewart, BA (Hons) (London), MA (Hons) (Auckland), DipTchg
• GG Syms, BA (Auckland), Dip Ed, DipTchg
• RDN Topham, BA (Hons) (ANU), PGCE (Oxford)
• E Tregedeon, MA (Hons) (Surrey), CertEd (London)
• SW van Wyk, BA (Hons) (Rhodes), BEd (UCT), NHED
• ST Walker, MA (Hons) (Cambridge), MInstM (UK)
• GC Walters, BA (Auck), BAppTh, PG DipEd
• D Ward, DipPE (Otago), DipTchg, High Cert Tessol
• PF Watts, BSc (Canterbury), TCDip
• R Wells, BA Fine Arts (Manchester)
• PM West, BA (Hons) (Durham)
• HA Wichman, BSc, DipTchg
• DR Williams, DipTchg, AdvTCert (Waikato Polytechnic)

St Cuthbert’s school ‘package’

Employer of Choice-Teachers

The Trust Board of St Cuthbert's College realises the importance of all staff both academic and support. Therefore all academic staff are offered the following "Employer of Choice" package.

• Remuneration - guaranteed minimum of 7% above State colleagues
• 5% superannuation
• Life/Disability cover
• Generous contractual terms and conditions
• Teacher registration costs paid by the College
• Guaranteed more non-contact periods than State colleagues and very rarely lose these periods
• Extra week’s holiday in July
• Staff scholarships programme
• Laptops at no cost - remote access at no cost
• Examination leave
• Long Service leave
• Creative initiatives eg: exam supervision undertaken by parents
• Free car parking
• Discounted mortgages - Westpac
• Group health cover - Southern Cross
• Provision of support staff assistance
• Generous professional development opportunities
• Opportunity to join the Senior Management Group
• Horizon Hour - an in-school weekly professional development programme
• Financial support to improve relevant qualifications
• Robust performance management system
• Comprehensive resourcing
• Induction programme for new staff
• Effective beginning teacher programme
• Higher Order Teaching/Thinking Training
• Ongoing support for new staff
• Opportunity to take holidays at Kahunui at no cost during term breaks

• Receptivity/Approachability of Senior Management Team
• Culture of attentive listening by Senior Management Team
• Active promotion of the professionalism of staff

• Recognition and appreciation of people and events
• Morale boosting
• Mums-in-Touch - parent support group
• Parents & Friends’ Association

• Support and recognition of family needs
• Support in crisis times
• Recognition of significant personal events

• Discretionary leave with pay
• Discretionary leave without pay

• Christian services
• Staff communion
• External professional mediation
• Internal professional mediation
• Free flu vaccinations
• Training & advice in avoidance of OOS-related injuries
• Access to workstation assessments
• Access to professional support - Guidance Counsellor, Chaplain, Nurse
• Access to EAP Counselling services
• Access to College sports facilities - fitness centre, squash courts
• Access to dining hall meals
• A culture of support


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