Incoming Chair of the New Zealand-Singapore Parliamentary Friendship Group Hon Judith Collins sends her condolences to the people of Singapore following the passing of the nation’s first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew.
“Lee Kuan Yew was the father of modern Singapore. He stood up against communism and took the country from being a recipient of international aid programmes to a provider of aid for others,” Ms Collins said.
“New Zealand and Singapore have a lot in common, including similar legal systems and a commitment to the Rule of Law.
“Singapore is a remarkable success story that had the leadership of a remarkable man who put the welfare and betterment of his people first.”
Papakura MP Judith Collins is delighted by the news The Gardens School in the Papakura electorate is now subject to reviews every four to five years following the latest Education Review Office (ERO) report.
“There is demanding criteria for a school to be deemed at a sufficient standard to undergo reviews every four to five years,” Ms Collins says.
“This is fantastic news for The Gardens school and its students and shows the high level of education our students are receiving here in the Papakura electorate.”
The school and board also received a letter from the Minister of Education, Hon Hekia Parata congratulating them on the achievement.
“Late last year I was pleased to announce that the Gardens School was to be completely rebuilt in 2015 due to the severe water tightness issues it had,” Ms Collins says.
“I am thrilled by this marvellous ERO report achieved by the school and it’s governance team.
“I congratulate them on the wonderful learning results their students are achieving in reading, writing and maths despite the challenges of their physical environment,” Ms Collins says.
The Gardens School in the Papakura electorate will undergo one of the largest redevelopments of a school in New Zealand, with up to $22 million set to be spent addressing weather tightness and structural issues, Papakura MP Judith Collins says.
“In effect, the school is being rebuilt taking account the population growth we’re experiencing as well as fitting into the Government’s plan to create modern learning environments,” Ms Collins says.
“It’s also important our learning spaces are safe, connected and fit for purpose. At the moment the school is operating out of a number of temporary classrooms so it’s vital the school is upgraded.
“We all want our children to receive the best education and ensuring our local schools have facilities that are up to standard is a major part of providing top quality education,” Ms Collins says.
The Gardens School has been identified as one of 30 schools around the country with the most complex structural issues. The Government is investing approximately $300 million in major redevelopments at schools across the country with the most complex structural issues.
Construction at The Gardens School is expected to begin next year and be completed in 2017.