Bluff schools invited to global summit

21:15, Mar 13 2014
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RUN OF SUCCESS: St Teresa’s School assistant principal Sue Haines celebrate after being invited to the International Summit on the Teaching Profession.

Two Bluff schools have earned invitations to an important international education summit this month.

The Ministry of Education has invited a small number of New Zealand schools, including Bluff School and St Teresa's School, to send representatives to the International Summit on the Teaching Profession.

The summit draws education ministers and officials from around the world to discuss best practice in education.

This year's event, in Wellington on March 28 and 29, will be only the second summit held outside of the United States after Amsterdam hosted it last year.

St Teresa's principal Anne Canny said the school received the exciting news via a phone call from the Ministry of Education on Monday.

Ms Canny said she had been told the school was invited because its national standards results placed it in the top 25 per cent of New Zealand schools.

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Ministry deputy secretary for student achievement Rowena Phair said the small number selected represented the range of different schools in New Zealand.

St Teresa's had been chosen because its pupils were achieving well, but the invitation was not related to any top 25 per cent group, she said.

A ministry spokeswoman was unsure whether any schools from the Queenstown and Lakes District had received invitations.

 

The Southland Times