Nelson Leader : March 28th 2013
30 THE NELSON LEADER, MARCH 28, 2013 NEWS 5255682AA COMPARING Apples with Apples Call Simone Cook today to advertise in front of Nelson-Tasman's largest media reach 03 546 2835 Nelson Leader & Richmond - Waimea Leader & Motueka-Golden Bay News Circulation 42,188 Independently audited via ABC 2012 Average Net Weekly Circulation Nelson Leader & Richmond - Waimea Leader Circulation 31,921 Independently audited via ABC 2012 Average Net Weekly Circulation Nelson Weekly & Waimea Weekly Circulation 30,000 As per their website March 2013, never been independently audited The Guardian Circulation 9,137 ABC Average Net Weekly Circulation 2010. Unaudited since 2010 Motueka-Golden Bay News Circulation 10,267 Independently audited via ABC 2012 Average Net Weekly Circulation Get the whole apple Alternative learning centre opens Ready to start: From back left, support volunteer Linda Smith, trust board members Patrick Doherty, Dawn Kelly, Emily Whinney, learning mentor Bron Robinson and baby Ricky. Front from left, pupils Enda Doherty and Veshanti and Kamala Deva outside the Arohanui Learning Centre rooms. Photo: PHIL BARNES By PHIL BARNES We will be doing fundraising, applying for grants and looking for donations so we can pay for resources. We especially need shelving, bean bags, a couch and outdoor furniture,we especially need shelving, bean bags, a couch and outdoor furniture. Dawn Grace Kelly co-ordinator for Arohanui Holistic Learning Trust Two years of work come to fruition on Tuesday, April 2, with the opening of the Arohanui Learning Centre. The centre is renting three classrooms at the back of Nelson College and will operate on Mondays and Thursdays during term time. The co-ordinator for the Aro- hanui Holistic Learning Trust, which has set up the centre, Dawn Grace Kelly, said a group of up to 20 children would attend the cen- tre but this number would evolve over time. A group began meeting two years ago with a shared goal of offering a different kind of edu- cation to the children and families of Nelson, Dawn said. They began searching alterna- tive education models and put in considerable work for a year into an application to the Ministry of Education for a publicly-funded school.'' She said this school would be a democratic school catering for years 1 to 13. A democratic school is where children were given the opportunity to voice their opinion about what they wanted to learn. It's turning around the system. You move away from telling them what they should learn and when.'' She said this allowed chil- dren to maintain their love of learning and got them thinking outside the box. However, Dawn said that after the failure of a similar venture in Golden Bay to secure funding from the ministry for its demo- cratic school last year, the trust decided to look at other ways of setting up the learning centre in Nelson, without government money. She said the learning centre in Nelson had been set up by the children's parents agreeing to pay a small term fee to cover the costs of renting the rooms and to pay for a teacher. And we will be doing fundrais- ing, applying for grants and look- ing for donations so we can pay for resources. We especially need shelving, bean bags, a couch and outdoor furniture,'' she said. Dawn said the centre would start with one paid teacher and a volunteer teacher and they would receive help from other staff such as a teacher-trained learning mentor who would share facili- tation with a teacher-trained vol- unteer, parent helpers and members of the wider community who had specific areas of interest, skills and experience. We are aiming for a ratio of one teacher for every six students.'' Dawn said business support and donations to fund resources would be helpful. If anyone thinks they can help, they should text Emily Whinney on 021 1066 150.
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