Boarding wing plan for new school
19 Jul 2012
Reason for Attending Boarding School
It is not all about the quality of the education that our kids go to boarding school for. My two boys both went to Otago Boys HS not to improve their education but for the opportunity to enhance their sporting prowess. Our boys are all grown up now and are in very good jobs even though they were very average students (by their own admission). Boarding Schools place a lot more emphasis on sports and encourage participation in team sports in particular. Don't get me wrong reading, writing and mathematics are hugely important but they are not the be all and end all of becoming succesful. I know because I had two sons who were very ordinary when it came to academics but I could not be a more prouder father knowing that they have become very succesful in their chosen fields.
22 Jul 2012 03:05PM patfam
High accademic standards have to come first. There seems to be far too much focus on the $ and what other schools are doing. No one will send their kids to a boarding school that doesnt first achieve where it counts. Like any business get the basics right first and then consider how you can grow. Outwardly this Board of Trustees seems to have overlooked what is most important. Boarding schools do have an added dimension but it is the quality of education that is the main reason we send our kids to out of town schools. Its not about being critical of Wakatip but there are better schools. As parents we strive to provide the best opportunities.
21 Jul 2012 10:28AM Peter F
Please be careful when commenting
Moran, your comment was edited solely because it was potentially defamatory of a particular teacher.
20 Jul 2012 01:24PM Ryan
While I accept your point Patron it doesn't ring true for me. I see the Scene has edited my post to remove my criticism of the educational standards at WHS and one or two particualrly poor teachers, but leaving the line as "WHS is O'K" completely reverses the meaning of my original statement. The main reason local parents send their children to boarding schools is surely because of the better standard of education they'll receive. To suggest that those parents would choose to school their kids locally merely because WHS has a few boarders from Gore (or wherever) seems to be a silly arguement.
20 Jul 2012 01:19PM Moran
With respect, Moran you've missed the point completely. One of the reasons people send their kids out of town to board is so that they can go to an educational facility with a more diverse range of students from a wider catchment area. What appears to be being said here, is that children from here will be able to go to a boarding school, or a school with boarders, instead of having to go to Dunedin/Christchurch.
20 Jul 2012 09:46AM Patron
With respect, I feel Mr Porter has missed the point completely. The reason parents send their kids out of town to board is not because Wakatipu High doesn't offer that facility. It's because they get a far better education at more upmarket schools. WHS is O'K. I can't think of any Queenstown parents who'd consider their kids boarding just 5km down the road from their home.
19 Jul 2012 06:03PM Moran
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