$10,000 teacher

I have two students in the same class trialling hearing devices. This entails me wearing a wireless microphone around the neck, and because the devices are different, two wireless microphones.

After one fell from its flimsy mechanism and I dropped the other I decided to ask what they were worth,… $6,500 and $3,500 respectively ie $10,000 worth of gear. Which, of course, led to the question of insurance and liability… It seems the school insurance would cover me, although, in theory, the students household insurance may cover them. Could be messy.

Totally worthwhile investment from a learning perspective, both students are better engaged and levels of achievement improving… probably need to cover liability details with a little more certainty however.

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New Link Building – 7 years in the making












The first small part of the reconstruction of WEGC Main block has been completed and opened for use. These photos do not do it justice ie as an integration building. We will finally be able to move to the staff room without clambering on scaffolding hanging over the sides of buildings or on top of the gym roof… Red letter day… Buildings do not cultivate school spirit but having a special place does help. The rest will be completed hopefully by the end of this year.



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18 year old students at night clubs

One side effect of having the drinking age at 18 is that students can go to bars and nightclubs – the same places that teachers (especially the younger ones) may also go… Could be awkward?

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Why won’t Skype ie Microsoft answer a simple question about their security?

Two months on and I am still chasing Skype ie Microsoft about fraudulent transactions. I guess 4 out of 5 ain’t bad…

My last 2 emails to Microsoft/Skype have asked the following…

4. For the record then, can you formally confirm/comment on the following:
    •Given I did not initiate the five transactions on 8th March – then who did? Can you please confirm that Skype itself was not compromised – this leading to the fraud. Given you have not/can not answer the question of how my account was compromised how can I and other readers of these emails have confidence with Microsoft/Skype security.
   • Please confirm it is my problem to deal with PayPal – even though Paypal categorically state it is your issue to fix. In other words your system cannot track the flow of money and initiate a reversal that works

I have written off the 36 Euros but I have little confidence that my account will not be compromised again. How arrogant these organisations are…

If you are going to place transaction systems online then you need good processes and people to deal with issues that arise. The last email I had from Skype is detailed below. Notwithstanding the poor grammar, my questions above were completely ignored! What a joke…

Hello Edwin,

Greetings from Skype!

Thank you for your patience and time responding to us. It seems that all of the transaction made on your account was detailed.

I guarantee it that the amount that you were charged for was reflected on your bank account.

I highly suggest you to contact your bank regarding the charges.

Thank you and I look forward to your reply.


So I guess that’s it, there is no way to escalate (I asked) and no way for an individual to get this matter dealt with.

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Educated by Tara Westover… worth a read

This book is about education as transformational to the individual.

I cannot imagine many students spending a month tacking the basics of trigonometry from pretty much a textbook, especially under the barbaric environment and attitudes that constituted home life for the author… So much of what the Tara Westover has to write will be inspirational to young women and resonate with those that have pursued a University education with little in the way of funds…

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Inconsiderate parking (or worse)

Seen on Buckley Road… neither bus is getting past the parked cars. What was the owner of the light coloured car thinking? or were they thinking at all…

A whole bunch of no parking cones today…

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Netsafe has good messages… BUT

I attended a Netsafe presentation to parents and caregivers at Wellington East Girls College recently. Some interesting and somewhat disturbing information was presented along with some useful advice on safety and kindness online. However, it did occur to me that:

a.   About 45 caregivers were in attendance, assuming one parent for each household this is around 4% of the school roll. This issue affects 100% of the students at WEGC. Not sure how you communicate with the other 96%

b.  The advice provided was sound but unlikely to be followed. Mostly, parents will not have the capability/skills/confidence required to implement… except maybe”talk to your children”. There may be a case to be made for contracting the technical aspects of keeping our children safe?

I commented to one parent “I am glad my own kids are grown up, I don’t have to deal with all these issues – they will though if they have kids of their own

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