During recess we often get to spend five, six or seven days working as local MPs. Lots of people think the most interesting stuff happens in Parliament – but thats not my view. Today wasn’t that unusual but thought readers would be interested in the variety.
- Radio interview re Christchurch Festival of Cycling which I’m supporting next weekend.
- Meeting with parent of kid who is caught between being able to cope at school and being eligible for special needs support.
- School visit to a local intermediate whose principal showed me documentary evidence of the way the school (decile 3) is outperforming national norms on standardised literacy and writing tests. And making well above average progress. And not using Tolley’s standards. Got a bit pissed off when a young teacher suggested I was soft on Tolley at morning tea Q&A.
- Meeting with local NZEI reps.
- Meeting with local police, retailers, mall management, community leaders re recent antisocial behaviour by a few local youths.
- Session with guy on health reform.
- Discussion on proposed church drop in centre and shoppers’ creche.
- Graduation ceremony for care workers getting their first ever qualifications.