Our Select Committee at Kapiti College

Last week the Education and Science Select Committee visited the dyslexic student programme at Kapiti College. They invited us to visit them during the Inquiry into Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Autism Spectrum in schools which I initiated. We were hosted by the students and their teachers. The visit consisted of giving us a series of learning challenges to show us just how difficult it is to need to learn differently. We failed at all kinds of tasks and including trying to copy Greek language under time pressure and trying to read technical documents that made no sense. During some of the exercises I gave up and started distracting other students, it was just too hard and humiliating. The students said this was a common response if you are dyslexic, the other option was withdrawing and living your sense of failure in quiet despair.

It really doesn’t have to be like this for 10% of our population. Kapiti College has proved this by becoming a dyslexia friendly school with around 160 students being affirmed daily as smart and capable and dyslexic. They attract many students who are sick of the failure to teach them at other schools. The students also showed us the way Dragon voice activates software helps their learning and assessment and how a school which celebrates them is helping them succeed every day.

Now they are looking to the politicians to help all dyslexic students in all schools. Our Inquiry is working on the recommendations from last year’s submissions and families, teachers and students across the country are hoping we listened to them on these issues of learning difference. I will keep you posted!

5 Comments Posted

  1. hey, surprised taht the best google gave me for a search on this “Waikato chemistry batteries” was:


    I thought Waikato would be onto batteries. Dont tell me all the energy has gone into “fart studies!”

    Or is Google Satan?

    Prbably both

    Is it pc if I sa “heads should roll”?

    Hey, “why dont we make batteries out to cowshit acids”,
    And “get Taskforcegreen planting out indigious plants, you know where, just replace the foreign invadors, hahaha!”.

  2. Reading this stuff:
    “PSI HomeLabs & User Services SwissFELSwissFEL ResearchScientific ChallengesCatalysis and Solution ChemistryChemical time scales

    perhaps understand why mobile technology is a big safety issue, that is also effecting our kids. Or are parents already on top of this extra challenge? Sure they’ve more than enough challenges as it is…

    By Rob Pell
    March 7, 2015

    In Four Basic Parts:
    • The Discussion
    • Safety & Effectiveness
    • Conflicts of Interested
    • Conclusion
    If you feel you should vaccinate, the Weston A. Price Foundation recommends you take the following precautions:
    • Wait until the child is at least 2 years old
    • Do not give more than one vaccination at a time.
    • Never vaccinate when the child is sick
    • Be sure that the vaccines are thimerosal-free
    • Supplement the child with extra cod liver oil, vitamin C, and B12 before each shot
    • Obtain a medical exemption if the child has had a bad reaction to a vaccination before or if there is a personal or family history of vaccine reactions, convulsions or neurological disorders, severe allergies and/or immune system disorders

    I would also suggest supplementing with the amino acid glutathione several days before and after vaccines are administered. Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that can help the liver clear toxins.

  4. WOW thats a LOT of PEOPLE! SADLY NZ has CREATED this MESS by DENIAL of the HARM caused by the BIZZARE ATTRACTION to POISONOUS CHEMICALS! Doesnt SURPRISE me that these PEOPLE struggle to understand the SCOOOOOL SYSTEM because WHO CAN??? LIKE the STEINER TYPE APPROACH because WHEN you actually ASK these PEOPLE what they ENJOY doing and find out the THINGS they ARE GOOD at you WILL GET a SURPRISING and INTERESTING RESULT. LOVE your COMPASSION Catherine. X

  5. Touch rugby in Kapiti sounds like paradise, if only our govt gave our kids safe vaccines and food.
    “if only our govt gave our kids safe vaccines and food.” I wander if the media would try to use that statement against you? Among our niegbours here in Germany, cancer is common, and round-up is the most likely leader on cause. People are brainwahsed on chems, so their brains dont think proper, at openness in core eye,. Aluminium and mercury in the vaccines is the main cause of autisum etc.

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