Tag Archives: Taranaki Daily News

The Blogging Requirement

28 Mar

Hello world,

This afternoon when class starts up again, we’ll be setting up and talking about blogs.
And I’m going to feel mega guilty because I haven’t been keeping my up to date! Haha, Robin our tutor refers to me as the tech guru so I should really set an example 😛

This week has been exciting because yesterday I was published in the North Taranaki Midweek, and today I was published again in the Taranaki Daily News! You can view my stories at http://www.kylewadsworth.com.

It’s been a real learning experience having articles published, because you learn to fact check what the interviewee is saying so you don’t look like a dick in the article lol.

But I’ve been stoked that two of my stories were published within two days, and I’ve already moved on to my next story! Exciting stuff.

There’s some students in our class who don’t have a Facebook (!!!) and are reluctant to set that up, as well as a blog. But I hope in time they’ll learn what important and useful resources they are when it comes to the modern world of journalism.

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Wowza. Look at that

12 Sep

Bet you didn’t notice who wrote the article I posted before this – Students farewell stand-in mother was written by me and published in the Taranaki Daily News! I’m a real reporter now haha! It was pretty awesome waking up to that, and not only did Mrs. Moore get heaps of attention for that, the teachers loved the article and it was a great way to farewell her from the school. She’s an awesome teacher =D So proud of that article 😀

Another article that got heaps of attention was The whiz kid, published a week ago! Some guys at school had no idea I was doing all that stuff, and even to me it doesn’t seem like much….lol I walked into class and they clapped ^_^
Teachers thought it was an impressive article, and one did question why the school wasn’t shown positively. I had to explain the article was conducted a month before the actual school donation crap and plus the article wasn’t even about the school. They added a little paragraph in there which was taken from the articles on the school saga, it wasn’t fresh quotes.
And I don’t like how some teachers are saying “Oh but you hate the school”. It’s very unnerving, even if it is a joke.
At work, a customer went to a supervisor and put down a compliment about me! I’ve had a few of those…but in this case, they said “That boy in Lane 6 is very polite…” to which the supervisor replied “No, He’s a wizz kid” LOL! The story was the best thing that could have possibily happened all year =D

In two weeks I’m flying out to Christchurch with Ethan Wilkins, I can’t wait haha…..gonig to have a leaving party on the Friday before hand – any excuse for another party! So that will be awesome.
Pure Modesty episode 2 is finished. Working on episode 3 at the moment!

So watch this space. And don’t forget that kylesblog.co.nz will be offline next month from mid-October. There will be a new URL. =]

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Media Interest

15 Jan

Okay so this morning I woke up to two interviews for two newspapers!
They are very keen on “Tracey’s Back” and the two major celebs that are involved; I was planning to keep their names secret until they were filmed, and I can’t really do that now seeing it will be in the news tomorrow.

So I’ve done the interviews, but only one will appear in the news. This is because the Taranaki Daily News is bigger than the Midweek and takes prefrence over the Midweek, so it swallowed up their story. The papers are both owned by Taranaki Newspapers.

So expect to see a story in the paper tomorrow morning!
I’m just about to leave and prepare for filming and the photo shoot, out at Self Storage Taranaki. Oh, and check NCEA results. haha.

looking worse for Boys’ High

25 Nov

Despite the attempt to defend the school (it was a good article too), things are looking even worse for New Plymouth Boys’ High with the whole front page of the Taranaki Daily News being dedicated to the school.
As well as the defence story, a bigger story was published; More allegations of `culture of bullying’ is the latest story about abuse and it gets worse.
With Campbell Live now picking up the story, this has seriously damaged the reputation on NPBHS. And it shows no signs of stopping anytime soon.

A few good/bad snippits from the article:

An independent inquiry is to be carried out into allegations of a culture of bullying at New Plymouth Boys’ High School.

A group of senior boarders and day students came to the school’s defence yesterday, against their teachers’ advice, admitting there was bullying at the school but saying it was no different to any other school in New Zealand. See: Students speak out for school.

Yesterday a former NPBHS teacher who has shifted schools came forward to support students’ claims that the abuse was widespread.
“During my time at the school a senior student reported to me that as a boarding student he had been raped with a bottle,” he said.

Yesterday a former student spoke about the effects the abuse had on him as a 13-year-old boarder in 2006.
He reported the abuse to staff who told him things would be dealt with – but they weren’t.

His mother said she feared her son could take his own life.
“I’m terrified that I won’t have a child at 21, I’m terrified that I won’t have a child at 16,” she said.

More allegations of `culture of bullying’

25 Nov

TUESDAY 25 DECEMBER, 2008

An independent inquiry is to be carried out into allegations of a culture of bullying at New Plymouth Boys’ High School.

Last night NPBHS board of trustees chairman Jamie Sutherland said the board, after a full meeting, had requested that the New Zealand School Trustees Association appoint an independent inquiry team to look into the allegations of bullying at the school.

“The board and the school will co-operate fully with the inquiry, which will be given the widest possible brief, with a request to report back as soon as possible,” Mr Sutherland said.

The board and the school wanted to provide the best possible educational opportunities in a safe and appropriate environment.

“We will take all steps possible to ensure that environment is created and maintained,” he said.

Mr Sutherland said the board was shocked by the allegations and did not believe that there was systemic bullying at the school.

Police are investigating an alleged assault at the school last week that left a year 12 student with two black eyes, a cut to his head that required stitches and swollen face.

The announcement of the inquiry comes as a former teacher, and parents and more students of the school, continued to claim bullying was rampant at the school.
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Students speak out for school

25 Nov
November 25, 2008
Taranaki Daily News

Senior students have come out in support of New Plymouth Boys’ High after allegations of bullying and assaults at the school’s hostel.

The five, a mix of boarders and day students, who asked not to be named, have spoken out in defence of their school.

While teachers had advised them not to talk to the Taranaki Daily News, they said they were intent on putting the record straight.

Boys’ High should not be singled out as rough play and bullying was common in all schools throughout New Zealand – and their school was no different, they said.

They fear that the recent stories in the media risked giving their school, which they believe is one of the best in the country, a bad name.

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Looking bad for Boys’ High

24 Nov

I’ve posted the two stories that ran in the Taranaki Daily News/NZ Herald on Saturday and today.
And it is set to really ruin the reputation of the school and hostel.
This morning’s article “reveals” ongoing “violence” in the hostel, and claims that staff turn a blind eye.
Total rubbish.

Staff take bullying very, very seriously. It is not taken lightly at the school. The article gives the impression that the school is a violent place, when it doesn’t even come near it. The other two major high schools in New Plymouth, Spotswood College and New Plymouth Girls’ High, have security guards. Boys’ High does not.
Spotswood College has repeditive assults and bullying is a common factor there, they even have security camera operating! Boys’ High does not.

The first article stated:

She [mother of victim] said another son, aged 14, had also been subjected to physical attacks.
‘He has a permanent scar on his thigh after his leg was held against a heater.’
She admits there could have been fault on both sides, but could not think what her son could have done to deserve the beating.

I can think of a few things. Maybe it might be the fact that this boy happened to be one of the most-feared bullies in the hostel. Or maybe it might be because this boy flipped other students beds, or other unmentionable things. Knowing that, I can see why he got dealt to!

Some hostel boys contacted the Taranaki Daily News claiming that bullying is an ongoing thing. Of course it is, it happens everywhere. They also claimed that teachers don’t care – but how can they care when the aledged ‘assults’ are never reported to staff?

Some of the bullying was not reported, but what is has not been dealt with seriously, they claim.

It’s hard to deal with bullying days after it is reported, much harder!
I won’t address all points of the articles, but i will address one more. Read the below quote:

Sat: NPBHS acting principal Bruce Bayly and chairman of the board of trustees Jamie Sutherland refused to comment yesterday.

Mon:NPBHS acting principal Bruce Bayly was not home when the Taranaki Daily News rang yesterday.

Board of trustees chairman Jamie Sutherland would not comment when the Taranaki Daily News visited his home.

Senior hostel master Geoff Hall would not comment when telephoned.

I firmly believe that by not commenting on this issue, it makes it sound so much worse and as if they are covering up something. That actually makes it look much worse!

Keey an eye out for an article in ‘defence’ in tomorrow’s paper. Hopefully it will be enough to repair a small part of the huge reputation that the school holds in this community.

Oh, the reporter of the article has also informed me that Campbell Live is going to be doing a story on the issue – and I am aware that students are currently working with TV3 to “numb” down the issue so NPBHS’s rep isn’t seriously tarnished further.