Toby Manhire for The Spinoff OPINION: Suddenly the National Party is an issue again. When 1 News unveiled the results of its latest Colmar Brunton poll Monday night, attentions were focused less on the outcome for the parties of government than the performance of the biggest party in our parliament, and, especially, its leader. Simon Bridges scored 5 percent on the preferred prime minister question, and the National Party slid two points to 40 percent, now eight points behind Labour. On the face of it that might seem pretty bad, but Team Bridges will be seriously pleased. The poll followed an almost universally praised response by Jacinda Arden to the appalling terrorist attack in Christchurch one month and one day ago. Threats part of life for MPs and the famous - Judith Collins Duncan Garner: National's secret weapon is not Judith Collins NZ prefers Judith Collins to Simon Bridges as Prime Minister - Newshub poll Ardern has gone up seven points to 51 percent, and the only surprise … [Read more...] about Opinion: The arguments for Judith Collins as National leader
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Great communication is key to a happy school environment - keeping parents, students and teachers on the same page. And in this age of technology there are more ways than ever before to keep everyone in the loop from social media accounts to blog posts and apps. Here at the Greater Manchester Schools Awards we are looking for the best in class to enter our School Communication category. Speaking of classes we are also looking for an opportunity to celebrate a sterling team effort with our Class/ Team of the Year Award. Have a read of the qualities we are looking for below and meet our previous winners who got the recognition they deserved. School Communication Award For this award the Manchester Evening News is looking for a school with exceptional internal and external communications. This could be through a VLE portal, blog, social media (Twitter / Facebook), website or even a school newspaper. The school should demonstrate fun and interesting communication … [Read more...] about Does YOUR school have outstanding communication or a winning class?
Learning to lead an active life or play a part in the wider community are two key life lessons. And the Greater Manchester Schools Awards showcase and reward schools in our region who are encouraging children to do just that. From introducing judo and fencing in PE to creating a choir for dementia sufferers some of last year's winners showed fantastic initiative. Now we are looking for a new wave of healthy and socially conscious youngsters to reward. Have a read of two of our categories and how the previous winners got the recognition they deserved. Healthy Living Award For an individual, class or whole school who make it a priority to lead a healthy lifestyle. This could be by encouraging exercise, or teaching pupils about eating healthy foods. Maybe at your school you grow vegetables or have an allotment, or a project to encourage fitness, wellbeing or mental health? Last year St Wilfred's Church of England Primary Academy impressed judges after shaking up the sports … [Read more...] about Is YOUR school championing a healthy lifestyle or being active in the community?
It is time to celebrate the amazing everyday achievements from schools across Greater Manchester. Whether it's an inspiring teacher, innovative use of technology or a great class spirit we at the Manchester Evening News want to hear all about it. The awards, now in their sixth year, are FREE to enter and open to all primary, secondary and independent schools across the region’s 10 boroughs. There are ten categories and we welcome nominations from schools themselves or staff, governors, parents, students or people in the community. Darren Thwaites, editor-in-chief at Manchester Evening News said: "Following continued success I'm delighted to announce the launch of this year’s Greater Manchester Schools Awards in association with One Education. “It is a perfect opportunity to celebrate all the great students, inspirational teachers and superb support staff in our region as well as new innovations and schemes to keep our children healthy. “If you’re … [Read more...] about If you have a great school or teacher tell us about it
We’ve teamed up with BetVictor’s Charlie McCann to preview the day’s racing. The first leg of the Spring Double - the Lincoln from Doncaster - is the weekend highlight and Charlie Appleby’s Auxerre is the 9/2 market leader at BetVictor having been well supported at all rates from 10/1. The favourite was beaten at Newmarket on debut but has landed his last three – one on turf and two on the all-weather – and could easily make up into a Group horse this term. Four-year-olds have won the last three renewals of the race and the Appleby yard have been in great form in Meydan of late and had a winner at Lingfield earlier in the month.There is a good jumps card at Wincanton this afternoon and Secret Investor (2.45) is taken to get his chase career back on track after disappointing at Kempton last time. Indeed, the Paul Nicholls’ novice remains a maiden over the larger obstacles, but he receives 6lbs from main rival Jenkins today and has his optimum … [Read more...] about Storm Arising can follow up at Wincanton