SGA promotes College mission statement

first_imgLove one another. Celebrate diversity. Extend hospitality. Strive for unity. These are the four guiding principles of the Saint Mary’s College Mission Statement, values that students and faculty will have the opportunity to thoroughly reflect on this week. Junior Silvia Cuevas, mission commissioner for Saint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA), said the Mission Council has set up displays in the Student Center atrium and the Cushwa-Leighton library to remind the Saint Mary’s community of the College’s mission in education, faith and service.  Students can sign their names on a sheet next to the displays, affirming their support of the mission statement. “The Mission Council and myself thought it was important to promote the mission statement, especially toward students, to know what we stand for and what we believe,” Cuevas said. “We are given the mission statement freshman year, but we tend to forget about it.”  Students may be unaware that the core values of the mission statement are all around them as they hurry to class each day, Cuevas said. “All of the banners [on the light poles] promote this year’s core values,” Cuevas said. “Each banner has one of the four different values of either ‘love one another,’ ‘celebrate diversity,’ ‘extend hospitality’ or ‘strive for unity.’” Cuevas said she hopes this week’s new displays around campus will help get students and faculty interested in continuing the College’s mission. “The two displays each have a poster of the French cross with the mission statement and our core values, along with sheets for students to sign their names,” Cuevas said. “There are also booklets and bookmarks for students to take.” The displays are not the only way students can reflect on the College’s mission statement, Cuevas said.  “When I look around, our girls are always doing something, they are always on their feet,” Cuevas said. “Whether it’s with their clubs or in the community, they are always promoting the core values even if they don’t know it.” Cuevas said she hopes the initiative will extend to other aspects of Saint Mary’s life. “I hope this project will be expanded in the future and in a way where we can promote the mission at our events around campus,” she said. “I also hope that for those who work in the community and are a part of clubs will keep the mission in mind as they do these activities.”last_img read more

Drug-testing compulsory for weed-smoking kindy teacher

first_imgNewsHub 11 May 2017Family First Comment: “The council ruled Ms Harrington’s behaviour “reflects adversely on her fitness to teach” and “is of a nature that brings the teaching profession into disrepute”. Her use of cannabis was said to be “the antithesis of the standard expected, irrespective of the setting, personal or professional, in which it occurs”, considering teachers are expected to “both teach and model positive values for their students”.”Well put!Couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Hope the politicians are taking note – especially those who want to liberalise dope laws.A preschool teacher who refused to take a drug test will have to take one every three months for the next year if she wants to keep her job.Bobbette Hanna Harrington of Kreative Kidz Childcare Centre in Rotorua told her boss in September 2015 she’d smoked cannabis in the past.Her boss organised regular, random drug testing in February the following year, and in April Ms Harrington was chosen.Told she’d lose her job if she didn’t take the test, Ms Harrington instead opted to resign. A month later she got a new job at another early childhood centre, Te Whare Whitinga o te Rā.In the meantime however her former employer reported Ms Harrington to the Education Council. Te Whare Whitinga o te Rā was aware of the situation, and offered its full support, according to the Education Council’s report on the matter.The council ruled Ms Harrington’s behaviour “reflects adversely on her fitness to teach” and “is of a nature that brings the teaching profession into disrepute”.READ MORE: read more

Tan talk lifts Solskjaer

first_imgControversial owner Vincent Tan’s “encouraging words” can spur Cardiff to a 10-game Barclays Premier League relegation escape act, according to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Now Solskjaer has lent his support to the Cardiff owner, calling on the club to unite to stave off the drop from English football’s top flight. Cardiff host basement club Fulham in south Wales on Saturday, desperate for a win to kick-start their final push for safety. “We’re all sticking in it together, that’s the key,” said Solskjaer. “If you’re going to get out of this, it’s not one performance, it’s a 10-game run. “It’s a 10-game season now. This run-in, it needs every single one of us.” Despite Cardiff’s battle for goals, Solskjaer backed his side to find the net sooner rather than later. “I thought we caused them massive problems on the counter-attack,” he said. “We looked like a team again, a proper team that plays for each other. “But we can talk all day long, we need to score goals, we need players to want to put the ball in the net. “That’s what we practise every single day, now it’s about that need and urge to get on the end of crosses. I think we will do so very soon.” Spain forward Soldado ended his two-month goal drought with a neatly-taken finish from strike partner Emmanuel Adebayor’s smart pass. Spurs were unconvincing throughout a nervy White Hart Lane encounter but boss Tim Sherwood felt, for once, Soldado’s finishing was not. “I was delighted for Robbie, he’s a great character around the place,” said Sherwood of the £26million striker. “The boys love him and want him to do well. “If I could have picked anyone to score that goal today it would have been him. “He’s a great lad, he’s never a moment’s problem, a true professional and he gets on with his training, whatever anyone asks him to do, he does it. “He knows he’s been in a sticky spell, but I always looked him in the eye and knew that he had the belief and that’s important, for him to dig himself out of it. “I’m just hoping that this is a platform for him to go on and kick on now.” Ex-Manchester United poacher Solskjaer believes that meeting with Tan can boost Cardiff’s survival chances, despite the club sitting one place and one point off the foot of the table. “I saw him last night, and he gave some encouraging words to the players and myself,” said Solskjaer after Cardiff’s seventh straight league loss on the road. “He’s committed and supportive. “It’s the first time since I’ve been here, I think it was a good time. “They were pleased to see he came. We all appreciated it.” Cardiff owner Tan has upset die-hard fans of the club by changing the home kit from the traditional blue to red, refusing again last week to reverse that decision as long as he remains in charge. Former manager Malky Mackay’s tenure came to an abrupt and disruptive end in January, with Tan launching accusations at the Scot’s transfer policies that have rumbled on ever since. The 62-year-old Malaysian businessman even accused the British media of being “a little bit racist” in a BBC interview last week, but was also at pains to dispel his Bond-villain image. Press Association Solksjaer was left to rue Steven Caulker’s point-blank header against the bar as Roberto Soldado’s first goal in nine games condemned Cardiff to 1-0 defeat at Tottenham. Cardiff owner Tan addressed Solskjaer’s squad in a London hotel on Saturday night, for the first time since the Norwegian took charge in January. last_img read more