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New graduate qualifications offered by
distance learning at the Open Polytechnic will
give primary school teachers the skills to
inspire children to engage in the world of
The graduate certificate in primary science
teaching (curriculum) and the graduate
diploma in primary science teaching are now
open for enrolment for trimester 1, 2012, for
practising teachers. The graduate certificate in
primary teaching (leadership) will open for
enrolment in trimester 2 later this year.
Open Polytechnic chief executive Dr
Caroline Seelig says the new qualifications will
help the Government achieve their goal of
increasing engagement in the sciences in the
''Primary school teachers who have the
ability to confidently and enthusiastically share
their knowledge of the sciences with their
young students are in big demand as part of
the Government's commitment to increase the
focus on science teaching in the classroom.
''The younger we can engage and inspire
children to investigate the world of science,
the more likely we are to see more New
Zealanders choosing science as their future
careers,'' says Dr Seelig.
The Open Polytechnic consulted key science
leaders when developing the qualifications
including the Royal Society, the New Zealand
Society of Science Educators, as well as the
New Zealand Teachers' Council.
All of the courses are taught by distance
learning, meaning teachers can fit their
learning around their other commitments.
The courses are delivered online and make
extensive use of video and online quizzes to
reinforce key learning materials.
The Open Polytechnic is New Zealand's
specialist provider of distance learning
and one of the largest polytechnics in
Each year the Open Polytechnic
enrols around 29,000 mainly adult
learners who are fitting their studies in
around work and other commitments
to upskill themselves for current or
First steps in career plan
Career girl: EIT travel course graduate
In her early teens, Gemma-Lee Garbutt
dreamed about owning a hotel.
Holidaying with her family, she imagined
creating something different for guests when
she stayed at hotels that operated in much the
same way throughout New Zealand.
With that as her vision, it probably isn't
surprising that she should choose to study for
EIT's Diploma in Tourism and Travel. Gemma-
Lee's decision was rooted in firm reality,
however, rather than any fantasy about a
glamorous Paris Hilton-like lifestyle.
She singled out the Eastern Institute of
Technology's diploma programme because
she wanted a qualification that was nationally
Other pluses included the close proximity of
EIT to her Hastings home.
After leaving Karamu High School, Gemma-
Lee started at EIT in July 2009.
It was her choice of study programme that
helped her secure a position as an information
and travel consultant at the Hastings i-SITE
visitor centre in March of the following year.
The part-time job developed into a full-time
position, and the 20-year-old is enjoying
working with the public.
Centre manager Stephanie Tait says
Gemma-Lee's training prepared her well for
her role at the Hastings i-SITE.
''She understood the ins and outs of the
industry, the jargon, systems, and the
importance of providing excellent customer
This year, Gemma-Lee will be on the
committee organising the annual Hastings
Blossom Festival -- a hands-on experience
which will give her a real insight into event
In a few years time, she would like to travel
widely and Paris, French fashion and the Eiffel
Tower are at the top of her must-see list.
''I want to conquer the world by the time I'm
25 -- or to have at least seen some of the
places I've dreamed about by then,'' she adds
with a laugh.
''I like how the travel and tourism industry
can take you anywhere in the world and offers
Ultimately, Gemma-Lee would like to be an
event manager -- a goal that again squares
well with her choice of study programme and
''The tourism and travel course gives you an
excellent idea of what it would be like to work
and covers a variety of different job types.''
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