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Passenger charged over crash
ON REMAND: Benjamin Beazley has
pleaded guilty to a charge of aiding
and abetting his friend by allowing him
to drive a car after drinking.
Guilty plea for allowing drunk driver behind wheel
THE FRIEND of a teenager who
died in a car accident in North
Canterbury last year has
appeared in court over the drink-
Tarrin Kayne Alderson was
driving on Flaxton Rd on May 25
when the car veered left onto the
grass shoulder, over-corrected and
went into a spin, hitting a con-
crete power pole.
Alderson and his passenger,
Benjamin Peter Beazley, were
thrown from the vehicle.
Beazley, 22, appeared in the
Christchurch District Court last
week. He admitted a charge of aid-
ing and abetting Alderson by
allowing him to drive a motor
vehicle while he was under the
influence of drink to such an
extent as to be incapable of having
proper control of the vehicle. The
pair were celebrating Alderson's
18th birthday by drinking and
driving around with a sober
driver. However, after being drop-
ped off at Beazley's address, the
pair decided to head to Rangiora.
Beazley allowed his friend to
drive. After filling up with petrol
in Kaiapoi, they went to Flaxton
Rd where the crash happened.
Beazley, the only one wearing a
seatbelt, suffered neck and
shoulder injuries. He told police
he let Alderson drive, as he was
pretty drunk himself.
In June 2012, Beazley's mother
told the Northern Outlook her son
was struggling over the death of
Judge Christopher Somerville
remanded Beazley on bail to
July 5 for sentencing. He also
ordered a pre-sentence report,
including a report on his suit-
ability for a community or home
detention sentence. Fairfax NZ
ineffective, says research
MIXITUP:Professor Garry Hornby.
STREAMING CHILDREN in
the classroom may be doing
more damage than good to their
education and development.
University of Canterbury
research into Christchurch
schools using streamed class-
room structures showed the
strategy was ineffective at best,
and at worst, could be detrimen-
tal to students.
The research, carried out by
College of Education researchers
Professor Garry Hornby and
Chrystal Witte, studied 15 high
schools and 11 intermediates
Of the schools studied, 14 high
schools and 10 intermediates
were using a streaming system,
based on student ability.
While schools using streamed
systems could identify benefits
for the school and the teachers,
few could come up with benefits
The disadvantages reported
included behavioural issues and
low self-esteem for those
grouped in lower streams.
The advantages reported for
students were mostly for gifted
students, and for those with
No benefits were reported for
average, below average, Maori
and Pacific Island students, or
students with English as a sec-
The principal of the one inter-
mediate school not using ability-
based streaming said the change
from streaming to mixed-ability
classes had been a positive one.
Professor Hornby said the
principal found the mixed-
ability classes to be more equi-
table and also more supportive
for all the students.
There were fewer behavioural
problems and the school went so
far as to take in disruptive chil-
dren that had been expelled
from other schools.
The school had been ident-
ified by the Education Review
Office as one of seven schools
nationwide to be included as an
example of exemplary practice
for gifted children, demonstrat-
ing that the brightest students
were not disadvantaged by their
less talented peers.
The findings of our research
reinforce the need for schools to
reconsider their practices for
ability grouping and adopt
strategies that will be more
effective in bringing about
improvements in children's
Professor Hornby said.
*All the schools studied in the
research programme were
guaranteed anonymity. The list
of schools participating can
therefore not be published.
Taymin Fowler-Powell started
Southbrook School on April
12, 2013, and has a lovely
teacher, Mrs Lindsay.
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new entrant published, email
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