Monday 30 April

A new tomorrow for schools rich and poor

Giving school children the same chances in poor and wealthy areas is a key goal for those appointed to a government review into Tomorrow’s Schools…

Northland Charter School ranks in the top two schools

Northland Charter School with a 100% Maori roll ranks in the top two Northland Schools for University Entrance results…

‘The system was stealing my soul’ -why I left teaching to sell real estate

OPINION: After nearly 30 years as a teacher and leader I have made the huge decision to leave a profession for which I have always felt great pride and passion.

A different class: It’s learning, but not as we know it

A Blenheim secondary school trials modern learning environments as staff and students plan a rebuild…

Kiwi family hit the road as part of growing ‘world schooling’ movement

Josh and Sarah Drummond along with their daughter Lena are leaving Timaru to travel the world…

Principals pull out all the ‘leaking’ stops to convince Education Minister to co-locate

Education Minister Chris Hipkins tours Marlborough Girls’ College and talks to staff about his review of the co-located colleges project…

Auckland schools ‘could do better’ for Esol students, says Education Review Office

Two out of five of Auckland schools and three out of five early childhood centres have been marked “could do better” for their non-English-speaking children…

 

 

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Friday 27 April, 2018

Stories shared at Southern Istitute of Technology nursing anniversary

Pat Goodwill was one of the first nursing tutors at the Southern Institute of Technology when it opened in 1978.

MSD spends $13ka year on hold music for StudyLink and WINZ

MSD spends $13,000 a year to make sure you don’t get bored waiting to talk to StudyLink or Work and Income.

Prisoner-built house teaches prisoners worthwhile skills

A house built by eight prisoners is lifted over the wire at Upper Hutt’s Rimutaka Prison. It will be used as a state house in Lower Hutt.

TeenAg members at leadership training camp

Young TeenAg Club members from Otago and Southland got the chance to climb a wall and observe a salmon dissection as part of a leadership training camp last week.

Christchurch city schoolboy already farming his own flock of sheep

Christchurch schoolboy Angus Grant farms his own flock of sheep on the city outskirts. Growing up in a city all his life hasn’t stopped Angus Grant from becoming a farmer, even before he has left high school.

 

Thursday 26 April

Warning against relying on Reading Recovery for struggling readers – ERO

Teachers are being warned not to rely on Reading Recovery for struggling young readers because it probably doesn’t work, a new report says.

Why being bicultural from preschool benefits Kiwi kids

Research shows that a child’s development is improved by learning about other languages and cultures.

Pātea Area School wins UNESCO award for growing global citizens

A contingent of staff and students from Pātea Area School received a national award from Hon Jenny Salesa, Associate Education Minister, and chair of the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO Robyn Baker,

Children who change schools a lot have lower NCEA pass rates

A Treasury working paper shows children who change schools a lot have lower NCEA pass rates and more problems with truancy and suspensions than those who do not.

Horowhenua schools thrive under collaborative approach

Horowhenua’s colleges are thriving, and their principals credit greater collaboration with making the difference.

Wellington school to completely drop NCEA in favour of Cambridge exams

A private girls’ school says it’s the first in Wellington to drop NCEA assessments altogether in favour of another system.

Audit raised concerns about students, funding claims, at now-closed FutureCOL

FutureCOL’s buildings in Hastings, Hawke’s Bay, are now up for lease.

A tertiary education provider closed after a damning audit raised concerns about tens of thousands of dollars in funding claims, new documents show.

Teaching teens about money

Teenagers are falling into the trap of easy credit and unmanageable debt, says the Commission for Financial Capability’s Kelly Gay. He talks with Kathryn Ryan about the key things young people need to know about money, and about the new programme on financial literacy for secondary schools the Commission is developing.

Massey drama students explore free speech and control in play

The importance of speaking out and the pervasive effect of keeping silent transcends the ages in a play being staged in Palmerston North.

From Upper Hutt to South East Asia: The Kiwi family who are ‘worldschooling’

The family on a sampan boat on the Mekong River Delta.

Nine months ago, we were a regular Kiwi family, with two children, a beautiful new house stuffed full of things we didn’t need, a large mortgage, and two full-time jobs to pay for it all.

Programme offers youngsters ‘everything’

Steeplechase is only one of the many athletic sports Hannah O’Connor, 17, in a national champion in.

 

 

Tuesday 24 April

Education conversation ‘a watershed moment’ for Māori

The government’s education conversation Kōrero Mātauranga is a watershed moment in the history of education for all Māori, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis says…

Graduates ready for next step in kohanga reo journey

Kohanga reo is not only a journey for a child but for the whole whanau.

That was the main message expressed at Te Korowaitanga, an annual graduation day for kohanga reo students, held at Rongopai Marae at Waituhi yesterday…

Culture crucial for education overhaul

A veteran educationalist says a review of Tomorrow’s Schools needs to answer why the system of community control of schools failed to work for Maori…

Monday 23 April

5000 New Zealanders have their say on future of education

More than 5000 New Zealand teachers, young people, parents, school board members and grandparents have already had their say about the future of education, via the ‘Education Conversation’ initiative, says Education Minister Chris Hipkins…

Students increasingly accessing restricted material online

Thousands of high school students are actively bypassing internet security systems in schools, allowing them to anonymously access pornography and inappropriate material on their devices. Almost all New Zealand schools currently have policies in place for providing a safe digital learning environment, but new research shows a third of students are downloading what is called a Virtual Private Network to get around firewalls. Kathryn Ryan speaks with Michelle Polglase from Linewize…

 

Thursday 19 April

Survey of te reo revitalisation activities open

People who have organised, participated in, or funded activities or developed resources to support te reo Māori revitalisation still have time to complete an online survey about their efforts.

CPAG education expert appointed to education Taskforce

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is thrilled with the Minister of Education’s appointment of Professor John O’Neill to the Independent Taskforce to Review Tomorrow’s Schools…