Schools

Breakfast clubs cater to empty stomachs

Breakfast Hub

Hundreds of teenagers are turning up to school hungry, and numbers attending programmes to feed pupils have swelled, organisers say.

School tech services up for review

sewing machine

Cooking, sewing and woodwork are set for a teaching revamp in Canterbury schools.

Site for new high schools sought

Rape Prevention

New sites for Avonside Girls' and Shirley Boys' should be secured by the end of the year.

Principal's future uncertain

Phillipstown School principal Tony Simpson

The outspoken critic of school mergers, Tony Simpson will not head the merged Phillipstown-Woolston school.

School on toxic land

Rudolf Steiner School

Christchurch's Rudolf Steiner school has cordoned off areas contaminated with lead and arsenic.

Feeling 10 years younger

Quake principals move on after schools close

Lee Walker

Seven principals were left questioning their futures when their schools were closed last year. Some have left education, while others travel.

Ex-teacher backs report

Graham Kitchin

Graham Kitchin, who taught at Waitaki Boys' for 38 years, is not surprised by a critical report.

Waitaki Boys' at 'point of crisis'

Board disagrees with critical report

Waitaki Boys

Independent consultant says school's reputation and roll numbers "seriously at risk" if concerns not addressed.

Work starts on Lyttelton school

Ruth Targus

Ground has been broken on the new Lyttelton Primary School site in Oxford St.

Unjust sacking to cost $18k

Southern Regional Health School

Christchurch health school must pay $18,000 to former assistant principal for unjustifiably firing her.

Student: Don't make us exercise

penny mouat

Being made to do exercise at school would affect grades, says student. | 'Make them exercise'

'Make exercise at school mandatory'

Exercising

School pupils should be made to exercise 90 minutes a week, says academic.

Laptops stolen from school

Woolston School

Thieves have stolen 20 new laptops from decile 2 Woolston School in Christchurch.

School zoning a crazy system

deborah coddington

OPINION: The government calls them cheats, but school zones rob families of choice.

Girls' High loses bid to delay path

Christchurch Girls' High School

Christchurch Girls' High School has lost its bid to get construction of a cycle path along Matai St East delayed.

Microchip plan on hold

A North Canterbury primary school has put a hold on its controversial microchip bracelet programme.

Gold medallist hailed by video haka

Christchurch Boys' High mass haka

It's not every day hundreds perform a haka in your honour but Anton Cooper's days are far from ordinary.

Cycle path to go ahead

Cyclist

Christchurch Girls' High has lost its bid to delay construction of new cycle path along Matai St East.

School's microchip 'reward' plan

Emma Goodin

School's hope to track pupils' good behaviour with microchip bracelets prompts concern from parents.

Short list of $200m schools

School classroom

Education Ministry down to two private contenders in the race to build four schools for $200m before 2018.

No review of religious teaching

bible

Education Minister rules out review of the law allowing religious instruction in state schools. | Bible class stoush

Otago children top 'tables'

School classroom

Otago children lead the country in reading, maths, and writing achievement.

Free te reo Maori lessons popular

Joshua Toki, left, and Regan Stokes

Regan Stokes hopes to give free community night classes in te reo Maori.

Kids' ratings released

School classroom

Otago kids best at reading, writing and maths, while others are lagging behind, national standards data shows.

'Opting in' for bible class

Teaching, teacher, whiteboard

Schools are choosing an ''opt in'' system for religious education to avoid a parent backlash.

Bible class stoush

bible

Mother says son was "made to wash dishes" after she chose to opt him out of school's religious classes.

Group calls for action on poverty

classroom

Schools are picking up the slack in dealing with social welfare problems, a Chch principal says.

Schools 'slow to improve results'

Schoolboy test, exam, test results, exam results, student, pupil

Three-quarters of secondary schools are not actively improving pupils' results, a new report says.

$15m boost for school upgrade

Rangiora High School

North Canterbury's over-stretched Rangiora High School is getting a "substantial redevelopment".

Boys also keen to impress

Schoolboy test, exam, test results, exam results, student, pupil

Teen boys are increasingly concerned about appearance, especially ahead of the ball season.

School to quit flood-prone site

Nova Montessori school

Nova Montessori calls itself Nova's Ark - "Our school is on an island, literally, when it floods."

Schools put on ECan list

classroom

Two more schools have been added to ECan's database of potentially contaminated land.

Mental health support boosted

Air New Zealand generic

A team of health professionals is helping a growing number of children with mental health issues.

School has 'head in the sand'

depression bullying suicide

A Christchurch family, whose boy was strangled and stomped on, says school has its 'head in the sand'.

Schools on potentially toxic land

Poison, poisonous, toxic

Almost nine in every 10 schools in Christchurch sit on land that may be contaminated.

Loom bands latest craze for children

Loom bands

For a while there, things could have looked pretty bleak for children in a tech-centric world.

World peace in pupils' hands

Pupils

Beauty queens may wish for it, but a group of Christchurch pupils are actually making world peace happen.

Labour's $50m school sweetener

School donations

Labour gives option of $100 annual grant per student if schools chop voluntary donations.

Student wins Maori speech contest

Taane Whakapiri Flanagan.

A Te Whanau Tahi school student has won a top senior Maori language speech competition for Canterbury.

ACT policy 'crackpot nonsense'

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ACT party would treat children as political pawns if its charter school policy goes ahead, union leader says.

Blindsided by school sign

Merger announcement take parents by surprise

Our Lady of Fatima School

Plans for controversial merger unveiled when parents believed decision would not be finalised until end of July.

We can fix bullying together

Peter Hughes

OPINION: Bullying is not something the ministry and schools can eliminate by themselves says the Secretary for Education.

No more plastic bags, boys hope

Ahmad Qasimi

A team of high school boys hopes its scheme will rid Christchurch of plastic bags and also turn a profit.

Girls' school sends pupils home

Christchurch Girls' High School

A burst water main has forced Christchurch Girls' High School to send its 1000 pupils home.

School has consent for two stages

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Consent has been granted for a trust to build a Christian school in Rolleston up to year 8, but application to double its roll within 10 years is declined.

After ball parties warning

School ball dress

Christchurch's school ball season is in full swing and so are the after-parties.

School closure plan under fire

Catholic church

Bishop Barry Jones faces opposition to his plan to open a new 495-pupil school and shut two smaller ones.

The school visit

MISS K GLASSES

To say Miss K is looking forward to going to school is an understatement. "I've been excited about school since I was born!"

Boys' schools have an edge

all boys school

Boys in single-sex education appear to be ditching the sporty stereotype and performing better.

Boys do better with boys

Air New Zealand generic

Single sex schools are proving to be the winning way for boys, research shows.

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