Phillipstown fight must continue

Phillipstown School protest

OPINION: Phillipstown people finally have pride in where they live - and the anchor through it all has been the school.

Lyttelton school has last day

Lyttelton Main School

Lyttelton Main School yesterday shut its doors before it merges with Lyttelton West next term.

Waikuku celebrates school move

Waikuku School water fight

A large water fight yesterday involving pupils and teachers is one of the ways Waikuku School is marking its last days.

Japanese kindy inspires design

Cathedral Grammar School design

Cathedral Grammar School has unveiled a master plan for a new school that draws on an award-winning kindergarten in Japan.

School merger may be delayed

Hekia Parata

Lawyer says Parata's legal team agrees to delay merger plans until after Phillipstown School's court challenge.

School defiant against Parata

Phillipstown School principal Tony Simpson

Phillipstown School will launch a second round of legal action in a bid to fight closure.

Phillipstown, Woolston schools to merge

Phillipstown School principal Tony Simpson

A Phillipstown leader says the school is 'not dead yet' despite being told it will merge with Woolston.

Hekia Parata to reveal schools' fate

Phillipstown School principal Tony Simpson leads a protest against closure.

The Phillipstown and Woolston communities will learn the fate of their schools tomorrow.

Kohanga trust lashes out

Kohanga reo

The Kohanga Reo National Trust has angrily hit back at the Government's decision not to renew a $2.5 million contract.

Parent slams pupils' punishment


A St Bede's parent says the school is almost "rewarding" pupils who set a Twizel road on fire.

Christian school for Rolleston

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A school that catering for more than 600 pupils may open near Rolleston at the start of next year.

Schools appeal over staff sleepovers


Schools are worried a court ruling could unexpectedly leave them facing higher costs for teachers to attend camps and trips.

Parata says she's not the problem

Hekia Parata

After a week of calls for her to step down, Hekia Parata says the focus should not be on her.

Why don't kids bike to school?

Kids cycling to school

Just one busy junction is enough to deter parents from letting children bike to school, says academic.

Concerns over teachers with convictions

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Children are being taught by trainee teachers with drug and assault convictions.

Ministry reviews new school sites

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Possible sites identified for relocating Banks Avenue and Unlimited Discovery 1 merger school.

Private-public schools on the way

Hekia Parata

Two Christchurch schools will be built using a public-private partnership model, education minister announces.

Will paying top teachers more help pupils?

A teacher writes on a blackboard

Those who have had little adult conversation at home, have never been read to, and have never seen a book until they arrived at school, will fall even further behind.

Lesson times to double

School science class

Principals say longer lessons are more conducive to modern learning and save time.

Chch East schools in spotlight

Poto Williams

Education issues in Christchurch East will be at the centre of a meeting organised by the area's new MP tonight.

Children head back to CBD

Discovery 1 garden

Months of work and planning is rewarded as Discovery 1 children head back into the Square.

Post-quake moves hurting kids

Adrienne Hiscoke with her son

Christchurch children are becoming "moving targets" between schools as post-quake issues force families to regularly move house.

Thomas Maxwell, Cheviot Area School

Thomas Maxwell

A great year on and off the sports field has segued into study at Lincoln University for Cheviot Area School Dux Thomas Maxwell.

Drug-sniffer dogs raid schools

Drug Dogs In Schools

Canterbury schools are spending thousands on drug dogs to search classrooms and lockers.

Top Chch scholars eye bright future

Clara Todd and Ben Murray

Two Christchurch teenagers who went through primary school together are now among the country's top scholars.

Sport draws teens in to learn

Sports in Education project

Sporty teens are now begging teachers to let them read under an initiative using sports as a focus to their learning.

Novopay bungles causing grief


School principals are at breaking point over Novopay errors which they say have become 'unmanageable'.

Principals want new payroll system

Minister Responsible for Novopay Steven Joyce

Each school has on average more than five staff being paid incorrectly, a survey has found.

Hekia Parata live chat

Hekia Parata

Have a question for the education minister? Hekia Parata joins us today for a live chat.

Good teachers forced out of teaching

A teacher writes on a blackboard

OPINION: The Government's plan to throw money at education sounds impressive but how will this largesse be distributed?

Education - it's not that simple

Gerard Direen

OPINION: There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to education policies, writes Gerard Direen.

Principal to set school on new path

Pauline Duthie

Pauline Duthie is definitely the "new girl" at Christchurch Girls' High School.

Bright first day

Merger school Waitakiri opens for lessons

Waitikiri School balloons

Christchurch's first post-quake merger school has opened in a burst of colour with the release of hundreds of balloons.

Mould has school on the move


A Christchurch school has had to relocate after black mould affected its buildings.

Mould shuts school

Linwood Intermediate School

A Christchurch school must relocate while repairs are carried out after a mould spore discovery.

High schools welcome newbies

Hillmorton High day one

Three Christchurch high schools are welcoming intermediate-aged pupils to their roll for the first time.

Tackle education problems at cause

Judith Nowotarski

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OPINION: Out-of-school factors are estimated to make up to 80 per cent of the influences on student achievement.

Back to school bittersweet

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OPINION: 'We're running late and it's only the first day. This year it's different. Miss 5 starts school today.'

Striving for the best in education

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OPINION: There is no "silver bullet" to improve schools, Dr Darrell Latham warns.

Cyber-safety rules for parents

SCHOOL TECH: More schools are asking parents to buy their children a tablet for school.

With more schools adding tablets and laptops to stationery lists, parents need to switch on to cyber safety.

Quake trauma widespread

One in five kids shows signs of stress disorder

Jesse Jacobs-Mitchell

Research is showing that the Canterbury earthquakes have caused more trauma in young children than expected. So how bad is it and what can be done? JOHN McCRONE reports.

Parata fails to disclose payout details

Hekia Parata

Questions remain over whether the Government was short-changed in a $200m payout for quake-damaged schools.

$200m payout for quake-hit schools

Hekia Parata

One of the largest insurance payouts in NZ history has been settled for Canterbury schools.

Quake bill settled for schools

Hekia Parata

The Ministry of Education has claimed its insurance settlement to cover earthquake damage to Christchurch schools.

School welcomes new kids to class

Hornby High School

The principal of a new-look Christchurch school is confident "the big kids will love having the new kids around".

Radical school hub policy

Metiria Turei

The Greens would turn schools in lower income areas into hubs to address health, social and welfare needs.

Exam cheating inquiry


The NZQA is still looking through material in an investigation into a far-reaching cheating scandal. | Inquiry on 'a go-slow'

Canty educators tick Govt plans


Changes to the education system will attract experienced teachers to poorer schools, principals say.

'School costs as much as a house'

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State-educating her six children could be as costly as buying a house, a Christchurch mother says.

'Free' education costs thousands

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A "free" education in New Zealand is costing families tens of thousands of dollars, a survey has found.

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