No review of religious teaching


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

Otago children top 'tables'

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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

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

'Opting in' for bible class

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

Bible class stoush


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


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

Schools 'slow to improve results'

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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

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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


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

Mental health support boosted

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

School has 'head in the sand'

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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


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


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

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

Boys do better with boys

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

Parents take on bullying


A couple whose 9-year-old son was allegedly strangled and stomped on have had enough.

StAC boarding house fire 'suspicious'

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A St Andrew's College boarding house had a visit from three fire appliances yesterday afternoon.

Christ's College lease site for $1

Christ's College can now officially call Hagley Park home.

Kids mad for action card fad

DreamWorks Heroes action cards

Kids are mad over them, schools are banning them and adults are flogging them off online.

PM opens new Pegasus school

John Key at Pegasus Bay School

John Key said Govt had taken a "leap of faith" in backing Canterbury's new educational structure.

Council 'stands up' for school

Phillipstown School principal Tony Simpson

Christchurch council will ask Govt to delay the closure of Phillipstown School by two years.

Hall delay frustrates principal

Linwood North School

A Christchurch school is taking the loss of its quake-damaged hall into its own hands.

Special schools face relocation

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Three Christchurch special schools could be move to mainstream campuses under a $14.1m shakeup.

Rangi Ruru could inspire rebuild

Rangi Ruru Girls' School

OPINION: The school's clever spaces and sustainable features show what could be possible.

Teachers want input

A teacher writes on a blackboard

Canterbury teachers are worried a proposal to scrap the Teachers Council will undermine them.

Schoolyard battle full of fun

Sefton Battle sports event

Children armed with paper swords, shields and balloons filled with flour took to Sefton School for war yesterday.

Education 'not the place for cuts'

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Parents have pleaded with councillors to ensure the Pioneer childhood centre stays open.

Rolleston school 'will go ahead'

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Planners have recommended consent for a large school in Rolleston be declined, but the school's trust remains hopeful it will open.

Concern at speedy decisions on board

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Concern has been raised about the selection of the Phillipstown and Woolston schools merger board.

Trench food too hard to swallow

Christ's College students


Students hit the realities of WWI when they munched their way through food eaten by their forefathers.

Centres in complaints stay secret

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Hundreds of public complaints made about early childhood centres will be released, but no centres will be named.

School breaks free eduction rules

Teaching, teacher, whiteboard

Ombudsman accuses school of unfairly charging for school books, photocopying and food ingredients.

Rivalry for enrolments

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Big Christchurch secondary schools continue to swallow up pupils to the detriment of others.

Schools' eyesore buildings to go

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Almost 70 earthquake-damaged school buildings will be demolished this year.

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.

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