Education a hot election topic


Education has been a hot topic this election but how do policies actually affect Joe and Junior Bloggs?

Bottle opener gift 'inappropriate'

Christ's College

Is Christ's College perpetuating NZ's heavy drinking culture by gifting students a bottle opener?

'Dissatisfaction' behind call for help

Margaret Paiti

Staff "dissatisfaction" at Christchurch school led to its second Govt intervention in just over three years.

Linwood College needs outside help

Linwood College

All Linwood College parents and staff will be surveyed as outside manager takes over employment issues.

Battle of the schools

school students, kids

Schools back to pre-quake roll levels are turning away out-of-zone pupils, while others are courting them to fill gaps.

Parents must take 'foot off the pedal'

Bronwyn Hayward

The pressure young children face to achieve is enormous, says Bronwyn Hayward.

Trophy raises cricket awareness

Cricket cup at North New Brighton

Cricket World Cup organisers go on charm offensive ahead of 2015 event, displaying champion's cup at Christchurch schools.

Beyond learning

School classroom

Classrooms are being redesigned around the catch phrase "modern learning environment".

Primary schools go head to head

school generic

Primary schools are "upping the ante" in a growing battle for intermediate-age pupils.

Teachers protest $359m policy

Teachers protest

About 30 school staff representing about six schools turned up to Gerry Brownlee's office in Ilam early this morning.

Singer dishes out school advice

Shihad’s Jon Toogood

Shihad frontman Jon Toogood will impart his music industry wisdom at three Christchurch schools.

Principal issues drugs warning

St Michael’s School

A primary school is worried students won't enrol if legal high shops are allowed to open nearby.

$855k grant to repair classroom

Yani Johanson

Anglican Church will get council grant to help repair block at St Michael's School.

Special schools happy with plans

A teacher writes on a blackboard

Proposal to relocate two special schools to mainstream campuses put on hold.

Anger at school's calming idea


Some Southland parents furious as a school suggests a calming technique for pupils in the wake of bullying.

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'


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


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


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


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'

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


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.

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