Blog posts in School Support

Maybe We Don't Value our Teachers Enough

Two news items have given me pause for thought over the past few weeks.The Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS, 2013) reported that in New Zealand 46% of teachers and 55% of principals...

Will You Hear Me if I Scream?

 A frighteningly clear message – TIMSS and now PISA. Internationally, approximately 10% of school students are bullied. The latest PISA results (51 countries) show an average of 8.9% of 15 year...

Is our Prime Minister Asking the Right Questions?

Earlier this week Prime Minister Bill English made a comment about too many young unemployed people failing drug tests. Apparently, he has strong anecdotal evidence to back up his claim.  The...

The Underbelly-Our Dark Side

When we immigrated to New Zealand from South Africa in 1986 I had some really strong beliefs about the society we had chosen to enjoy with our three young children. My father had told me about the...

What an Impressive Group of Students!

I was so warmed to hear about a group from Ross Intermediate who have taken it upon themselves to solve a problem for some of their schoolmates.  Six students want to raise $16,000 to get 72 kids...

Mastermind: why was I underwhelmed?

Make no mistake, I admire the coolness under pressure displayed by the contestants in the recent series of Mastermind. They showed an amazing depth of knowledge in specialist subject areas and general...

We Can all be Footy Cops...

Recent publicity has highlighted appalling behaviour on the side lines of school and age-grade football games. Parents abusing referees (often also parents who are just doing the job to help out) and...

And Yet...

 Oh they’re all like that. Look at her older sister. Could never remember anything. Hopeless. The implication? They are beyond help. Hearing this about yourself is just one step away from...

Reading Aloud Still Rules

As a child I remember sitting enthralled as Dad read to us. Treasure Island, Swallows and Amazons, Hound of the Baskervilles... Great books, read at a leisurely pace, opened up the movie theatre of my...

Control the Beast - Switch it Off!

What is it about emails and texts? Why do I find myself spending so much time checking or sending them?