Blog posts in School Support

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?

Choose Who You Follow!

I have just read a short and brilliant article about why Finland has the best schools. I was excited but also despondent. Excited because it simply makes sense. Despondent because New Zealand seems to...

The Rich get Richer and...our final blog for 2015

As reported recently, all four major Australian-owned banks (ANZ, BNZ, ASB and Westpac) have continued record profits, with a combined haul of $4.59 billion over the last year. At a time when many...

What a sad week we all had...

I had not expected to feel so sad when I heard the news of Jonah Lomu’s death.  We had all known he was suffering from severe kidney disease but he looked hale and hearty as Rugby Ambassador at...

Let's Have Fireworks but with a New Zealand Twist

This year, as for every year, Wellington's Sky Show lit up the sky over Wellington harbour in a dazzling fireworks display to commemorate Guy Fawkes Night. I looked forward to it – last year’s show was...

Getting a Balanced Picture-we do have amazing kids.

In a week of heated debate around Australian detention centres and New Zealand’s apparent lack of action, and the issue of compromising images of our girls on social media, I was very humbled to read...

We can't all be Van Gogh - and we shouldn't try to be!

E. Paul Torrance, American psychologist, talks about what he calls the "4th-grade slump" in the creative lives of children. When children begin school, they are generally quite happy to show their...

Do We Need a Dislike Button and What Would it Add?

I have Facebook but admit I am a ‘slack Facebook scroller’ and rarely post anything on my page.  I do regularly check on what my family and friends are up to, and I do feel I am part of the...

Sound to Print - the Way to Go!

One of the first blogs I wrote was about spelling. Spelling is not a glamorous topic. I suspect some of my colleagues rather pity my obsession with spelling.  But I am not interested in spelling...

The Commissioner's Report Seeks Urgency

Over recent days the Commissioner for Children’s report on CYFs has been released. What a sad indictment on our society. As educationalists you are all well aware of the problems around these students...