Blog posts in School Support

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?

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...