That time of year again

That time of year again

Just after the release of the 2014 Nation­al Cer­ti­fic­ate of Edu­ca­tion­al Achieve­ment (NCEA) res­ults, I was con­tac­ted by a journ­al­ist writ­ing an art­icle on our nation­al qual­i­fic­a­tion and altern­at­ive cre­den­tials — the Inter­na­tion­al Bac­ca­laur­eate (IB) Dip­loma in this case — offered in New Zea­l­and schools. My caller wanted to know the dif­fer­ence between the two […]

About Carol Craymer

Car­ol has an MA in Eng­lish from the Uni­ver­sity of Can­ter­bury and has been prin­cip­al of Queen Mar­garet col­lege since 2004. Pri­or to mov­ing to Wel­ling­ton, she was assist­ant prin­cip­al at Orewa col­lege and deputy prin­cip­al at Taka­puna Gram­mar. How­ever, Car­ol is not all about ‘dotting the is’ and cross­ing the t’s’. She has also worked for Radio New Zea­l­and as an announ­cer, acted in Eng­land in a theatre troupe tour­ing schools and raised two daughters.

My own country”

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It has been a rite of pas­sage for young New Zeal­anders, liv­ing in a small island nation at the bot­tom of the world, to travel over­seas. It is my exper­i­ence that wherever you travel over­seas, you will find a Kiwi. This is quite remark­able as, like our feathered emblem, we are a rare breed with […]

About Carol Craymer

Car­ol has an MA in Eng­lish from the Uni­ver­sity of Can­ter­bury and has been prin­cip­al of Queen Mar­garet col­lege since 2004. Pri­or to mov­ing to Wel­ling­ton, she was assist­ant prin­cip­al at Orewa col­lege and deputy prin­cip­al at Taka­puna Gram­mar. How­ever, Car­ol is not all about ‘dotting the is’ and cross­ing the t’s’. She has also worked for Radio New Zea­l­and as an announ­cer, acted in Eng­land in a theatre troupe tour­ing schools and raised two daughters.

Early Starts

Early Starts

In 1950s New Zea­l­and it was unusu­al for moth­ers with pre-school chil­dren to be in paid work. My moth­er was an excep­tion, sup­ple­ment­ing the fam­ily income by work­ing night shifts as a nurse and, dur­ing the day, look­ing after me, the young­est, while my broth­er and sis­ter were at school. One of my earli­est memories […]

About Carol Craymer

Car­ol has an MA in Eng­lish from the Uni­ver­sity of Can­ter­bury and has been prin­cip­al of Queen Mar­garet col­lege since 2004. Pri­or to mov­ing to Wel­ling­ton, she was assist­ant prin­cip­al at Orewa col­lege and deputy prin­cip­al at Taka­puna Gram­mar. How­ever, Car­ol is not all about ‘dotting the is’ and cross­ing the t’s’. She has also worked for Radio New Zea­l­and as an announ­cer, acted in Eng­land in a theatre troupe tour­ing schools and raised two daughters.

The importance of being a father

The importance of being a father

The past three years have flashed by and once again we have faced a nation­al elec­tion dur­ing which, inev­it­ably, edu­ca­tion was under the spot­light, with a raft of ideas ban­died about to lift out­comes. Edu­ca­tion, it seems, is the answer to all of our prob­lems. Wheth­er we have chil­dren at school or not is irrelevant: […]

About Carol Craymer

Car­ol has an MA in Eng­lish from the Uni­ver­sity of Can­ter­bury and has been prin­cip­al of Queen Mar­garet col­lege since 2004. Pri­or to mov­ing to Wel­ling­ton, she was assist­ant prin­cip­al at Orewa col­lege and deputy prin­cip­al at Taka­puna Gram­mar. How­ever, Car­ol is not all about ‘dotting the is’ and cross­ing the t’s’. She has also worked for Radio New Zea­l­and as an announ­cer, acted in Eng­land in a theatre troupe tour­ing schools and raised two daughters.

Lest we forget

Lest we forget

In a dis­cus­sion with a par­ent about the wide range of inter­na­tion­al trips and exchanges avail­able to stu­dents these days, he regret­fully com­men­ted, “In my day a tour of a dairy farm with my geo­graphy class was all that was on offer.” With cheap­er air­fares today, times have changed: so many stu­dents are trav­el­ling within […]

About Carol Craymer

Car­ol has an MA in Eng­lish from the Uni­ver­sity of Can­ter­bury and has been prin­cip­al of Queen Mar­garet col­lege since 2004. Pri­or to mov­ing to Wel­ling­ton, she was assist­ant prin­cip­al at Orewa col­lege and deputy prin­cip­al at Taka­puna Gram­mar. How­ever, Car­ol is not all about ‘dotting the is’ and cross­ing the t’s’. She has also worked for Radio New Zea­l­and as an announ­cer, acted in Eng­land in a theatre troupe tour­ing schools and raised two daughters.

Young, gifted and here

Edu­ca­tion dis­course, like many pro­fes­sions, is littered with acronyms like NZQA, NCEA, RTLBs and ESOL. One acronym that I espe­cially dis­like is the abbre­vi­ation for gif­ted and tal­en­ted edu­ca­tion: GATE. Sup­posedly, this acronym should con­jure up an image of a wel­com­ing entrance lead­ing to fur­ther enriched or accel­er­ated edu­ca­tion­al pro­grammes, but to me, I am […]

About Carol Craymer

Car­ol has an MA in Eng­lish from the Uni­ver­sity of Can­ter­bury and has been prin­cip­al of Queen Mar­garet col­lege since 2004. Pri­or to mov­ing to Wel­ling­ton, she was assist­ant prin­cip­al at Orewa col­lege and deputy prin­cip­al at Taka­puna Gram­mar. How­ever, Car­ol is not all about ‘dotting the is’ and cross­ing the t’s’. She has also worked for Radio New Zea­l­and as an announ­cer, acted in Eng­land in a theatre troupe tour­ing schools and raised two daughters.

Learning from your city

Learning from your city

The most effect­ive way to learn is by ‘doing’. In the digit­al world in which we live, tech­no­logy now enables stu­dents to reach bey­ond the classroom and their imme­di­ate envir­on­ment and engage in authen­t­ic vir­tu­al learn­ing exper­i­ences. But even bet­ter still is learn­ing through act­ive engage­ment in your com­munity, and in this respect, Wel­ling­ton continually […]

About Carol Craymer

Car­ol has an MA in Eng­lish from the Uni­ver­sity of Can­ter­bury and has been prin­cip­al of Queen Mar­garet col­lege since 2004. Pri­or to mov­ing to Wel­ling­ton, she was assist­ant prin­cip­al at Orewa col­lege and deputy prin­cip­al at Taka­puna Gram­mar. How­ever, Car­ol is not all about ‘dotting the is’ and cross­ing the t’s’. She has also worked for Radio New Zea­l­and as an announ­cer, acted in Eng­land in a theatre troupe tour­ing schools and raised two daughters.

Beyond the spirit educator

Beyond the spirit educator

An essen­tial skill taught when I atten­ded teach­ers’ col­lege as a train­ee in the 1970s was how to thread a pro­ject­or. In those sim­pler days, show­ing a film to a class was cut­ting edge. Con­sid­er­able organ­isa­tion was required and time spent either mov­ing stu­dents to a des­ig­nated film room or out of school, on a […]

About Carol Craymer

Car­ol has an MA in Eng­lish from the Uni­ver­sity of Can­ter­bury and has been prin­cip­al of Queen Mar­garet col­lege since 2004. Pri­or to mov­ing to Wel­ling­ton, she was assist­ant prin­cip­al at Orewa col­lege and deputy prin­cip­al at Taka­puna Gram­mar. How­ever, Car­ol is not all about ‘dotting the is’ and cross­ing the t’s’. She has also worked for Radio New Zea­l­and as an announ­cer, acted in Eng­land in a theatre troupe tour­ing schools and raised two daughters.

Taken for granted

Taken for granted

A few years ago I vis­ited Cam­bod­ia. The high­light was a trip to Siem Reap to see the largest reli­gious monu­ment in the world, Angkor Wat. This temple com­plex, ori­gin­ally Hindu, then sub­sequently Buddhist, is the cent­ral fea­ture of the Angkor UNESCO World Her­it­age Site, con­tain­ing the mag­ni­fi­cent remains of the Khmer civil­isa­tion. Built in […]

About Carol Craymer

Car­ol has an MA in Eng­lish from the Uni­ver­sity of Can­ter­bury and has been prin­cip­al of Queen Mar­garet col­lege since 2004. Pri­or to mov­ing to Wel­ling­ton, she was assist­ant prin­cip­al at Orewa col­lege and deputy prin­cip­al at Taka­puna Gram­mar. How­ever, Car­ol is not all about ‘dotting the is’ and cross­ing the t’s’. She has also worked for Radio New Zea­l­and as an announ­cer, acted in Eng­land in a theatre troupe tour­ing schools and raised two daughters.

Competitive disadvantage

Competitive disadvantage

Kick­ing a rugby ball or run­ning around a net­ball court on a wintry Sat­urday morn­ing is all part of a Kiwi edu­ca­tion. Sport has obvi­ous phys­ic­al bene­fits and also builds lead­er­ship skills such as con­fid­ence and resi­li­ence. For the Lydia Kos and Steven Adams of the world, this can be a spring­board to a satisfying […]

About Carol Craymer

Car­ol has an MA in Eng­lish from the Uni­ver­sity of Can­ter­bury and has been prin­cip­al of Queen Mar­garet col­lege since 2004. Pri­or to mov­ing to Wel­ling­ton, she was assist­ant prin­cip­al at Orewa col­lege and deputy prin­cip­al at Taka­puna Gram­mar. How­ever, Car­ol is not all about ‘dotting the is’ and cross­ing the t’s’. She has also worked for Radio New Zea­l­and as an announ­cer, acted in Eng­land in a theatre troupe tour­ing schools and raised two daughters.