Education

Childspace celebrates 21 years

Childspace celebrates 21 years

In 1994, Child­space founders Toni and Robin Christie were work­ing in early child­hood edu­ca­tion in Christ­ch­urch, but they weren’t as happy as they thought they should be. “We were young, fresh and ideal­ist­ic,” Toni admits. “The stand­ard of early child­hood edu­ca­tion was really appalling at the time. I used to come home so upset.” Hav­ing saved […]

Education: Porirua’s high-tech schools

Education: Porirua’s high-tech schools

We had this kid who was in Year 4 last year, and got really into Adobe Pho­toshop. He star­ted to do some quite inter­est­ing stuff, and his auntie said, ‘I can’t believe the dif­fer­ence in my boy. I now know what he’s going to be — he’s not going to be a paint­er like his […]

Gifted

Gifted

All chil­dren are nat­ur­ally curi­ous, with broad ima­gin­a­tions and an inher­ent abil­ity to drive any­one with­in earshot slightly doolally through repet­it­ive ques­tion­ing. How­ever, if you’ve ever been around a child whose curi­os­ity levels are through the roof, or whose out­land­ish ima­gin­ings leave you won­der­ing if there was some­thing extra in your tea, you may like […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]