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Pause, Breathe, Smile: Training teachers to bring mindfulness into the classroom

GRANT RIX shares the journey of a ‘mindfulness in schools’ programme that is making a difference to the wellbeing and learning outcomes of Kiwi kids.

What’s happening to U? Making sense of puberty education

Teacher Toni Ferens helps align puberty education resources with The New Zealand Curriculum and classroom teaching.

Extracurricular activities: do they add value?

Drawing on his experience teaching at a school in China, ANDY ELLMERS discusses how important and just how difficult it is for secondary school students to strike a balance between academic demands and finding time for extracurricular activities.

Sustainable schools, but at what cost?

All new schools are built to meet the required Green Star rating, but is the same attention being given in the construction and design of these schools to the ability to teach and learn? JUDE BARBACK considers the merits and limitations of the Green Star rating system.

The uphill battle for teacher wellbeing

IAN VICKERS shares his fight to get teacher wellbeing taken seriously in New Zealand.

Boys behaving badly?

This year, the annual ‘undie run’ at Tauranga Boys’ College took an ugly turn, prompting a letter bemoaning the recent bad behaviour of boys in general. Principal Robert Mangan’s response below gives an insight into the complex and multi-faceted process of turning boys into fine young men.

Educator or Nurturer?

We know that student wellbeing is an integral component to student achievement, but are we taking it seriously? JUDE BARBACK asks where the school’s role begins and ends?

Leadership that’s all about the students

Principals are finding Viviane Robinson’s book Student-Centered Leadership “invaluable” in guiding their leadership practices.

One school’s journey to teacher wellbeing

IAN VICKERS discusses the importance of teachers looking after themselves and the benefits his school has seen from the introduction of a teacher wellbeing programme.

Our big bullying problem: are we getting anywhere?

New research shows that New Zealand’s schools’ anti-bullying policies are not up to scratch. What else can we do? JUDE BARBACK confronts this uncomfortable topic.
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