A range of gardening and environmental competitions and initiatives are currently open to New Zealand schools that are keen to take advantage of programmes promoting a sustainable and healthy approach to life.
Language students are almost five times as likely as home sciences to achieve excellence.
The Ministry of Education says it will look closely at the New Zealand Initiative's suggestion of weighing NCEA credits, rather than simply counting credits, in order to effectively measure student and school performance.
NCEA should raise the bar for some but keep its benefits for other.
A scholarship scheme offering a small number of places at private schools has been axed by the government, drawing mixed reactions from the education sector.
The introduction of agribusiness as a subject at Kavanagh College signals "exciting times" in education.
Wanganui Collegiate School was more than $320,000 in debt at the end of 2016, and the auditor-general had issues with its banking arrangements and unauthorised borrowing.
Traditional powerhouses netball and rugby are under threat as the most popular sports at New Zealand secondary schools, with basketball poised to dunk them both.