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Finding The Right Formula

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By Kate Pierson Nothing in life is ever certain, except of course for the degenerative nature of the human condition. One of the most unpredictable elements within any society is economic growth, because its health is perennially vulnerable to social, political, industrial and environmental factors. But while an economy’s state of play may often be characterised by ambiguity, it’s a no-brainer that economic growth needs to be nurtured and achieving and maintaining a strong economic pulse requires balance and strategic decision making. In...

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The Cotton Wool Conundrum

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The Cotton Wool Conundrum

By Zoe George Being involved with sport, for a variety of reasons, is an important ingredient in any childhood. However, sport can become rough and injuries happen. ACC statistics for July 2007 to June 2008 show the organisation received in excess of 3900 new claims related to rugby union, 1900 new claims from soccer and 1400 new claims from netball. The cause, justified or not, might be parents encouraging their children to play low contact sports such as football, avoiding traditional contact sports like rugby union and rugby league. The...

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Crunched by Numbers

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By Melinda Collins As the world economy steadies itself and the tides turn on the financial crisis, a survey reveals half of school leavers are financially illiterate and ill prepared for the future. The survey, released by the Institute of Financial Advisors (IFA), shows that just over half of the pupils surveyed could answer eight out of 40 questions correctly. The questions covered personal spending and saving, tax, KiwiSaver, earning power and education, credit card interest and rates of return on investments. IFA president Lyn McMorran...

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The Preparation Game

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The Preparation Game

By Kate Pierson It has been quite a while since I have been in the company of a principal, but any pre-jitters are imminently abandoned as I sit down with a forthcoming Gillian Simpson, executive principal at Christchurch’s St Margaret’s College, to discuss her role at the school. Upon meeting Simpson, it takes me no time at all to see why she was offered the role in early 2008. While there is no generic stereotype attached to the disposition of principals, Simpson is every bit the part. Perhaps what intrigues and inspires the most...

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The Value of Homework

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By Melinda Collins Homework, or tasks which teachers assign to students to be completed outside of school hours, persists as a controversial aspect of our education system. Whether homework aids students and how much homework is appropriate, has been debated for many years. While some educators support homework for its value in reinforcing daily learning and fostering the development of study skills, backlash against the practice has been developing since the 1990s. Those who condemn homework point to the fact that research on the topic has...

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Voice of Reason

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Voice of Reason

By Sandy Galland What teachers do is amazing and slightly terrifying! So says the man who has been catapulted to fame as an authority on children. Child psychologist Nigel Latta talks to Principals Today about his following since The Politically Incorrect Parenting Show went to air. Nigel calls a spade a spade, advocates we have made everything too complicated, but above all else he believes our schools are doing some remarkable things. “I think what teachers have to do is amazing and slightly terrifying. If you have a class of 30 something...

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Running on Empty

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Running on Empty

The quest to nourish our children By Kate Pierson Kids will be kids when it comes to junkfood but what about the child who is always tired and can’t concentrate in class? When we think about nourishing our children we may think about feeding their minds and their souls, but what about in the literal sense? New Zealand’s clean and green environment is like an oasis for children with native playgrounds at their leisure, yet the reality of many children’s existence tells a darker story of being deprived of the basic necessities...

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Our Nation’s Shame

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Our Nation’s Shame

By Sandy Galland Statistics report more than a quarter of our students aged 15 to 19 are not in school and some in the teaching sector believe the numbers could be higher. The recently released OECD report, Education at a Glance, shows 26.9 percent of New Zealanders in this age demographic are not in education. The OECD average is 15.7 percent and only Turkey is higher than New Zealand. Disengagement, lack of motivation, lack of support from family and community, truancy, drug and alcohol exposure and/or abuse are all cited as possible...

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Parenting 101

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Parenting 101

By Sandy Galland Our world appears to spin faster on its axis each year, thus today’s children are struggling to orientate their compasses to true north. Society is changing continually and gone are the simplistic days of our childhoods. Statistics often continue to highlight a multitude of failures in our community and educational systems, and it appears schools are asked to act as a ‘parent/mentor/counsellor’ more and more. The battle to educate and recognise each child as a ‘whole person’ rather than just a student seems to become harder,...

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Suffering in Silence

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Suffering in Silence

By Kate Pierson A little girl is born and she struggles for breath, as a toddler she struggles to crawl and as a pre-schooler she struggles to write her name. When she becomes a teenager, she struggles to fit in and as an adult she struggles with life. This struggle is a reality for many New Zealand children as they face the perils of an undiagnosed learning difficulty; lost and alone in dealing with the repercussions of such an existence. Overcoming obstacles There are many types of Special Learning Disabilities (SLD) that affect a...

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