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These articles are published in the New Zealand Education Gazette. Each link will take you through to the story on the Education Gazette website.

Super Street Arcade: into the ‘Dragon’s Den’! (published 29/01/2018)
Digital technology students at three Christchurch high schools have had the chance to create games for an authentic context that also contributes to the rejuvenation effort happening in their community.

Students get early start on job skills (published 16/10/2017)
A unique partnership between Southern Cross Campus College and Auckland Airport’s Ara hub provides valuable work experience for South Auckland teens.

The wellbeing bubble (published 24/07/2017)
A new online resource to boost student wellbeing is seeing positive results at Aotea College.

Giving Northland students a taste of horticulture (published 10/04/2017)
Secondary school students in Northland have the opportunity to work with local organisations to develop their knowledge about local fruit crops and learn more about the horticultural sector. 

An integrated investigation: Science at Taita College (published 28/03/2017)
A project that integrates several strands of the curriculum in a culturally responsive way is driving student engagement in science at Taita College in Lower Hutt.

Bright sparks in digital technology (published 13/03/2017)
A Wellington secondary school is fostering a love of digital technology and computer science through the use of open source software in the classroom.

A role model of transformation (published 30/01/2017)
Rotorua Boys’ High School was awarded the Excellence in Leading – Atakura Award at the 2016 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards. Principal Chris Grinter talks about the ‘right mix of conditions’ at the school to ensure student success and wellbeing.

Students from Paeroa College.

Preparing for the journey ahead (published 30/01/2017)
Paeroa College’s Te Ara Tapu a Tāne Project aims to lift achievement and strengthen connections for Māori boys. 

Real-world contexts explored by Waikato students (published 05/12/2016)
Smart Waikato’s Secondary School-Employer Partnerships (SSEP) are formal relationships where employers from a range of sectors connect with secondary school students.

All the world’s a stage: celebrating the work of Shakespeare with our students (published 25/07/2016)
Shakespearean plays have secured a place in our cultural life, and also remain popular in the English, drama and technology programmes offered by secondary schools. 

Ruapehu College connects the dots with Vocational Pathways (published 07/03/2016)
Whether it is primary industries, manufacturing and technology or creative industries – getting the most out of Vocational Pathways for students is one of Ruapehu College’s big priorities.

Camembert in the classroom (published 07/03/2016)
The creation of delicious homemade cheese is being used to encourage Waikato students to explore alternative career pathways.

2015 and 2014 Gazette stories

An authentic setting for engaged learning (published 07/12/2015)
Dilworth School opened the Dilworth Rural Campus in 2012. With up to 100 boys there full time for the entirety of their year 9 experience, teachers needed to inquire into their teaching and find a new effective pedagogy to suit teaching in a new setting. 

Starting again: Tarawera High School implements innovative learning spaces (published 23/11/2015)
At Tarawerea High School, adding modern facilities brings with it the opportunity to re-imagine the learning environment.

Re-imagining secondary learning through a key competencies frame (published 09/11/2015)
The key competencies help teachers to re-imagine learning that is future focused and meaningful for students’ lives, writes Dr Rosemary Hipkins.

Changing the world one empowered student at a time (published 27/10/2015)
The creators of the Drawing Board Challenge, a 10-week workshop programme culminating in a competitive challenge, are following their dream to teach students how to change the world.

Kāpiti College programme benefits entire community (published 16/10/2015)
With 83 students from 17 different countries currently enrolled, Kāpiti College’s international education programme is one of the largest in the Wellington region.


Local business sees benefit in supporting school project (published 24/8/2015)
Tom Boon, CEO of Taranakipine, is a firm believer in learning by doing and putting theory into practice. That is why for the second year in a row his company is sponsoring the Taranaki Futures ‘Build a Bach’ project for school students.

Learning hubs re-engage at Morrinsville College (published 10/8/2015)
New learning communities set up at Morrinsville College are having good results, in particular for one young student called Maraea Hopa-Cribb. “I got a good boost for this year. I don’t want to miss a day - I love school, especially when Mr Inger’s here.”

Whakatane High students living the Silicon Valley dream (published 27/7/2015)
April Fools’ Day 2015 couldn’t have started better for 13 Whakatane High School senior digital technologies students embarking on the first leg of their Silicon Valley tour, during the term one school holidays.  

Information and inspiration: secondary teachers talk about engineering (published 27/7/2015)
Teachers from Auckland Girls’ Grammar say students, staff, and families all have a role in learning more about pathways into engineering careers. 

Young builder from Wainuiomata shows value of commitment (published 13/7/2015)
Young Hutt Valley builder Sean Ryan’s pathway through school and study has led him to a job he enjoys so much, he says it doesn’t even feel like work.

Flexibility and responsibility gives students a better chance of success (published 29/6/2015)
Students at Inglewood High School in Taranaki have this year been given a flexible day to do practical learning which gives them broader career and study options and keeps them engaged in school.

Critical skills apply everywhere (published 15/6/2015)
Recently Paraparaumu College, in response to feedback, held their inaugural ‘Good Learner Week’, designed to re-focus teachers and learners on transferable skills. 

100% effort at Aranui High (published 18/5/2015) 
Aranui High School recently celebrated a 100% pass rate in NCEA Level 1 and 2 among their Pasifika students. Principal John Rohs explains how the effort to create cultural connections has brought the Aranui community together, and is fostering results, of both the measurable and more abstract kind.

That Eureka moment (published 20/4/2015)
Hadleigh Frost and Lara Sweetapple say entering the Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards helped them appreciate the need to communicate their passion for science to the world.

Keeping learning real: STEM retention and engagement (published 09/3/2015)
Sutapa (Su) Mukund, a science and biology teacher at Papatoetoe High School, was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching. Su reports that educators in the US are leaning in the same direction as those back here, recognising that engagement is key to retention.

Making the waka go faster (published 09/2/2015)
When Peter Kaua, principal of Wanganui City College, was asked what kind of assistance he wanted to help boost Māori achievement in his school, his response was ‘the support of an outrigger.’

Cashmere High School a finalist in global energy competition (published 09/2/2015)
A team from Christchurch’s Cashmere High School recently made the shortlist finals in a prestigious global energy sustainability competition, after helping cut electricity usage at their school by almost one third.

At the heart of the school (published 09/2/2015)
Ricky Prebble, from Wellington East Girls’ College, talks about the Māori History in School Curriculum project that he is helping to lead, and plans afoot to construct a wharenui that will become the heart of his school’s effort to reflect the principles of biculturalism with more than words.

Mentoring Māori youth through film (published 26/1/2015)
Young Māori students at Gisborne Boys’ High School are forging successful careers in the film industry thanks to a programme called Mentoring Māori Youth Through Film.

The Taro Patch: Pasifika success at Westlake Boys’ High School (published 08/12/2014)
A community focus has successfully lifted achievement and integration among Pasifika students at Westlake.

At the cutting edge: WEGC in Silicon Valley (published 08/12/2014)
The best way to confirm for students that the caricature of the cliché IT worker should have been left in the last century is to get on the plane, says Cris Roughton of Wellington East Girls’ College.

Making waves in education through teamwork (published 10/11/2014)
The Ministry of Education’s Vocational Pathways programme was recognised for its efforts at collaboration when it recently won the Drake New Zealand Government Partnerships category in the 2014 AUT Business School Excellence in Business Support Awards.

Enterprise learning for the 21st century (published 13/10/2014)
The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme is now a hallowed institution in enterprise learning; like all successful businesses, the scheme continues to evolve and remain relevant. Simon Murray, head of business at Pakuranga College, sees the scheme as an exciting model of future learning.

Incubating the business leaders of tomorrow (published 13/10/2014)
Massey University recently played host to a group of senior secondary students who had their eyes well and truly opened to the reality – and exciting possibilities – of the business world.

Enrichment with mana (published 13/10/2014)
The Reading Enrichment Programme (REP) at One Tree Hill College was developed from a reading support initiative set up by past principal Anne Dunphy and businessman Harvey Alison, representing the Penrose Rotary Club.

Supplementary support for accelerating students’ learning moves to secondary (published 22/9/2014)
Accelerated Learning in Literacy and Mathematics (ALL and ALiM) has proven to be a highly effective, targeted support for accelerating students at primary school level; the initiative is now being trialled among junior secondary students at 10 schools throughout the country.

An explosion of opportunity (published 28/7/2014)
On 30 June, the sixth vocational pathway – Creative Industries – was launched. Through this new pathway, creative-minded students can gain the same foundation NCEA qualifications as students already learning through the existing vocational pathways.

Leaving the past in the past (published 30/6/2014)
They often say there’s something in the water in Tokoroa, given the small South Waikato town’s ability to produce sporting stars. Now this success seems to be rubbing off onto educational outcomes and opportunities for the students of Tokoroa High School.

Names, numbers, needs: ART in action (published 30/6/2014)
This month, deputy principal of South Otago High School Paul McDowall speaks about tailoring learning to the economic needs of the region, and more importantly, to individual students.

Imagining career futures (published 3/6/2014)
Traditional academic programmes of learning aren’t for everyone. There are as many paths to career fulfilment as there are individual students. Vocational Pathways help educators develop contextualised learning programmes and facilitate connections to further study, training or work.

Financial fluency: a community concern (published 5/5/2014)
A group of Auckland schools are integrating financial literacy education into their curriculum to help students become more money wise. The cluster share the vision of “financially fluent students, teachers, and parents."

Communities championing success (published 14/4/2014)
Bay of Islands College is a worthy example to all schools on the efficacy of community engagement and targeted intervention. The school's involvement in the Achievement 2013-2017 initiative has led them to identify and support students at risk of not passing NCEA level 2.

Building leadership from the middle (published 10/3/2014)
Middle leadership is a role that’s evolved substantially in recent times. Westlake Boys’ High School teacher Rachel Peak and collaborators have demonstrated a willingness to tackle the challenges that this evolution entails, to develop a successful middle leadership development programme.

A leap into life (published 24/2/2014)
Darfield High students strengthen ties with the French through language and gain an authentic learning opportunity in the bargain.

Getting science out there (published 10/2/2014)
This article describes how staff at Linwood College in Christchurch made effective use of the resources that LENScience offer.

In school and on the right path (published 27/1/2014)
Youth crime statistics are falling, and Youth Court Judge Andrew Becroft sees the connection between low crime rates and programmes such as Positive Behaviour for Learning that keep students in school.

Published on: 01 May 2011