Te Kete Ipurangi Navigation:

Te Kete Ipurangi

Te Kete Ipurangi user options:

New Zealand Curriculum Online navigation


Secondary Education Gazette stories

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

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.

2013 and 2012 Gazette stories

Listening to learners (published 25/11/2013)
Daniel Murfitt, principal of Napier’s William Colenso College, attended the WISE (World Innovation Summit for Education) Awards in Doha, Qatar, with support from the Ministry of Education.

Learning at the crossroads (published 25/11/2013)
The first graduates of the Diploma in Middle Schooling are putting their newly acquired knowledge into action. Education Gazette spoke to two teachers who consider the diploma essential learning for all middle school educators.

Building bridges (published 11/11/2013)
Shared practice workshops, held in October 2013, encouraged schools to engage with the Achievement 2013–2017 initiative, which is designed to accelerate NCEA Level 2 achievement and implement the Vocational Pathways.

The Pride Guide: PB4L at Porirua College (published 12/8/2013)
Positive behaviour is key to a successful learning environment, and with this in mind, Wellington’s Porirua College is fostering real change using Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) School-Wide.

Working together to provide Vocational Pathways opportunities (published 15/7/2013)
A group of secondary schools in Southland and West Otago has found a way to provide new courses using Vocational Pathways for their students.

A passion for art and music (published 17/6/2013)
In reflecting on an integrated curriculum project, Sam Cunnane, head of Fraser High School’s Arts Faculty, highlights the features of effective pedagogy as outlined in the Social Sciences BES.

Looking behind the data at Queen Charlotte College (published 6/5/2013)
Seeing the student behind the data is key to decision-making at Queen Charlotte College. Pauline Scanlan talks to principal Tom Parsons and his leadership team about what this means.

Providing options for a compulsory subject (published 25/3/2013)
Subjects like mathematics and science are broken into specified topics for senior secondary students, so why can’t the same happen for English? Kate Bleasdale learned about Onehunga High School’s experience refining their English programmes to help inspire learning.

Shaun Markham – a reluctant stand-out (published 11/2/2013)
From day one at secondary school, Shaun Markham did everything in his power not to stand out because of his disability. Today, as King’s High School dux, he stands out because of his abilities and determination to show others what people with disabilities can do.

Linking Stage Challenge® experiences to NCEA credits (published 27/8/2012)
Stage Challenge® and J Rock™ performances are a huge part of some schools’ calendars. The popular events encourage learners to get creative with dance, costuming, and unique themes to create a short stage production set to music.

Group of film challenge students.

Sustainability film challenge links to the curriculum (published 18/6/2012)
The Outlook for Someday film challenge is working in collaboration with the Education for Sustainability team at Auckland Council to provide two downloadable resources showing how the film challenge connects directly with vision, values and learning outcomes of The New Zealand Curriculum.

2011 and 2010 Gazette stories

Student with defence force member.

Service academies are transforming student lives (published 7/11/2011)
A recent Education Review Office study of service academies is confirming what many students, teachers, family and whanau already know – service academies are transforming lives socially, academically and physically.

Three students at computer.

Careers mentors deal with tyranny of distance (published 25/9/2011)
Taipa Area School is using distance learning technology to engage students in a science and engineering careers education programme.

Teacher with apprenctice.

Trades academies hold promise for Pasifika (published 19/9/2011)
The Youth Guarantee is a suite of initiatives aimed at lifting achievement for all students, particularly Māori, Pasifika and special education students.

Two people looking at computer.

Benchmark boost for career education (published 5/9/2011)
Careers New Zealand will launch the country’s first career education benchmarks for secondary schools in term 4.

Apprentice working on car.

Trades academies (published 8/8/2011)
Trades Academy students forge career pathways with support from secondary and tertiary sectors.

Logo of NZQA.

Professional Development - Opportunities for secondary teachers at NZQA (published 8/8/2011)
Many educationalists have furthered their teaching careers and professional development by working at NZQA.

Teacher with student.

Special education career incentive for high-school students (25/7/2011)
 In an exciting Ministry of Education initiative, school students interested in careers in speech language therapy or sign language interpreting can now apply for scholarships.

Students performing on stage.

Stage Challenge (published 7/6/2011)
Performance events such as Stage Challenge and Smokefreerockquest allow students to showcase their creative strengths, and learn a lot at the same time.

Waihi students in techology class.

Making stuff makes learning real (published 9/5/11)
Students love technology, especially when it leads to making useful stuff. They enjoy it even more when the skills they get, and the stuff they make, has real-world relevance.

Putting assessment in context (published 26/4/11)
Draft level 2 assessment resources will be published next month to support teachers with designing their year 12 teaching and learning programmes.

Portrait of Angela Hawkins and Irene Bennett.

Cluster PD in level 1 maths and stats (published 26/4/11)
Schools and teachers in Auckland and Northland have been getting together in departments and local clusters to work with the realigned NCEA Level 1 standards in mathematics and statistics.

Portrait of Adie Graham

Pathways to the future: Career education in schools (published 11/4/11)
Secondary schools advisor and professional development facilitator Adie Graham is a passionate advocate of learning and career pathway guidance in schools.

Students working in science class.

Learning science in context (published 28/3/11)
Tomorrow’s scientists choose what they will study today.

Students kayaking on river.

Learning journey on eel trail (published 28/3/11)
Kuranui College students in the Wairarapa took a close look at one of the important taonga of their region recently – the Raumahunga River.

Ormiston Senior College.

Schools of the future (published 14/3/11)
Te Kura Kaupapa Māori O Whangaroa and Ormiston Senior College in Auckland lead the way in environmental design, with five-star ratings from the Green Building Council.

Students Kayla Thomas and James Drake

Lifting literacy learning in secondary school classrooms (published 14/3/11)
Students require specific literacy knowledge, skills and attitudes in order to meet the reading and writing demands of the curriculum.

Year 10 students with project

Educating for Enterprise (published 28/2/11)
Year 10 students from Waimea College in Nelson complete their school year with a cross-curricular project.

Students in Japanese class.

Click for support - online guides for senior secondary (published 28/2/11)
Teachers from around the country have been working with the Ministry writing senior secondary guides for their learning areas and subjects.

Students in discussion.

Filling up the kete with opportunities (published 28/2/11)
Whangarei Girls’ High School has developed an academic coaching programme to help build student pathways to university. (Scroll to bottom of the page.)

Students working at computers.

Pulling down silos enhances inquiry learning (published 31/1/11)
Teachers at Christchurch’s Riccarton High School believe schools have a tendency to ‘silo’ into learning areas. They decided to push themselves outside their own teaching boundaries to encourage their students to take more control of their own learning.

Students on farm.

Schools make vital contribution by trialling assessment resources (published 6/12/10)
A cooperative and coalface approach is paving the way for better use and understanding of NCEA.

Students in classroom.

Senior students seek flexibility (published 22/11/10)
New curriculum, revised standards – now is a great time to review senior secondary teaching programmes.

Students at milling machine.

The challenge of change in senior secondary technology (published 6/9/10)
Next year, the focus of change in technology falls on the senior school, including new achievement standards for Year 11 students. But changes to senior programmes start in the junior school.

Students at building site.

Background to a new future (published 9/8/10)
Academic and trades training options are thriving in the mutually supportive learning environment being created at Hauraki Plains College.

Model wearing designer garment.

Cutting the cloth (published 26/7/10)
Teachers around the country are working hard to ‘gear up’ their students for scholarship success, and the number of technology students gaining scholarships has soared over the past three years.

Sports students running.

Lacing up (published 14/6/10)
A sports expo is a college’s first step in reigniting a culture of sports participation.

Portrait of two students.

Impact learning (published 31/5/10)
Innovations in curriculum delivery give senior secondary students more ownership of their learning.

Students working in classroom.

A taste of reality (published 31/5/10)
Financial capability has become a regular part of the social sciences curriculum at a secondary school.

Western Heights High School students in classroom.

 Great gains made (published 17/5/10)
Staff at a secondary school reflect on the gains made during involvement in Te Kotahitanga, an initiative to lift Māori student achievement.

Group of Aorere College students.

The right way (published 3/5/10)
A secondary school renews its supports for students and is rewarded with a rise in achievement.

Logo for business and enterprise.

Business and enterprise, the business of learning (published 22/2/10)
Business studies will be offered with level 1 NCEA achievement standard qualifications for the first time this year.


From Onehunga to New York (published 22/2/10)
Onehunga High's Business School has taken the new business achievement standards on board.


Enterprising minds (published 22/2/10)
For a school that doesn’t specifically offer business studies, Opotiki College in the Bay of Plenty has enjoyed plenty of success in the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme National Awards in recent years.

Emma Haddock and Dale Wicken studying food technology.

Mixing food, technology and good ideas (published 22/2/10)
Two food technology students from Hastings Girls’ High School have sold the exclusive option to purchase the intellectual property on a product they developed as part of the Enterprising Technology programme.

Teacher with two students.

NCEA trial needs teachers (published 22/2/10)
Secondary schools can get involved in the trialling of the latest NCEA standards and assessment resources.

Two girls reading.

Secondary literacy focus (published 8/2/10)
A teacher professional development initiative embedded within the direction of The New Zealand Curriculum supports secondary teachers to improve student literacy across the curriculum.

Lifting achievement (published 8/2/10)
Teachers were keen to be involved when a Tauranga secondary school entered the Secondary Literacy Project.

Ready and willing (published 8/2/10)
An area school reflects on its participation in the Secondary Literacy Project.

Published on: 01 May 2011