• Are our best students too busy?

    Most adolescents today are busy. For many, the older they get the busier they get. School contributes to this high activity life by making available a wide range of opportunities: sports teams, class trips, school camps, music tuition, overseas trips, drama, leadership courses, fundraising events, leadership roles, social events, music groups, etc.  All of this … Continued

  • School Rules

    Schools are complex organisations. In order to have them operate in an effective manner they tend to have an array of policies, procedures and rules. There has been media coverage recently focusing on disagreements between schools and parents regarding school rules. There is often a broad range of opinions about the validity or importance of … Continued

  • Watch out for winter weather

    The winter season brings with it an increased possibility that they school may have to close due to extreme weather events. Any time the school is closed unexpectedly it causes great disruption to programmes within the school and also for the wider school community who often have to scramble to arrange care for younger students. … Continued

  • Formula for success…

    A journalist once asked Albert Einstein to explain his formula for success. The great scientist thought for a second and then replied, “If A is success, I should say the formula is A = X + Y + Z. X being work and Y being play.” And what is Z? asked the journalist. “Keeping your … Continued

  • “Learn as if you were to live forever”

    When successful people are asked about what it takes to make it to the top in their particular field there is one thing that they all focus on. That thing is ‘Hard work’. Be it in sports, culture or academic pursuits, working hard, and with that perseverance seem to be key. Very few people will … Continued

  • Prime Minister’s Future Scientist Prize

    I had the pleasure of attending the ceremony at Te Papa where Tim Logan was presented with the Prime Minister’s Future Scientist Prize. Also attending were Tim’s parents, grandparents, sisters, as well as George Watson and Mr Baars – a well-deserved celebration. Tim has used his intellect, initiative and enthusiasm for biology to be able … Continued