Category Archives: Education

Getting kids ready for school

Your child may be starting school for the first time, moving on to middle school/intermediate or high school, or may be changing schools. How do you get them ready? School is such a big part of a child’s life, and adjusting to a school environment …

The Science of Christmas

We may not have the snowflakes, chimney (well most of us in Christchurch don’t anymore!) or the appropriately attired Father Christmas, but we do have a uniquely Kiwi Christmas. Here are a few science-based facts on Christmas to share with your kids (or colleagues). 1.   …

Much Ado About Shakespeare

Much Ado About Shakespeare By Donovan Bixley Upstart Press Paperback $34.99 A light-hearted telling of the life of William Shakespeare, told in short, entertaining paragraphs, matched with quotes from his work. The text is paired with splendid full-page illustrations full of action, showing Shakespeare as …

The science of magic

What’s the difference between magic and science? Not much! In fact, all magic tricks are based on scientific principles. Scientists aren’t very good at keeping secrets though – the processes of what they’ve done are often just as important as the answers they discover. Here …

Choosing the right high school for your child

A school’s true nature is found beyond the marketing, the glossy tours and the slick statistics. Here’s how to find it: There’s a lot to consider when choosing a high school for your child. It’s easy to be seduced by stellar reputations, family traditions and …

Reengaging Kids in Maths

Research over the past few decades shows that kids in the Western world are disengaging from mathematics by middle school (intermediate age) and not regaining that interest. The question is, why? University of Sydney researcher Andrew Martin set out to investigate why kids are switching …

The cost of a free education

The right to a free education is a benefit of living in a country like New Zealand, with tax-payer funder privileges. Crown-funded free education in New Zealand cost tax payers $12.3 billion in the 2013/14 financial year, with forecasts suggesting that the 2014/2015 year will …

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Help – my child hates his teacher!

Your child is with his teacher six hours a day for 10-months of year, so it’s important not to underestimate the impact of a child-teacher conflict. In fact, a negative child-teacher relationship can stunt your child’s education and even impact on their future thirst for …