Education

Tell Me

What does it feel like to be in love? Is it embarrassing to have sex? Can a grandmother have children? What does LGBT mean? What happens if you don’t feel like having sex? Why do you get pimples? All excellent questions! Tell Me collects questions …

Music on your mind

Registered music therapist DEVIN BROOKS explains how music therapy “reaches into the corners of the brain”, and can have a transformative impact on children, adults and whānau. By KATE BARBER. Beyond merely providing pleasure or transporting us to a different time and place, music can …

Stories saved my life

PAUL RUSSELL explains why stories can open up a world of learning. It is an odd sort of statement to make, but without an education, the life I lead would never have been possible, and without stories, I would have given up on my schooling years …

Learning to like school

When it comes to supporting your child through their transition to school, NATHAN WALLIS urges parents to stop focusing on their academic progress and instead on whether they are “learning to like school”. By KATE BARBER. Regardless of when your little one starts school, it’s …

Starting at six

NATHAN WALLIS explains the advantages of starting school at six. By KATE BARBER. Ready or not, as soon as your little one turns five, it’s time for them to go to school. So deeply ingrained is this cultural assumption, many people accept it without question. …

Great grands

For those children fortunate enough to have grandparents in their lives, the benefits are great – reflects KATE BARBER. In today’s world, many families are dispersed about the globe; and so the relationship between grandparents and their mokopuna may be anchored by weekly Skype sessions. But, …

Support for adult students

Looking to upskill, make a career change, or study for the first time since high school? With a broad range of professional development courses, flexible study options and excellent support services, the University of Canterbury is a great choice for adult students – whether it’s …

New career combines management skills plus tech

Chemical Engineering graduate and mum of two, Julia Pye worked in the food and beverage manufacturing industry for over twenty years, from product development to packaging design, process optimisation and operations management. When Julia found out about SHIFT she realised her substantial management skills could …