Education

10 questions with Emily Writes

Traditions are great for families, so we’re starting one here at Family Times – asking a parent 10 questions. We get dozens of questions each day from our mini-me’s, so what’s 10 more? This issue, popular author EMILY WRITES is in the spotlight. What do you …

Creating a butterfly garden

It’s the year of the butterfly, and MARIA ROMERO is on a mission to raise awareness of the beautiful monarch through school talks, and teaching people how to create welcoming spaces for butterflies. So much can be learnt from the transformation of the caterpillar into …

Mature students thrive at UC

At the UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY, mature students are finding the flexibility and support they need to succeed, even while juggling busy family life. Changing careers can be daunting, particularly when change requires university study. Starting, or returning, to university as a mature student can be …

Learn practical skills and get qualified

Whether you’re interested in agriculture, horticulture, horses or rural animal technology, the NATIONAL TRADE ACADEMY offers school leavers and mature students the opportunity to earn qualifications in a hands-on learning environment. Based just 10 minutes from Christchurch city, NTA provides training and education that leads …

‘Practice makes progress’

JOSH VAN BERKEL considers the true power of practice. According to popular opinion – the number one fear in the world is public speaking – death, is number two.  Which means, (as comedian Jerry Seinfeld once pointed out) if we were given the choice at …

Giving it a go

Head of the Centre for Innovation at St Margaret’s College, LINDA CHONG speaks fervently about inspiring girls to ‘give it a go’ when it comes to technology and innovation. By KATE BARBER The astounding pace of technological change means that many of the jobs that …

What happens after school

Care after school should be safe, structured, stimulating and socially enriching. And fun too! Driven by this conviction, CRAIG FORTUNE founded My After School Headquarters. At MASH, we understand children’s needs and developmental stages; we understand that children need routines and boundaries; and the importance …

Now you’re talking

Using two simple communication tools when talking with your child can make a big impact on their learning, emotional intelligence and behaviour, writes CLAIR EDGELER of BestStart Early Learning Centres. As teachers, the team at BestStart is trained to understand how children learn and the …