Education

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 …

Building brains

KATE BARBER talks with well-known neuroscience educator NATHAN WALLIS about how children’s brains develop, and why ‘we need to stop treating our four-year-olds like they are seven’. Talking about the brain development of 2-7-year-olds, Nathan provides a crash course on the neurosequential model of the …

All in their heads

We talk with neuroscience educator and director of X-Factor Education NATHAN WALLIS about significant changes in the teenage brain, especially when hormones are thrown into the mix. EMOTIONAL & HORMONAL Ever experienced exasperation because you can’t get your adolescent daughter to rise and shine at …

Education with heart

The oldest primary school in Christchurch, St Michael’s is flourishing as the central city comes back to life. With small co-ed classes taught by specialist teachers, every child is treated as an individual, well known by staff and fellow pupils alike. At the heart of …