What are we?

Below is the transcript of my Year 10 Prize giving speech. This time last year I stood here to give the Principal’s address at our first prize-giving. It brought to an end a year of firsts. Everything we did was a first. Well we are not new anymore, we are here. So at the end … More What are we?

DisruptED. NZ

Last Friday I spent the day in Auckland with five other Principals. All six of us are Principals of secondary schools [2 Canterbury, 2 Auckland, 1 Taranaki and 1 Waikato] that exist in a change environment. This was the second time that we had come together to share stories about leading change in a secondary … More DisruptED. NZ


Last year, at this time of the year, we launched an initiative that we titled ‘Be Brave Be Kind,’ our intention was to develop among our foundation learners confidence in themselves as individuals that could then play a part in making the lives of those around them just a little bit better. More specifically it … More Kindness…why?

Creating Community.

The end of another busy term and the chance to grab a few moments for reflection before the onslaught of Term 4. One of the obvious primary needs in establishing a new school is clarifying a shared vision. In previous posts I have talked about the need for a new school to have ‘anchors.’ These … More Creating Community.

Fight of the Owls.

We’ve been busy recently, busy in the barn, preparing for our first year of senior learning in 2019, our first year of NCEA assessment. Inevitably this process has required a good deal of thought and reflection. What does senior learning look like at Rolleston College? What should it look like? What could it look like? … More Fight of the Owls.

NCEA vs Learning.

I must admit to finding the potential offered to us in the current NCEA review to be something not only very important but also very exciting. I do have one concern though. I fear that we are about to go down the same path that we have already gone down. A path that led to … More NCEA vs Learning.

The Disturbing Debate.

There is one aspect of the current national debate around the future of education and the nature of our assessment system that is disturbing me. There seems to be a trend amongst some participants [media and educators] in this important debate to define educators as being in one of two opposing camps. All too often … More The Disturbing Debate.