It was a damp Sunday last weekend and with no Premier league on this weekend it was a perfect time to catch up on some of the articles that have come into my Twitter account recently. The first one was an article titled, “Re- Imagine Space For Learning”  by Alastair Blyth. As I am the principal … More Impatience.

A History, so far

What follows is a brief visual history of the development of Rolleston College. Early 2015 Pete Buyers took this picture when he first heard of where the new College was to be built.   November 4, 2015 Groundwork is well underway. December 3, 2015 As the end of the year grew close the buildings started to … More A History, so far

International Lessons.

Just before Christmas I was able to enjoy a few days holiday in Noosa, Australia. While there I came across an article in one of the Sunday newspapers expressing concern about the current plight of the Australian education system. It was based on the results of the most recent PISA testing. The PISA tests are … More International Lessons.


I know, this is a strange title for a blog, especially when we are only a matter of weeks away from opening the College but it is a concept that I believe is hugely underestimated and misunderstood. All too often it is seen as something bad and to be avoided. It would be far more … More Fail.

The Introduction Document

Earlier in the year we produced a booklet to introduce Rolleston College to our community. It introduced the key elements to how we plan to structure the learning at the college. It has proven to be a very useful booklet and one that has encouraged plenty of positive discussion. Rolleston College FINAL (1)

T’aint What You Do.

Last week I attended the #edchatnz conference, outstandingly organised by Danielle Myburgh and warmly hosted by Rototuna Junior High. Thanks to everyone involved. As with any effective conference this one made me think about a wide range of things and what follows is a fairly random collation of these thoughts. The dominant idea that seemed … More T’aint What You Do.