NCEA Questions.

Last Monday evening we held a community evening to explain what learning would look like at Rolleston College next year and how what we are doing prepares our learners for NCEA and beyond. The main idea that I was wanting to convey was the fact that we have unacceptable levels of stress being experienced by … More NCEA Questions.

Big Rocks.

Over the school holiday break I came across, for the first time, Steven Covey’s Big Rocks analogy. Put simply this analogy explains how our lives are made up of big rocks, pebbles and sand. Big rocks are the really important aspects of our lives, the pebbles are also important but less so and the sand … More Big Rocks.

Be Brave, Be Kind.

The dawn of every new term brings the prospect of new challenges and new opportunities and, as we look forward to Term 4 of our first year, the opportunities that lie before us are not only relate to the rest of this year but are also linked to preparing for 2018 and the challenges of … More Be Brave, Be Kind.

Learner Invasion.

It is the first day of the school holidays, it is a beautiful sunny Canterbury day and Langhorne Slim is the music of choice. It is a nice day to be in at school, it is quiet and almost tranquil. A great day to catch up on the numerous jobs that don’t quite get finished … More Learner Invasion.

Art For a Purpose.

Over the course of this year we have selected a small number of art works [in some cases the term ‘art’ can only be used in the most general sense] that we have framed and hung around the school because we believe that they either indicate an important aspect/event in our history or because they … More Art For a Purpose.

The Surprising Truth About Learning in Schools.

There is always a danger about referencing any external perspective as it could be perceived that you totally endorse all that is said or written. I don’t necessarily agree with everything in this Ted Talk but I do find it refreshingly straight forward, clear and lucid. It is American but still it provides a very … More The Surprising Truth About Learning in Schools.