The number of senior pupils leaving Dunedin secondary schools to join the workforce next year is expected to drop dramatically in light of a down-turn in the economy, principals say.
There's something about bugs that gives most people the jitters. But there's no place for insecticides in Morgan Shields' life - he loves creepy crawlies.
A fine voice plus a sense of adventure have equated to a position at one of the world's top 10 cathedral choirs for a Dunedin maths teacher.
Installing security cameras on school grounds is one of several measures being investigated by the Taieri College board of trustees in response to allegations of bullying at the school.
School trips are being cancelled and claims for financial assistance are on the rise as parents begin to feel the pinch of the present financial climate.
While health and safety concerns and increased costs are prompting many schools around the country to cancel the traditional school camp, Otago schools are bucking the trend.
After three years' teaching at Kings High School, Lawrence Tagaloa is taking his work behind bars.
Ben Mulholland's iPod Super Dock may have been nothing more than "a means to an end" when he started building it, but the invention has won the Taieri College pupil a trip to the International Science and Technology Fair in Taiwan.
There was not a little green man in sight when Port Chalmers pupils had the photos from their upper atmosphere developed yesterday, but they did capture New Zealand from a height.
Children's log, star date 13-12-08: Port Chalmers School pupils have taken one giant leap for primary education and sent a probe to the final frontier - space.
"All in all, it's just another coat of paint on the door."
Seldom does a silver award qualify you to say you are first. But Otago Girls High School showed it could be done at the Otago EnviroSchools Awards ceremony at the Skeggs Gallery yesterday.
The New Zealand Principals Federation has labelled the Government's bid to set national literacy and numeracy standards "totally unnecessary" and wants to work with the Ministry of Education to make sure no extra testing is put in place.
"She's gotta have good conformation - that means she has to be structurally sound, able to walk well, have good feet, good legs . . . and good wool."
Taieri Community Facilities Trust deputy chairman Geoff Woodcock and several parents of children being bullied at Taieri College believe antisocial behaviour inside the school is beginning to spill out into the local community.
Donna Munro, the mother of a 16-year-old girl with cerebral palsy, said she was forced to remove her daughter from Taieri College in July because the school failed to protect her from bullying.
A fight which led to an armed offenders squad (AOS) call-out in Port Chalmers on Sunday afternoon resulted in two family members being arrested, Dunedin police say.
Parents of pupils at Tomahawk School are concerned about the safety of their children as the Ministry of Education forces the school to re-enrol a "dangerous" pupil.
While denying there is a culture of bullying at Taieri College, the chairman of the school's board of trustees chairman is concerned about pupil safety and has pledged to investigate the alleged assault of a pupil at the school on Tuesday.
"They said they would climb in his bedroom window, tie him up and torture him. He was worried about it - he was worried that it could happen."