The tide appears to have turned for Otago secondary schools' national certificate of educational achievement (NCEA) level 3 pass rates.
A hunt for profits could erode the quality of new schools, if a government proposal for public private partnerships (PPP) in the education system is pursued, the Otago branch of the New Zealand School Trustees Association says.
Wataki Boys High School has topped the list of 2009 NCEA pass rates in boys' state secondary schools in New Zealand.
Minister of Education Anne Tolley will officially open Queenstown Primary School's new classroom block today.
More than 500 principals from around the country and Australia will attend the first New Zealand Principals' Federation Conference to be held in Queenstown, during the Winter Festival in late June-early July this year.
Maheno and Weston schools have decided it would not be in their best interests to provide education at the Otepopo School site, in Herbert, as a "second campus".
Kerikeri High School would have suffered significantly less fire damage from a blaze at the weekend and would have reopened today had a sprinkler system been installed, says a Fire Service commander.
School resumed yesterday, and Otago primary and intermediate principals returned to their schools with a renewed focus on how to tackle the Ministry of Education's National Standards.
The quality and passion of teachers improve a pupil's education, not assessment, Arrowtown School board of trustees parent representative Grant McCulloch says.
The Remarkably Calm team from Queenstown Primary School yesterday came second in the inaugural Great Mindball Challenge at Otago Museum's Discovery World in Dunedin.
Concerns raised by the Otago Daily Times about the the Ministry of Health's refusal to provide a privacy impact assessment on the B4 School programme have shown up anomalies which the Office of the Ombudsmen is to raise with the Privacy Commissioner.
The growing prevalence of the choking game in New Zealand schools has prompted the Ministry of Education to circulate a warning to parents and caregivers to be vigilant about the safety of their children during the summer holidays.
Although only 15 people attended a community hui yesterday to discuss moving Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Otepoti from Fairfield to the former High Street School premises in Dunedin, their response was a resounding yes.
A High Court decision on the proposed second campus to cater for 112 St Joseph's School pupils, on Speargrass Flat Rd, near Arrowtown, was reserved after a two-day hearing in Christchurch last week.
The number of Otago secondary schools failing to meet the national average pass rate in all levels of NCEA continues to rise, recently released statistics from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority show.
A large increase in the Paerau School roll in recent weeks has the school board more optimistic about the school's survival.
The texting revolution has damaged the overall ability of New Zealand teenagers to communicate through the spoken or written word, communication studies lecturer Meredith Caisley says.
A school-based programme is being introduced by the Highlanders rugby team this season which will target low-decile primary schools and deliver messages around healthy eating and physical activity.
Seven Otago secondary school pupils will receive the Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award gold certificates at a ceremony in Christchurch this weekend.