About 40 pupils in years 3 and 4 start their new life of learning at Queenstown's cutting-edge primary school today.
Large-scale educational reforms carried out from the "top down" are prone to over-correction. The liberal reforms of the 1920s and 1930s were a reaction against 19th-century utilitarianism.
The rolls of nearly half of Dunedin's schools have slipped to their lowest or second lowest level in a decade, despite rolls across the region marginally increasing.
Learning his pupils would soon have greater, faster access to the internet was "fantastic" news yesterday for King's High School principal Dan Reddiex.
A traditional primary school instrument of choice - the recorder - was set aside this week as about 400 Dunedin pupils picked up ukuleles for the Ukulele Kids' Jam.
A third of New Zealand's schools are using hand driers that are potentially leaving children's hands dirtier than when they left the toilet cubicle.
On the outside, it is just another big rig.
About 40 primary, intermediate and secondary school pupils competed in the Lions Zone 4 speech competition held on Sunday.
Macandrew Intermediate School's Board of Trustees will meet next week to reassess its position in its battle against the Ministry of Education's National Standards.
It came down to "indigenous".
Nearly 600 pupils forming 22 choirs from 17 secondary schools in Otago and South Canterbury, add up to the largest secondary schools choral festival the region has hosted.
They are bigger than they look on television but only half as frightening.
The three Oamaru secondary schools are continuing their campaign to promote safe socialising, bringing a representative from drugs awareness organisation MethCon Group to town next week.
Most Dunedin schools are operating without fire sprinkler systems, because they cannot afford them, principals say.
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.
A hangi to celebrate Matariki at Brockville School sparked an embarrassing fire service and police callout yesterday.
Spectators will be breath tested at a school rugby game in Christchurch later this month but the practice will not be heading south.
It was year 9 and 10s turn to be examined in the Otago Daily Times Extra! spelling quiz last night in Timaru.
A sudden-death spell-off decided the years 5 and 6 competition at the annual Otago Daily Times Extra! Central South Island spelling quiz held at Timaru Boys' High School last night.
Members of the Southern Steel netball team visited schools in Milton, Balclutha and Clinton yesterday, as part of the "Click it" road safety campaign.