There was a buzz in the air as about 300 secondary school musicians filed into the Town Hall ready to show their talents in a Dunedin tradition - the Otago Secondary Schools Music Festival.
John McGlashan College pupil Liam Kernaghan is in piping hot form after becoming the first Highland bagpiper in the school's history to reach A-grade status.
Logan Park High School pupil Alec Dawson's essay on "the struggle of priority and values confronting us all" has won the Dunedin teenager a top Commonwealth writing award.
New anti-bullying resources released by the Ministry of Education this month are "completely misguided", Balclutha-based New Zealand Principals Federation president Paddy Ford says.
Homing pigeon racing is a minority sport, but Thomas Bishop never feels lonely because he is always surrounded by his birds.
When Nanae Sato came to New Zealand to study at Columba College, she could barely speak a word of English.
"The first first time I performed on stage . . . I was terrible. I forgot my lines, I laughed, I stood in the wrong places, I even knocked someone over."
If the goal of a school field trip is to stimulate interest in a subject, then a recent Columba College trip to China was a huge success.
The truth is out there - and according to Kavanagh College pupil Kylie Price, it comes in the form of country music.
You probably all know this great saying - "We're all unique! Just like everyone else". So which is it? Are we unique or are we all just like everyone else? Let's look at it this way.
Three Otago secondary school pupils joined 45 others from around the country at a forum in Wellington to share ideas on sustainability