New Zealand school stories
by Eric Shaw
Eric Shaw, principal of Highlands Intermediate School in New Plymouth, says that one of the most important and enjoyable roles he has as a principal is developing leadership within the school.
by Madeleine East
In her project principal Madeleine East writes about how a team of younger staff led the development of realigning the school’s curriculum delivery with The New Zealand Curriculum.
by Marcus Freke
Learning conversations are a key strategy used at Vardon School to strengthen teaching practice and improve learning outcomes. Principal Marcus Freke outlines the school’s learning conversations framework in this report.
by Pip Wells
Principal Pip Wells writes about how she managed her key priorities as the new principal: forming positive relationships with the community, focusing on learning, and building a strong professional team.
by Kay Tester
In this report principal Kay Tester explains the impact that the Ariki Project has had on her professional practice and that of her staff.
by Mike Bain
Te Mata School is one of 16 Hawke’s Bay schools that took part in the Practice-based Attestation (PBA) Project. Principal Mike Bain explains how the project supported the implementation of teacher inquiry at his school.
by Bernadette Newlands
At Macandrew Bay School the revised New Zealand Curriculum was a vehicle for growing leadership capability and strengthening the staff culture of learning together.
by Bill Noble
Principal Bill Noble believes that relationships are central to running an effective school.
by Marilyn Gwilliam
At Papatoetoe Central School principal Marilyn Gwilliam and staff have developed a professional learning programme called Learning Partners where teachers learn with and from each other in a professional learning community.
by Shona Oliver
Even experienced principals find starting at a new school can be a real challenge. In this project report principal Shona Oliver describes her journey towards building a trusting relationship with her new staff.
by Helena Baker
Helena Baker is the principal of Te Kura o Tākaro. She has been involved in leading the community through a curriculum design process.
by Denise Torrey
Denise Torrey describes how adopting Malachi Pancoast’s seven-point plan has led her to having “office days” for management and administration tasks and “coaching days” for in-class observations.