New Zealand school stories
Jacqui Duncan found that she lead Cashmere Primary School with renewed enthusiasm after attending an in-depth professional development course.
Janice Tofia has led the staff of Forbury School, in South Dunedin, during a period of regeneration and rebirth. She has used the arts curriculum as a springboard to build self-esteem and improve levels of student motivation and engagement.
Kaitaia Intermediate acting principal Shaun Stevenson is striving with fellow staff to raise student achievement by encouraging children to actively lead their own learning.
Sue Quinnell is leading school curriculum development at Kaipaki School, a family-oriented, country school near Hamilton. Her story focuses on literacy and on the literacy-rich environment of the school.
Joan Middlemiss, one of two principals at Kerikeri High School in Northland, is leading the Te Kotahitanga pilot project in her school with the aim of improving educational outcomes for Māori students.
Lesley Murrihy is leading curriculum change and fostering contextual numeracy skills at Manunui Primary, a decile 1 school on the main highway a few kilometres outside Taumarunui.
Colin Dale is leading change at Murrays Bay Intermediate, a decile 10 school located between Milford and Browns Bay on Auckland's North Shore. Colin empowers staff and students to take leadership roles and encourages his staff to use teaching strategies that support how children learn.
Colin McDonald is leading Morrinsville Intermediate, a decile 6 school that has questioned what structural and pedagogical changes are necessary to enhance student learning in the digital age.
Led by Mark Gifkins, real change has occurred at Parkvale School in Hastings by reflecting on how teachers teach, and by bringing children into the process of teaching and learning.
Nayland College principal Charles Newton is anticipating the future and harnessing the power of digital data.
Karen Douglas at Southern Cross Campus senior school took a ‘no excuses’ approach to student management, and academic improvement followed.
Tamaki College wanted to regain the confidence of its community. Past principal of the college, David Hodge, looks at methods used to raise academic achievement across the school during his time there.
Arihia Stirling discusses how data improves professional knowledge.