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I just love using driftwood for art and craft activities. It can be used for so many different projects and has the added benefit of getting to spend…

This air dry clay hand dish makes a great gift for Christmas, Mother’s day or even birthdays. You can make it using your child’s hands, as a keepsake. And teens…

If you’re looking for a super-quirky Christmas decoration project, this one is for you. These candy cane wooden Santa’s are so much fun. You can just rest them…

Last month I made this amazing painted driftwood mirror, that’s the perfect teen craft activity. I ended up with quite a bit of driftwood leftover from this craft, so…

The kids and I love heading to the beach to go scavenging, and always bring home a bag full of beach treasure. Find out how we turned our floatsome…

I’ve just discovered the joy of making my own DIY bottle necklace. The initial idea to make one was because I was thinking about creating some more craft…

This is easy to make, looks fun and would make a great gift. Peppermint oil works well but you could use whatever oil you like the smell of…

Occasionally figures are published regarding how much it costs to raise children. The costs are often eye-watering! One of the major costs for kids is clothes. But clothing…

Anger in teens can be particularly  frightening or upsetting for the adults around them. Teens are at a time of their lives when emotions can overcome them and…

It’s the moment every parent dreads: when your child sits there, glum-faced, looking at a blank piece of paper in front of them. They have a rapidly-approaching deadline…

Movies have been around for more than a century and we have all grown up with them. They have become an integral part of family entertainment, whether they…

Job hunting for the first time – prepare yourself If you haven’t been in paid work before, the process of getting a job can be a bit scary,…

It can be a worrying time trying to help a seemingly unmotivated young person find work. Often the most challenging young people to help are those who have…

An overview article on What is Dyspraxia, including signs and symptoms and what treatment is available. Dyspraxia is broadly defined as a neurological disorder of motor co-ordination that involves…

This is an overview article on what is Dyslexia? Dyslexia is defined in the Dictionary as ‘an impairment or loss of the ability to read’. It comes from…

A diagnosis of autism is perhaps the most difficult a parent can face. Many children with autism live their lives cut off from any real communication with those…

Sensory processing is the mechanism by which we receive sensory messages and turn them into responses. Sensory Processing Disorder occurs when the child either under-responds to sensory stimuli…

Rosemary Murphy overviews the various treatments for ADHD, including medication, drug free options, and diet. 

Of all the learning difficulties, ADHD or Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder is perhaps the one of the most difficult for teachers to manage in the classroom and…

“Polytechnic” is the standard term used to talk about the tertiary education sector that comprises the polytechnics and institutes of technology in New Zealand.

Everyone needs to learn mathematics. Reasons for this include it being a basic necessity in many aspects of our day to day life and essential in most areas…

English is one of two subjects that remain compulsory through to Year 11 and often in Year 12. It is arguably the most important of subjects in…

There are certain subjects at Level Three, in which students — principally in Year 13 — have an opportunity to win scholarship. Scholarship is a monetary award designed to recognize…

We’ve put together a glossary of the language used when talking about NCEA. We hope it will help you to understand your child’s assessment. 

Homework becomes a much more important part of education once your teenager reaches secondary school. It is likely that your son/daughter will have homework every school night until…

Schools should have well set out and organised guidelines and policies on behaviour available to staff, students and parents. 

Assessment in secondary schools has been through a huge change in recent years. Chances are it is poles apart from the way you were assessed when you attended…

Giftedness is having a natural gift for something. We’ve all heard children refered to as “intelligent”, “genius”, “advanced” or “accelerate”. Often what we mean, without realising it or…

Trying to figure out how to transport your child to and from a new school can cause some problems.  Some students are entitled to School Transport help.

An independent school, more commonly known as a private school is another education choice available.  Find out more in our Independent Schools article.

Home schooling is basically just that, educating children in their home rather than in a school environment. Home schooling in New Zealand is also referred to as Home Education.

A glossary is always helpful. Here in our education glossary you can find explanations for all those education terms and anagrams you have heard and read.

Deciles and decile ratings are two terms we as parents hear a lot but what do they mean?  Find out and learn what deciles mean for your child’s…

Choosing a school for your child to attend can be difficult. There are all sorts of you need to know. Read more in our Choosing a School article.

The Board of Trustees is in charge of running the school and making any major decisions.  Learn more about the Board of Trustees in our article.