Rolleston Christian School

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Principal’s Blog

Learning to think critically

Someone asked me recently what my favourite age to teach is. My experiences of teaching different age groups have been in quite different contexts, but my favourite teaching years were while I was teaching Year 3 and 4s.  My main reason for enjoying this was the development that occurs at that age in children’s ability to think […]

Working positively with teachers

I went to a course early last term and a phrase was said that continues to stick in my mind – “Don’t get furious, get curious”.  I have been in two further workshops with the same presenter and she often refers to this phrase. The reason the phrase sits so strongly in my mind is […]

Help your child learn to read

As a young teacher I taught Year 7 students at a large intermediate in Auckland. The majority of our students were well below the expected level of achievement for their age, particularly in reading. I recall asking one parent “Do you read to your son?” and I don’t think I will ever forget her response; […]

Learning at Home Projects

‘Homework’ is always a fascinating point of debate in primary schools. The way the New Zealand system is set up relies on quality learning happening both at school and at home. The types of learning that occur in these places need to be different but complimentary, making the most of the unique contexts and the specialised […]

Love and School

I was speaking to friend recently that mentioned how working with kids is such an important role, because we have the opportunity to teach children what it means to value manaakitanga (extending love) in a world that desperately needs more love. It really got me thinking about the role love has to play in a […]


One of my favourite things about my friends having babies and small children is watching, in amazement, as they grow and develop at a rapid pace. The changes that take place in these small children, and in such a short space of time, really blows me away. If I see a friend from a different […]

Shaping the Skills our Students Need

Dennis Marshall and I went to a two day seminar last week run by the Canterbury Primary Principals Association. We were able to visit a couple of other schools, where we were challenged and inspired by some of the fantastic things that are happening in schools around Christchurch. The second day of the seminar was […]

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