“When my mother saw how well I was doing at school it encouraged her to go to university and to train as an early childhood teacher. Next year we will be at university together.” That was Andrea Kapetini, Endeavour Scholar and Deputy Head Girl of St Cuthbert’s College in 2010.  Last year Andrea was one of the 28 Maori and Pasifika students who attend the College as members of the Endeavour Programme, a programme that has changed the lives of students and their families and has had a marked effect on the schools involved.


When asked to reflect on teaching and learning and how things have developed over the past 20 years or so, I recalled two paradigms, which dominated thinking on secondary school organisation and curriculum some 30 years ago.

The first was the commonly held belief in New Zealand Ministry of Education and political circles that effecting any single change in New Zealand Secondary Schools would take about 20 years.  Without delving into the reasons for that thinking, because that would take up more words than permitted in this brief, that belief meant that change in curriculum was constrained somewhat in those times.
The second which stood out for me was the statement, made proudly by teaching colleagues in France, that at any given time of the school day, the Minister of Education could look at his watch and proclaim that every student in France would now be studying (e.g. Mathematics) at this moment. Vive central control!


Over 400 people entered, there were only 10 places available and only one person managed to snag a place from Wellington; Ashna Basu, a Year 12 student at Queen Margaret College.


The measles outbreaks in Auckland and Waikato are mainly affecting unimmunised school children.

By 8 August, 175 measles cases had been reported this year, including 19 who needed hospital treatment.  Most cases were in the Auckland region, although 24 cases were reported in Hawke's Bay this year.  Most recently, 12 cases have been reported in the Waikato region, mainly around Te Awamutu.


New Zealand Qualifications Authority has completed its review of the University Entrance (UE) requirement.  From 2014 there will be a new UE requirement for entry in 2015.

The new UE requirement will continue to be the minimum requirement for entry to university.  "The new requirement, while not a radical change, does raise the bar for university entrance", Mr Haque said.

NZQA Deputy Chief Executive Qualifications, Bali Haque, said the review had recommended five proposed changes to the UE requirement.  The changes ad been made in consultation