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Good Morning Mrs Nu’u


My name is: Michaelene Nu’u. I teach at: Aka Aka School, Waiuku, Counties Manukau. Year Levels: Years 7 and 8 (oh and I’m the Principal). As a teacher I am most proud of:  Getting a grip on work/life balance…most of the time! Favourite letter of the alphabet?  F…it’s just so... Read more

Good Morning Mrs Jull


My name is: Tania Jull. I teach at: Puahue School, Te Awamutu. Year Levels: Years 2/3 As a teacher I am most proud of:  Seeing the excitement on faces as the kids are engaged in their learning and knowing I am part of their learning journey. Favourite letter of the... Read more

Good Morning Miss Sabin


My name is:  Sara Sabin I teach at:  Sunnyvale School, Henderson, Auckland My Year Level/s:  5 and 6 As a teacher I am most proud of: Being able to wake up every day, knowing that I am making a difference to the future generation of our country. I get so... Read more

Good Morning Mrs Campbell


My name is: Steph Campbell I teach at: Hutt Central School Year Levels: 5/6 As a teacher I am most proud of:  My will to keep innovating for the special children I teach. Spontaneity or Planning? Bit of both, but planning goes out the window when spontaneous learning is much... Read more

Good Morning Mrs Grant


I teach at: Mountview School, Taupo. Year Levels:  6, 7 & 8 As a teacher I am most proud of:  Seeing the kids in my class becoming more collaborative, responsible and aware of the world. Favourite letter of the alphabet? J, K & L – all of the special people... Read more

Good Morning Mrs Botherway!


I teach at: Marian Catholic School (Hamilton) Your Year Level/s: 5/6 As a teacher I am most proud of: The awesome kids that I get the pleasure of helping strive to reach goals and having a platform to promote passion for learning. Favourite letter of the alphabet? Z Spontaneity or Planning?... Read more

CLASS-ified: Thank you for the magic!


  We’d like to extend a mighty big THANK YOU to all of those classrooms who participated in CLASS-ified for 2017! This year we paired 200 city and country classrooms around New Zealand for this Mystery Skype-styled challenge. From the most remote parts of the Far North to Remuera, the Chatham... Read more

Trucking on with your SVA Class Service Project


Dear Platoons We hope you’ve kicked that Mondayitis to the curb and are amped to tackle Term 3 and all the awesome challenges (like cross country), heading your direction.  There’s nothing quite like a barefoot, mid-winter, stomp in the mud to blast those Winter bugs out of the class!... Read more

Osmosis for your Classroom


Last month we rolled out a groovy new kit all about hydration and osmosis geared at years 6-8.  We developed the kit in conjunction with Healthy Active Kids and launched it with the added perk of a class set of drink bottles which 8000 kids across Aotearoa are now enjoying.... Read more

Check out these new science resources!


  We just felt the need to clarify something. When we launch a new set of resources, we often do with a tangible kit of some sort.  These kits correspond with some of the ideas inside the accompanying Teacher Guide but they’re not essential. What we mean is the... Read more

Some showstopper ideas for a class service project


Dear Platoons Right now there are close to 32,000 kids in 1000 classrooms across New Zealand who have unwrapped their Student Volunteer Army (SVA) kits and are full steam ahead planning their class service projects. It’s so very cool to think about the collective good about to be injected into... Read more

To the teachers of Edgecumbe: We salute you


We were planning a bit of a gloaty post to kick start our newly energised blog this week.  Then we visited Edgecumbe and we decided that it could most definitely wait.  We were pretty shocked.  As I’m sure you all recall the town was flooded on 6 April when... Read more

There’s something about Mary…


I read about a made up game the other day that is pretty simple, but also pretty clever. You could totally use this in a classroom and get kids thinking about connections and contrasts. You think of two movie titles that sound similar, or are related in some way,... Read more

How far to roam?


I had a childhood of endless suburban summers in Palmerston North. For those that don’t know, Palmerston North was originally a massive swamp and this meant that it is criss-crossed with a series of drainage creeks and storm water drains. I remember hopping into the creek at the back... Read more

Doors and Poetry


This appeal to me on two counts. Firstly I love doors. When I travel I am drawn to doors for the stories they could tell and for their intricate details. My photos of my OE are frequently interrupted by yet another photo of a door I was drawn to.... Read more

HONY – The Refugee Series


The latest refugee stories on HONY are making for pretty moving reading. So so so sad.  How anyone can read something like this, from real people, and then still argue against accepting refugees, is completely beyond me. My daughter’s class made a shoe box gift  last term and the learning from this... Read more

Time flies


Now this is possibly not the fairest blog post for the beginning of the school holidays particularly after an illness plagued term 3. Do you remember when you were little and the summer holidays seemed to stretch out forever? And now it feels like one decent sleep in and... Read more

Good Morning Steve Mouldey


Your Name: Steve Mouldey Your Year Level/s: Secondary Your Current School: Hobsonville Point Secondary School As a teacher I am most proud of… the little successes that occur everyday – that grin when a new idea finally clicks in for a student. Favourite letter of the alphabet? Would be... Read more