Author Archives: Kelvin Smythe

Marvels amongst the kauri Part 1

I am venturing once again to visit my friend Chris Horne at Glen Eden Intermediate, in appropriately-named Kaurilands, just off Titirangi Road, for further drama inspiration. In my last visit the result was Attacks! 100-103 Magic amongst the kauri based … Continue reading

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Dear Ms Kaye from the NZEI executive (highly confidential)

Dear Ms Kaye from the NZEI executive (highly confidential) NZEI executive Highly confidential Dear Ms Kaye We’re still very excited about your appointment and looking forward to being modernised. We’re quite shivery in anticipation about that one but, in respect … Continue reading

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Terrific media releases: one from a teacher organisation, another from a political party

We have now had 26 years of Tomorrow’s Schools and in all that time, leaving aside national standards, no political party or teacher organisation has advocated a fundamental structural change; that is, one with implications for the philosophy of that … Continue reading

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A heartfelt plea from one of New Zealand’s great principals

Thursday 13th April 2017 Kia ora Former Minister of Education Parata Happy Retirement I would like to wish you well for your remaining months in parliament and on into your next phase of your life. As a principal of a … Continue reading

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In which Pooh looks for a 21st Century Education Part 4

Pooh!’ ‘Yes?’ said Pooh ‘When I’m – when – Pooh!’ ‘I’m not going to do Nothing any more.’ ‘Never again?’ ‘Well not so much. They don’t let you.’ Pooh waited for him to go on, but he was silent again. … Continue reading

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In which Pooh looks for a 21st Century Education Part 3

In Part 2, Pooh, apparently disillusioned with his experience with a 21st Century Education, announced to Piglet that though he didn’t know what it looked like, he was just going to try and catch a Good Education because the century … Continue reading

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In which Pooh looks for a 21st Century Education Part 2

In Part 1, Piglet and Pooh wondered about something called a 21st Century Education; Pooh said he’d found it but, in being asked what it was like, ignored the question, evincing more interest in the honey pot his head was … Continue reading

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