Author Archives: edwin bruce

Typewriters are fun apparently

See at WEGC retro workshop. I got the typewriter from the “treasures” shop at the WCC rubbish tip. Advertisements

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Schools need strategic HR management function

With teacher shortages, staff retention issues, increasing stress levels etc it may be time for schools to embrace the role of strategic Human Resources (HR). If they do not have the skills or cannot afford it, this may be an … Continue reading

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Trust – Hard to gain, easy to lose.

  Sadly this type of bullying occurs in schools. The thoughtlessness of a few impacts the victim and reflects (unfairly) on the entire school. Thankfully this callous act was brought to the attention of the right people.

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“Stationary Lists” – can they include apps?

I have been reviewing the stationery list for Digital Technologies classes. I can see the possibility that using the Adobe suite may not be affordable by the school in the future which leaves several options… Use Open Source – GIMP … Continue reading

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Vulnerable Children’s Act – Pointy Questions

I have recently been involved interviewing applicants for a role at Wellington East Girls College. For the first time, I have encountered the implications of the Vulnerable Children’s Act when recruiting staff. These including some reasonably direct questions regarding the … Continue reading

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Stressed out students?

There seems to have been quite a lot of media attention on stress levels of secondary students lately. It is not unusual for 10% of a college roll to be seeing councillors. Of course on a spectrum, there will be relatively … Continue reading

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Pay rates low and volunteer work expected?

Recently read … (full article here) “Heads must stop expecting young, enthusiastic teachers to volunteer for extra, unpaid work. It is commonplace (in teaching) to expect things to be done for free that in the commercial world everyone would expect to be … Continue reading

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