Author Archives: edwin bruce

Girls will be girls

A steel beam easily accessible to students is very tempting. Needless to say, some students did make use of the beam and signs/boardings hastily erected to manage the risk. Who could have predicted that? (Architects where is your common sense?) … Continue reading

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Good to see some student humour…

its is good to see some students have a sense of humour… In a recent assessment that required a degree of self-assessment by the student in response to: Is the report easy to understand? The student wrote “I can understand … Continue reading

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Digital Signage

A side benefit of the new WEGC main block construction included the implementation of a digital signage system. We have 9 screens placed around reception, cafe and over several floors in a central location. Unlike paper notices, emailed notices, WEGC … Continue reading

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“Call us”, Yeah right

Every few weeks I try contacting IRD to deal with an estate. Every few weeks I give up. On their website “This can take 10 weeks.”…  I have been trying for 6  months. Time for an OIA request on responsiveness … Continue reading

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Python in New Zealand

Interesting little publication that found its way to my desk at school. Not surprising given Python is now taught in many secondary schools, and from 2019 I started teaching it at Year 10. Most students prefer Python to Scratch even … Continue reading

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My collection of Student ID cards

The stationery list for computer science students includes earphones. Out of 25 students, 9 did not bring them (36%). I allocate them providing I have a student ID card or Snapper card or even an EFTPOS card in one case. … Continue reading

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Why do you want my DoB?

On several occasions when asked for details of my name, address, dob, etc… I have asked why? Employees reaction is typical “Because we have to collect this information”. I get the impression that staff think I am being rude, difficult … Continue reading

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