Author Archives: edwin bruce

Student led initiatives in responce to tradegy…

A range of initiatives led by senior students has been instigated in response to 15/3/19 atrocities.  The image above depicts only a small number of the messages posted. A range of assemblies, support groups, and other activities have been arranged. … Continue reading

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Lockdown at schools… some questions?

Has the risk of a shooter at schools increased? Do schools have lockdown plans that are well understood by all staff, students, and whanau? Are lockdown processes and technology up to it? How do you lock down open learning environments? … Continue reading

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DIA – you can do better…

The DIA name change call lines have a standard message along the lines of “call volumes are high, delays etc…”.  And the irritating messages about using their web site. I have a complex nonstandard question so I have no choice … Continue reading

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Pōwhiri – fantastic but would it be culturally insentive to have a translation?

Year 9 students and whanau were welcomed to WEGC with a powerful pōwhiri. Lots of genuine emotion with rousing speeches, singing, and hongi. It did occur to me that for the non-Maori speaking audience some type of translation in real … Continue reading

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School Uniforms – the debate continues…

Interesting article. I am not a great fan of school uniforms, however, there are quite good arguments both for and against uniforms. Where most of the controversy lies is around the edges where a bit of discretion could accommodate students … Continue reading

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IT competancy is useful for weddings and funerals…

I had the joy of walking my daughter down the aisle a few days ago, before switching to a funeral mode for my fantastic father-in-law who unfortunately dies a few days after my daughters’ wedding (age 91). Being able to: … Continue reading

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Should you restrain a student?

Under the current confusing laws – Never is the simple answer, Hmmm could I be taken before the teachers Council for not restraining a student in certain circumstances?

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