Posts by Elizabeth Brown

Cook up your dream

Just two days after he left his job as deputy principal and teacher at Christchurch’s Branston Intermediate, Brett McGregor was missing his class. New Zealand’s first Masterchef winner has made what he describes as his toughest-ever decision, and is leaving teaching to pursue his culinary dreams. When he took the Masterchef crown in April the…

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Splendid Isolation

Ask Te Hapua principal Rawiri Wihapi what the worst thing about isolation is and he says “power cuts”. Ask him what the best thing is and he says, “Just look out there.” Te Kura o Te Hapua is the country’s northernmost school. It sits tucked along the shores of Parengarenga Harbour, 103 kilometres from Kaitaia,…

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Burnout? – act before it strikes

Swamped? Exhausted? Awake nights with work on your mind? Fear you might walk out of the class one day, and keep on going? Burnout is marked by anxiety, tiredness, frustration, impaired performance, and a sense of hopelessness” and results from a long period of stress. One description is that the teacher no longer considers themselves…

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