Stress

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Give peace a chance

By Melissa Schwalger 12 July, 2016

  Principals are great people managers. Good leaders have the support and trust of whānau and their working relationships with boards and staff are positive. But good relationships take time…

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Principal overload

By Jane Blaikie 11 November, 2015

It’s no surprise to read that more principals are resigning through stress, burnout and increased liability. The Minister/Ministry continues to run the line that superhero principals can overcome problems in society that…

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Antidotes to anxiety

By Michelle Nixon 30 March, 2015

More and more New Zealand children are being prescribed medication for anxiety disorders, and many remain undiagnosed. – Michelle Nixon reports.   Up to 10-12 percent of children may be…

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Light inside the tunnel

By Michelle Nixon 6 April, 2013

Specialist education staff at the Ministry of Education, who work with some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable children, have settled their collective agreement after making a commitment to “work to…

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Under pressure

By Bianca Zander 23 October, 2010

Putting pedal to the metal of her Suzuki Bandit motorcycle does it for early childhood head teacher Meg Moss. “When you’re riding a motorbike, you have to give it a…

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Time to unwind

By Dave Hansford 6 December, 2009

Kai Iwi Lakes Thirty-five kilometres northwest of Dargaville, the Kai Iwi Lakes” Kai Iwi, Taharoa and Waikere” offer fishing, windsurfing, boating and swimming in sub-tropical climes. These dune lakes” Taharoa…

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Under twos and the backlash on working parents

By Jane Blaikie 6 December, 2009

“Home is best for babies” shouts the headline in a national Sunday paper. “A great badness abroad” says a magazine headline about “the great pre-school experiment”. Others misquote US research…

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Burnout? – act before it strikes

By Elizabeth Brown 21 September, 2009

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,…

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