The Winter Project is a student-led group from Samuel Marsden Collegiate, which collects warm winter clothing and blankets from people who no longer have a use for them, then re-distributes them to low decile schools in the wider Wellington region. The organisation started four years ago, and has already made a huge impact on the lives of children at low decile schools and their families. 


Independent Schools of New Zealand, the representative body for most of New Zealand’s private schools, has strongly criticised the Government’s decision to scrap the Aspire Scholarship Scheme.


Western Bay of Plenty District Council Mayor Garry Webber officially cut the ribbon of ACG Tauranga’s new preschool at a sunset event on the campus in Pyes Pa.

The opening launches the school’s complete education pathway from preschool to Year 13.

Centre Manager Ellen White said having a preschool, primary and secondary school on one campus would allow preschool staff to work alongside Year 1 teachers to tailor an individual, seamless transition plan for every child.


A group of 20 young New Zealanders will voyage to the remote and environmentally significant Kermadec Islands with the Sir Peter Blake Trust and the Royal New Zealand Navy, on board HMNZS Canterbury at the end of February.

The Sir Peter Blake Trust’s Young Blake Expeditions (YBE) follow in Sir Peter’s footsteps as they travel to remote parts of New Zealand to understand and learn about unique and near-pristine environments.


The NZQA Scholarship Awards 2017 have been announced, and students from our Member Schools have excelled. These awards are regarded as the most prestigious secondary school academic awards in the country.

While independent schools only account for 4% of the education sector in New Zealand, our schools scooped over 20% of the Scholarship Awards given our by NZQA for outstanding performance. 

Here are the winners from our Member Schools in full: