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A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Strange lights over the quiet town of Mossingham herald the arrival of a mystery visitor from far across the galaxy. For Shaun the Sheep’s second feature-length movie, the follow-up to 2015’s smash hit Shaun the Sheep Movie, A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon takes the world’s favourite woolly hero and plunges him into a hilarious […]

Playmobil: The movie

When her younger brother Charlie (Gabriel Bateman) unexpectedly disappears into the magical, animated universe of PLAYMOBIL, unprepared Marla (Anya Taylor-Joy) must go on the quest of a lifetime to bring him home. As she sets off on a fantastic journey across stunning new worlds, Marla teams up with some unlikely and heroic new friends – […]

Preparing for periods

KELLY EDEN shares how discussing menstruation with your children can become a normal part of conversation rather than a “special talk”. When’s the right time to start talking about periods? When I was teaching, the puberty lessons began in Year 7. But with my own girls, I realised that waiting until the tween years was too […]

Out-of-school fun

Let’s be honest, sometimes we just need an extra hand when it comes to out-of-school care. Thankfully there are reputable organisations such as MASH to look after our children when we need it. Maybe you’re starting a 40-hour working week in the New Year, or perhaps your hours have changed at work, so you’re not […]

Music on your mind

Registered music therapist DEVIN BROOKS explains how music therapy “reaches into the corners of the brain”, and can have a transformative impact on children, adults and whānau. By KATE BARBER. Beyond merely providing pleasure or transporting us to a different time and place, music can change the brain, and impact positively on our lives, and […]

Stories saved my life

PAUL RUSSELL explains why stories can open up a world of learning. It is an odd sort of statement to make, but without an education, the life I lead would never have been possible, and without stories, I would have given up on my schooling years before I gained one.  I am dyslexic, making reading difficult, […]

Learning to like school

When it comes to supporting your child through their transition to school, NATHAN WALLIS urges parents to stop focusing on their academic progress and instead on whether they are “learning to like school”. By KATE BARBER. Regardless of when your little one starts school, it’s a massive transition for them. They have to listen to […]

Starting at six

NATHAN WALLIS explains the advantages of starting school at six. By KATE BARBER. Ready or not, as soon as your little one turns five, it’s time for them to go to school. So deeply ingrained is this cultural assumption, many people accept it without question. That parents might hold off sending their child to school […]