A Letter from New Zealand

In June, 2002 I subscribed to your monthly online newsletter back when the circulation was just over 1800. Your newsletter quickly became a regular part of our staff meeting discussions. Teachers subscribed, and the way our classrooms and school worked together began to change as we embraced your work and implemented your ideas.

At the start of 2005, I presented each of my teachers with their own copy of "Discipline without Stress, Punishments or Rewards" and regularly include tips from your "Tips for parents" in our school newsletters—all with positive feedback on how simple and effective your ideas are—without stress, punishments or rewards!

Promoting responsibility, sending positive messages, offering choices, and encouraging reflection allows Upokongaro School to be truly learner focused. We pride ourselves on our calm relaxed atmosphere where children are guided to become self responsible with their behaviour and in their learning.

For us, this is the greatest gift we can give learners to ensure their ongoing success, love of learning and oflife—seeing what they can become.

Your work and ideas have made such a positive difference for me personally and for everyone at Upokongaro School.

Thank you for making a difference for Upokongaro School.


Naomi White, Principal
Upokongaro School
Wanganui, New Zealand

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