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New Lynn School is based in Auckland. They have a rich history opening in 1888 with 61 pupils and one teacher (that’s one very busy teacher!). Children originally came to school on horseback.

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New Lynn School has embraced there cultural diversity, opening a Confucius Classroom. “Being a Confucius Classroom means you can have an even better Chinese programme.”

Janine Chin, Manager at Confucius Institute also said she commended Greg Roebuck, the principal and the school teaching staff on their Chinese language commitment to date which has seen students grow and use their Chinese more confidently. “Mandarin is the most widely spoken language in the world” she said. “Learning Chinese enables you to learn many new things and make lots of new friends.”

We expect the Skoolbo Mandarin Language dragon is well used in this classroom!


New Lynn School is a decile 4, contributing (Year 1-6), with over 365 students on their roll.

Reaching 1 million answers was helped by 18 Skoolbo Super champs, students that have answered over 10,000 questions and 16 classes that have answered over 50,000 questions. Throughout the school New Lynn has managed just under 10,000 personal bests and an average improvement rate per student of over 31%. Wow incredible stuff!!


Super Sherwood Primary School! Welcome to the Million Club.

Sherwood Primary LogoSherwood Primary School is located in Browns Bay on Auckland’s North Shore. It has a role of around 460 students from new entrants to Year 6.

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Sherwood School has a strong focus on the use of technology and eLearning to support children’s education and each classroom is well equipped for this. With this in mind it is no wonder that the talented students have answered over 1 Million questions on Skoolbo.

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Sherwood school has over 11,359 Personal best on Skoolbo with 23 Super Champs (Students that have answered over 10k), they have 2 classes sitting above 100,000 answers and the whole school has an average improvement rate of 35.6%.

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In June this year Sherwood School had a fantastic visit from Mr Stu Duval where the students had 2 sessions with him on storytelling and cartooning, it is so wonderful to see that not only do the children, work hard on their literacy and maths skills but also take time out to explore their creative side.Sherwood Stu Duval



Good Going Glen Eden School to Reach 1 Million Answers on Skoolbo!!!!


Last year Glen Eden Primary School celebrated its 100th year anniversary, what a fantastic milestone for the school, in 2016 we are celebrating yet another milestone, the students reaching the Million Club on Skoolbo!

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Room 12 are not far away from yet another wonderful celebration, with just over 8,500 questions to go, their class will have answered 100,000 questions!

Glen Eden Primary School is based in West Auckland and has a role of 360   students. Part of GEPS vision is;“We believe that all children are capable of achieving and encourage them to do this to the highest standard. We find ways to make children’s learning exciting and meaningful in an environment that is both stimulating and inviting. We provide authentic contexts in which to learn. We know that everyone learns differently and at different stages. We provide programmes that challenge children and push them to think. Our major emphasis is on literacy and numeracy”.

Glen Eden School takes great pride in the different cultures that their children represent, last week they had both the Kapa Haka and Samoan groups perform in the Kelifest.

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During term 4 the students will get a chance to try out new activities through their elective programme, Garden to Table, weaving, mural making, ice skating and many more! What a fantastic way to finish the school year and to make learning both fun and rewarding.

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We are sure that they will still find time to continue on their fantastic Skoolbo learning journey and to grow their numbers from 8,412 Personal Best and an average improvement rate of 28.7%.

Go Glen Eden Primary School Go!!!!


High Five to Hillcrest Normal School!!

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Answering one million questions on Skoolbo is an outstanding achievement and we are excited to welcome the students of Hillcrest Normal School to our Million Club, they join an elite group of 31 NZ schools. Only 233 Schools worldwide are members of this club!

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With a role of 415 students and a school vision of “Developing lifelong learners who are confident, connected and actively involved in their learning”.  No wonder they have answered over 1 million question with 11,359 Personal Best, and an average improvement rate of 35.6%.

This kind of success doesn’t just happen and we know that reaching this level requires great determination and self-belief on behalf of the students. We’re sure they have also had wonderful enabling support from some pretty fantastic parents, carers and teachers.

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Not only are the students from Hillcrest Normal School whizzes on Skoolbo but they are also amazingly active and super creative!!!!


Go Hillcrest Normal Go!!!!!

The Skoolbo World Cup is just around the corner! Let’s WIN NZ!

The Skoolbo World Cup is back for a third year! Children in NZ will be competing against other Skoolbo-ers in classrooms across the USA, UK and Australia.

Running from Tuesday 6th to Friday 9th of December, your students’ avatars will wear a new Team NZ uniform. Every question your students answer correctly puts NZ one step closer to victory! There will be an automated tally on the Skoolbo website homepage so you can see the results live.

This is a great way to motivate and engage students to learn by answering lots of maths and literacy questions.

Let’s have some fun as we join together to take on the world in the Skoolbo World Cup!

Stay tuned for more news on the World Cup coming in the lead up to December 6th…

Go Kiwi Kids! Go!

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New to Skoolbo? Register your child or class now to get involved in our highly motivating World Cup!



Fairhaven School is based in Te Puke – ‘Kiwifruit’ country. This school is a Decile 3 school with a roll of over 380 pupils and caters for Y1-6.

They are fully  ICT/technology focused with specific classes and ipads  available in each classroom. Fairhaven also has a dedicated computer suite, with a specialist ICT teacher.

Fairhaven has had a great many success through their work in the computer suite – this dates back to the establishment of the suite.

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There greatest achievement (other than the 1 million Skoolbo club of course!) is that they have managed to be a finalist in all 5 categories of the MADE (Movie and Digital Excellence) Awards since its inception in 2008. Taking out the Supreme award in 2013.

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Weta workshop Supreme Award Winners in 2013

On top of it’s busy ICT life, Fairhaven School also runs a Maori bilingual Pod known as ‘Toitoi Manawa o Fairhaven”  This is a Level 2 Māori immersion unit (i.e. >50% instructional te reo)

Te Tipu’    Years 1-3   ‘Te Mahuri’    Years 4-6   

Fairhaven schools love of Skoolbo shows, with an average improvement rate of 28.6%, and the help of 14 Super Champs (Individuals who have answered over 10,000 questions), the students have also managed an amazing 13,101 Personal Bests.

You rock Fairhaven School-keep up the awesome work. Let’s get you into the 2 million club!

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Will you be a Term 4 Super Teacher this year?



We’re aware of the time constraints that face teachers in term 4. Skoolbo has coined it the TERM 4 TIME MONSTER!

A teachers Term 4 time constraints can significantly impact stress levels as you madly go about completing extra end-of-year duties while trying to uphold the same amount of academic improvements achieved throughout the year.


To beat the Term 4 time monster we’re inviting all our teachers to end the year as Skoolbo Term 4 Super Teachers!



15 mins a day is all it takes! 


Skoolbo Super Teachers give their students Skoolbo to play in class, efficiently boosting student improvement and releasing time for you.

Kids love learning on Skoolbo and with our new and improved 3D web browser version,
there’s never been an easier and faster way to get your students learning on Skoolbo!

*Disclaimer Skoolbo unfortunately can not reduce the time you spend in staff meetings, your coffee habit or finding lost children’s clothes!


*Disclaimer Skoolbo unfortunately can not reduce the time you spend in staff meetings, your coffee habit or finding lost children’s clothes!


Make every second count by playing Skoolbo in class daily



Greytown School


Greytown School set in the heart of the gorgeous Wairarapa District, was established in 1857.  It is a full primary for students from Years 1-8.

The school draws students from the town and from the surrounding farming areas. Greytown is a Decile 4 school with a roll of over 340 pupils.

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It’s no surprise Greytown School has reached the million mark, they are very IT savvy, they have set up a downloadable smartphone App used to communicate to and from the school for parents and caregivers.

They also have computers in every classroom and the school library. The school has a network linking all classrooms and the office. With computers becoming an important part of the school programme all of the children will have access to computers.  Years 7 & 8 children are issued with a laptop each.


Greytown school loves Skoolbo and it shows, with an average improvement rate of 31.9%, and the help of 10 Super Champs (Individuals who have answered over 10,000 questions), the students have also managed an amazing 12,353 Personal Bests.

You rock Greytown School – keep up the awesome work.




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Raumati Primary School is based in the beautiful Kapiti Coast, it is a decile 10 school, with a role of over 670 pupils – it has had a massive growth over the last 10 years.

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Raumati Primary School has a large emphasis on ‘e learning’,  they are part of an independent trust that assists parents with purchasing a device (BYOD) for their child, called The Whakaaro Hou Trust.  For many parents, cost is a significant factor in being able to provide a device, so Whakaaro Hou Trust has been formed to assist. The Trust aims to ensure that all students can afford a device. They mainly offer the purchase of a Chromebook and a package that includes the device, a case, warranty and insurance. This allows a Caregiver to pay off the device over a 2 or 3 year period.

We love Raumati Beach School Skoolbo enthusiasm; here are some wonderful comments from Room 9 that they wanted to share about how great Skoolbo is and why they love to play it.

raumati Beach school“I love Skoolbo so much because you can get so many points and prizes.  I love making my person and getting new airplanes.  I even like running in the Skoolbo race”  Anouk Rm 9

“I really like your game because it’s like learning and I love learning so I love it.  It’s the best game I’ve ever seen. It’s so fun I play it everyday.” Bella Rm 9

“What I like about Skoolbo is the races and spelling because it is fast and it’s fun to do.  Even hard stuff is fun like the nine time tables” Ryan Rm 9

“The thing I love the most about Skoolbo is that you can win prizes and have fun.  I love Skoolbo because you can verse other people in your classroom.  I love Skoolbo because you can have different types of planes”   Poppy Rm 9

“I love how you can get cool stuff like planes, get to choose your clothes and you can verse people.  It is the best and I really like the game.”    Molly Rm 9

Raumati Beach School loves of Skoolbo shows, with an average improvement rate of 30%, and the help of 10 Super Champs (Individuals who have answered over 10,000 questions), the students have also managed an amazing 11,733 Personal Bests.

We are very excited to have you on board and looking forward to posting your 2 million banner!



How to be a good reader

There has been huge emphasis recently on the importance of reading with your child. But what does good reading look like and how can you best support your child to both enjoy reading and develop the skills that will help them become confident, motivated, fluent readers?

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Children who read for pleasure achieve better not only in English but also across a wide range of subjects including maths.

open-bookWhat is good reading?

Reading is about so much more than simply decoding print, it is a multifaceted process involving word recognition, comprehension, fluency, and motivation.


We tend to think that reading is a purely visual skill involving the ability to link letters to sounds. However, learning to read can also rely on a more complex set of underlying cognitive skills such as memory, attention, and sequencing.

Zippy Shine is a reading performance app that gives children the opportunity reach their potential in reading in a fun, enjoyable and safe way. It helps children develop the complex set of skills required to become a ‘good’ reader, placing them in control of their learning.

Children learn to read so they can read to learn!

You can download Zippy Shine for 50% off on iTunes or the Google Play Store.


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