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Free financial capability workshops for year 1–10 schools


Free financial capability workshops for school leaders and teachers are being held across the North Island. During the workshops participants will explore the purpose of financial capability in The New Zealand Curriculum, examine the financial capability online resources, and discuss strategies for integration of the financial capabilities across current teaching and learning programmes.

Find out more from this page

Pasifika languages weeks coming up


Tuvalu Language Week (28 September–4 October 2015) and Fiji Language Week (5 -11 October 2015) take place during the school holidays. New Zealand Curriculum Online has  resource pages filled with ideas and useful links to support your learning about the languages and cultures of these Pacific nations at any time.

Six new Ready to Read books


Six new Ready to Read titles have been published, including two non-fiction books for shared reading.

At Red level, there are three titles: At the Pool, Down the Slide, and Getting Ready for the Visitors.

At Yellow level there is one book, At the Market.  The two non-fiction books for shared reading, are Camouflage and Stick Insects.

Audio versions and teacher support materials (TSM) are available for each of the new titles. 

Junior Journal 51 is now available online


Junior Journal 51 is now available to download. Teacher support material and audio files can also be found online.

PB4L making big changes in schools


This Education Gazette article focuses on the report  A Positive Culture of Support: PB4L School-Wide Final Evaluation Report  from the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER).

The report shows how PB4L School-Wide is helping New Zealand schools build a culture where positive behaviour and learning is a way of life. 

The programme looks at behaviour and learning from a whole-of-school as well as an individual child perspective, and can be tailored to schools’ individual environments and cultural needs.More than 600 schools around the country are now using the programme. 

School-Wide is one of several PB4L initiatives that help parents, whānau, teachers, early childhood centres, and schools address problem behaviour, improve children’s wellbeing, and increase educational achievement.

DigMyIdea: Māori Innovation Challenge


DigMyIdea aims to grow Māori involvement in Aotearoa’s digital economy, inspiring entrepreneurs with great ideas to build digital businesses with export potential.

The challenge calls on entrants to submit a digital business idea that has the potential to go global. Ideas could be anything from an app to a web initiative, or ways to enhance or add digital elements to a more traditional enterprise. Entrants can submit applications in te reo Māori or te reo Pākehā.

DigMyIdea is now open, and entries close on Sunday 18 October 2015.

For more information and to submit applications, visit the DigMyIdea website. 

MOving WOrds translation prize for NZ secondary schools

MOving WOrds translation prize for NZ secondary schools


The New Zealand Centre for Literary Translation and Wai-te-ata Press at Victoria University of Wellington, in partnership with the NZ Society of Translators and Interpreters, invite submissions to Moving Words 2015 with the theme of “Peace”.   

Reflecting New Zealand’s multi-ethnic and multilingual society, this competition aims to celebrate literature, languages, and cultures in secondary schools, and to inspire and reward excellence in translation by secondary-level students. Entrants translate a piece of fictional or non-fictional prose or poetry that was originally composed in a different language, into either English, Te Reo Māori, or New Zealand Sign Language. The original piece must relate in some way to the theme of “Peace” and the entrant must not have published the translation previously.

Entries must be received by Thursday 15th October 2015. See the attached documents for more information about the competition and prizes, and an entry form.

PDF icon. MOWO 2015 Entry Form (PDF 175 KB)

PDF icon. MOWO 2015 Terms and Conditions (PDF 983 KB)

Arts Online survey for teachers with Years 1–8 students


The Ministry of Education is interested in learning how the Arts Online website can better support teachers to provide progressions of learning opportunities across all four strands: 

  • Understanding the Arts in Context
  • Developing Practical Knowledge in the Arts
  • Developing Ideas in the Arts
  • Communicating and Interpreting in the Arts 

You do not have to be a regular Arts Online user to take part in the survey. Your feedback will contribute to future development of this site. We also encourage you to send this link to your colleagues.

The survey should only take 5-10 minutes to complete.

Please answer all questions as well as you can. 

Thank you for taking the time to respond.

You can start the survey here

Elsie Locke writing prize


Congratulations to Oliver McLean, from Arrowtown School, this year's winner of the Elsie Locke writing prize. See the attached PDF to read his story, "Mr Archibald". 

MrArchibald (PDF 778KB)

Money Week daily updates


Each day this week (31 August–6 September) there will be an update about Money Week on New Zealand Curriculum Online with news about activities, competitions, and more for students.

Money Week is a nationwide awareness-raising event aimed at changing behaviour around personal finance. It provides a platform for people in the education, finance, business and community sectors to hold money-related events and activities around the country.