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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.

Money Week - What gets your money fighting fit?


Money Week 2015 takes place between 31 August and 6 September, and involves events all around the country to encourage New Zealanders to talk about money and develop greater financial capability.

Led by the Commission For Financial Capability, Money Week offers schools a good opportunity to investigate all things financial.

New Zealand Curriculum Online has a collection of resources and stories to support your school's involvement in Money Week, and to help your school make financial capability an ongoing area of curriculum focus.

The Treaty of Waitangi and School Governance: Kei tua atu o te matapaki kōrero ko te mahi


The Board is accountable for the performance of the school, with a key focus on raising student achievement for all students. This includes making decisions that support Māori learners to enjoy and achieve education success, as Māori.

To support boards achieve this aim NZSTA has developed a set of resources and video clips. The resources are focused on enabling trustees to better understand the Treaty and emphasise the responsibility boards have in ensuring that the implications, obligations and spirit of the Treaty are implemented and upheld.

Creating financially capable New Zealand students


In the second of a two-part series of articles building up to Money Week 2015, the Education Gazette talks to educators involved in the Upper Harbour Sorted Schools (UHSS) project, an innovative two year pilot that aims to broaden the reach of financial education and embed financial capability across the whole school.
The Upper Harbour Sorted Schools (UHSS) learning community comprises nine schools – including primary, intermediate, and secondary - and is overseen by the Commission for Financial Capability (CFFC).
A second Sorted Schools cluster of eight schools has been established in the South Auckland region. 

Find out more....

Tonga Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga 30 August–5 September 2015


Tonga Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga takes place this year from 30 August to 5 September 2015. This year's theme is Fakakaloa Aotearoa 'aki 'a e faiva 'a e Tonga – Enriching Aotearoa with Tongan arts.

See this page from New Zealand Curriculum Online for links to ideas, activities, and resources to help you learn and celebrate the Tongan language with your school community.

Test Your Financial Pulse survey


In the lead up to Money Week 2015, the Westpac-Massey Fin-Ed Centre (Massey University) has developed a survey, Test Your Financial Pulse, for students and teachers to test their financial capabilities. 

The survey is designed to assess your capacity to manage finances. The questionnaire includes questions on a range of financially related topics including spending, credit and debt, and saving and investing.  The questionnaire is intended to help raise awareness of the areas where your finances are flourishing, as well as any areas that you may need assistance with.

Students (year 11-13 students) who complete the questionnaire will go into the draw to win one of two mini iPads.

Teachers who complete the questionnaire will go into the draw to win one of five free enrolments to ‘Money Smarts @ Work’ – an online course.

Entries open 24 August 2015 and close 1 September 2015 at 5pm

You can find out more and go to the survey here 

Smart Motorways - technologies making roads safer and more sustainable


This LEARNZ virtual field trip, 25–27 August 2015, is an opportunity for students to meet the experts making New Zealand’s first smart motorway, and to see how a major technology project works.

The trip will bring to life the technology curriculum by examining the project brief, getting involved with planning for practice, exploring the use of modelling, viewing Smart Motorways as a technological system, investigating how Smart Motorways are a response to social change, and how we, as drivers, respond to Smart Motorways.

Find out more.....