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Seaweek 2017


Seaweek is New Zealand’s annual national week about the sea. Hosted by the NZ Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE), Seaweek focuses on learning from the sea.

Seaweek comprises a wide range of events, activities, opportunities, competitions, and calls to action.

Seaweek Kaupapa Moana 2017 will take place from Saturday 25 February to Sunday 5 March 2017.

The theme will be “Toiora te Moana – Toiora te Tangata – Healthy Seas, Healthy People”.

Find out more...

Cricket Smart


Cricket Smart is a free online resource from New Zealand Cricket for primary and intermediate students.

The resource uses cricket to support a range of learning areas within the New Zealand Curriculum. 

Resource materials, themes, and suggestions for teachers are available on the website.

Connected 2016


Google slides, re-usable content, and teacher support materials for the 2016 Connected series are available online via the new Instructional Series search.

School leadership that works: a resource for school leaders


ERO has released School leadership that works: a resource for school leaders, that contains real life stories for current and aspiring school leaders who want to become more successful in the future by learning from the good practice of others. 

The report draws on findings from recent evaluative work with school leaders and combines them with the best evidence of what works in school leadership and why. 

Download a summary or the full report from this page.

Top Outdoor Spot competition


The Top Outdoor Spot competition for schools is returning in 2017.

Running throughout term 1 and at the start of term 2, the competition encourages New Zealand school children to send in a photo or drawing of their favourite outdoor spot and a short description about what makes it special for the chance to win.

The students who send in the "Best Photo", “Best Drawing” and "Best Description" will each win prize packs for themselves and prizes for their schools.

All photos, drawings and descriptions sent in between 30 January 2017 and the end of the day on 7 May 2017 will be in to win.

Find out more.... 

Pasifika dual language books


The Pasifika dual language resources are designed to support the early language and literacy learning of Pasifika new entrant students in English-medium classrooms.

Teacher and parent support material accompanies these resources. Many of the dual language books are available as PDFs and all the books are available as MP3 audio files.

Print copies of the texts are available from Down the Back of the Chair.

The resources are in five Pasifika languages – Samoan, Tongan, Tokelauan, Cook Islands Māori and Niuean – and English.

New Venice Biennale digital learning resource in 2017

New Venice Biennale digital learning resource in 2017


In May 2017, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa will launch a digital resource for classroom learning about New Zealand at the Venice Biennale.

The resource will focus on artist Lisa Reihana, New Zealand’s representative at the 2017 Venice Biennale and will provide a set of teaching units for Visual Arts and Social Science learning areas, years 7–13.

Sign up to Te Papa’s learning newsletter for more information.

Ngāue Fakataha ki he Ako ’a e Fānau — Schools and Parents and Families Working Together to Better Understand and Support Pasifika Students’ Progress and Achievement at School


Three reports are available on the research and development project Ngāue Fakataha ki he Ako ’a e Fānau — Schools and Parents and Families Working Together to Better Understand and Support Pasifika Students’ Progress and Achievement at School

The reports include key findings and outcomes, recommendations, and guide tools.

Outcomes include a Talanoa Ako Fakataha/Talatalanoaga Faalea’oa’oga Cycle (‘Talanoa Ako Cycle’).

Professional learning and development – what happens now?


The Ministry of Education has redesigned how it supports Communities of Learning / Kāhui Ako, schools and kura through centrally funded professional learning and development (PLD).

Community of Learning / Kāhui Ako, schools and kura can now put together proposals for PLD support, have them assessed by a panel based in their local area and, if they are successful, choose the PLD facilitator whom they think will best suit their own context.

This Education Gazette article answers some frequently asked questions about PLD in 2017.

School traffic safety team manual updated


The School Traffic Safety Team Manual is the guide for New Zealand schools operating

  • school patrols
  • school wardens
  • bus wardens.

The manual was revised in October 2016.

The manual can be downloaded as a PDF file and all of the chapters are available to read online.

Supporting documents can also be found on this page.