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Antarctica - Cool Science in Action

1/10/2014

Join the LEARNZ team virtually in Antarctica, 3–7 November 2014. Travel aboard a giant C17 Globemaster, complete a survival training course, go diving through holes in the sea ice, visit penguin colonies and seal haul-outs, discover how energy moves through Antarctic marine food webs, and work with specimens in the laboratory at Scott Base. All this while you put questions live to scientists working on climate change. Find out more... 

Connected Educator Month – October 2014

30/9/2014

  • Connecting educators across Aotearoa-New Zealand: A collaborative calendar for October is connecting thousands of educators, in NZ and beyond, to free (and freely given) professional learning events, communities and resources.
  • Free, connected professional learning: 31 event-filled days will offer free, online access to regional, national, and global workshops, keynotes, panels, discussions and more. It’s a celebration of how we can support each others’ professional learning in a connected world.
  • Check out the Starter Kete and learn new skills every day throughout October
  • Browse the calendar and plot a pathway of online learning right through October, both local and global
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Tuvalu Language Week 2014

30/9/2014

Fakatalofa atu! Tuvalu Language Week begins on Monday 29 September and runs until Sunday 5 October. This year's theme is:
Tuvalu Tau Gana Ko Tou Lagaifakalaga – Your Language Keeps Your Culture and Identity Afloat. By teaching Pasifika languages, schools can help meet the vision and goals of the Pasifika Education Plan 2013–2017 (PEP). 

See NZ Curriculum Online for resources to help you celebrate and nurture the language and culture of Tuvalu in your classroom and school community.

The Elsie Locke Writing Prize

26/9/2014

Congratulations to Cecile Kruger, a year 8 student at Stirling Primary School South Otago, winner of this year’s Elsie Locke Writing Prize. Cecile’s story, “Close to the Edge”, was a standout among the almost eight hundred entries, all of which had the theme of “water”. Go to the Elsie Locke Trust website to read Cecile’s story. It will also be published in the next issue of the level 4 School Journal (November 2014), which will be distributed to schools and available as a PDF on Literacy Online.

Literacy, English, & ESOL community newsletter – September 2014

26/9/2014

These monthly newsletters are full of news, items of interest, and information to support you in your role. 
Keep up to date with what’s happening by signing up online.

New School Journals available online

23/9/2014

The September 2014 editions of The School Journal, teacher support material (TSM), and audio files are now available online

Junior Journal 49

18/9/2014

Junior Journal 49 is now available online as a PDF. There are also links on this page to teacher support materials and audio files for Junior Journal 49.

Essay competition for schools.

Essay competition for schools

17/9/2014

The Office for Senior Citizens is holding a competition to encourage primary school children (up to year 8) to think and write about an older person who is special to them.

The subject for this competition is “1914 – 2014: the greatest greats and grands of the last 100 years” to coincide with the 100 year commemorations of World War One. The purpose is to help young people find out more about the experiences older people have built up over their life. 

Full details available in the attached flyer: 

Word 2007 icon. Essay Competition letter to schools (Word 2007 205 KB)

Ready to Read Series explored

12/9/2014

NZC Update 28 is now available online. The Update looks at outcomes of the review of Ready to Read and the Junior Journal, including the text-levelling process. Learn about the thinking behind the series and how it supports your teaching and the needs of your students. 

Snapshots for teaching and learning in literacy

11/9/2014

These stories provide examples of ideas and approaches some schools are using in their literacy programmes.


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