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Cook Islands Language Week / Te epetoma o te reo Māori Kuki Airani 30 July–5 August 2017


Cook Islands Language Week / Te epetoma o te reo Māori Kuki Airani takes place this year from 30 July to 5 August.

This resource page from The New Zealand Curriculum Online provides ideas, resources, and inspiration to help you learn and celebrate the languages of the Cook Islands with your school community.

Leading change with the help of digital technologies – free Term 3 workshops


In Term 3 2017, the Connected Learning Advisory (CLA) is running half day or optional full day workshops aimed at supporting leaders in schools, kura, and Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako to lead change with the help of digital technologies.

The workshops are free of charge and are being held in locations across the country, from 14 August - 8 September.

Find out more and register from this page...

Digital Technologies | Hangarau Matihiko consultation open


Consultation is now open on the draft Digital Technologies | Hangarau Matihiko (DT | HM) curriculum content, and the Ministry of Education invites submissions.

You can find more information and make a submission on the Ministry of Education's website.

The consultation process will run until 31 August. There will be opportunities at workshops around the country to learn more and provide feedback over July and August 2017. 

Wellbeing resources for schools

Wellbeing resources for schools


Resources are available to help school leaders and staff support the wellbeing of their students.

NZCER's Wellbeing at School self review tools explore how different layers of school life contribute to creating a safe and caring climate that deters bullying. You can use the toolkits to confidentially store data, access data reports, find suggestions for next steps actions, and track changes over time.

ERO provides school leaders and teachers with good ideas and models to support them in promoting wellbeing for their students:

The Ministry of Education also provides the following:

Venice Biennale and Lisa Reihana learning resource


A new digital resource has been produced to support learning about New Zealand's involvement in the international contemporary art exhibition Venice Biennale, and the works of New Zealand's 2017 exhibitor Lisa Reihana.

The Year 9–13 resource provides a set of multimedia and curriculum-driven Visual Arts and Social Sciences teaching units.

The resource is a collaboration between Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa, with support from  Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.

Find out more......

Matariki - the Māori New Year


Matariki is the Māori name for a group of stars known as the Pleiades star cluster. 

The Māori New Year is marked by the rise of this star cluster and the sighting of the next new moon.

In 2017, Matariki is due to begin on 25 June.

Matariki is seen as an important time to celebrate the earth and show respect for the land, and is an opportunity for Māori communities to share their stories and culture with other New Zealanders. 

This resource page from NZ Curriculum Online has many ideas and resources that teachers and students can use to get involved and celebrate with their school community.

By celebrating Matariki with your students and the wider community you can bring the principles of The New Zealand Curriculum to life, especially community engagementcultural diversity, the Treaty of Waitangi, and inclusion.

Matariki units on nzmaths

Matariki units on nzmaths


New cross curricular units that explore a variety of mathematics ideas in the context of Matariki are available from nzmaths.

The units support learning at level 2level 3, and level 4

The sessions in each of these units can be run as individual activities, and most of them could be adjusted to suit different curriculum levels.

Feedback about the units is welcome and can be sent to andrew@nzmaths.co.nz

Ngā Hangarau Matihiko i ngā Kura Ara Reo Māori | Māori-medium ICT Research Report 2016: Digital Technologies


In March 2016 a survey was conducted for the Ministry of Education on how Māori-medium kura are using digital technologies. The survey was delivered during terms 2 and 3 of the 2016 school year.

The findings are described in this report in relation to the key areas of inquiry in the survey: school-wide strategies, access, use, usefulness, impact, barriers, te reo Māori, and communication.

The full report is available to download from the Education Counts website.

Digital technologies for learning: Findings from NZCER national survey of primary & intermediate schools 2016


This report draws on data from the NZCER National Survey of Primary and Intermediate Schools, conducted in late August and early September 2016.

The report looks at the role of digital technologies for learning in primary and intermediate schools.

The survey asked how digital technology is being used, how it could be used, and what it means for teaching and learning.

The survey got responses from principals, teachers, trustees, parents and whānau.

Digital technologies for learning infographic illustrates some of the key findings.

Sit less and move more


The Ministries of Health and Education together with Sport New Zealand have released new Physical Activity Guidelines for children and young people (five to 17 years). The new guidelines include recommendations for sleep.

This article from Education Gazette looks at what schools could consider doing to support children getting sufficient sleep, and how else they could support the guidelines.

More information, and a link to download the guidelines, can be found on the Ministry of Health website