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5-minute “tree test” of the new Ministry of Education site – win a $200 Prezzy card!


The Ministry of Education is redesigning their website to make things easier to find. They’d like to test two possible “site trees” with real users, so they can see which works best.

About 5 minutes. It's a “tree test”, which is a bit different (and more fun) than a traditional survey. Think of it as an online scavenger hunt.

You’ll be entered in a draw to win a $200 Prezzy card, which you can use in most places VISA is accepted.

March webinars to help schools use the Network for Learning


Two free webinars have been arranged for this month to provide advice and support to schools using digital technologies in teaching and learning.

  • 18 March: Preparing your school to take up opportunities from the N4L managed network. 
  • 25 March: Preparing your school for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).

Find out more and register here.

Science in Primary Schools PLD Cluster Programme


A series of workshops to introduce the science capabilities framework is planned to be offered to all schools catering to Y1–8 in the North Island. These workshops are at no cost to schools and are designed to stimulate knowledge and use of the capability framework and related materials. Expressions of interest are being sought from schools in the North Island who would like to participate in these workshops. Schools that have already been allocated to this programme by their regional ministry need not apply again. Closing date for the expressions of interest: 14 March 2014

Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Fund


The Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Challenge (a multi-media experience) will be offered to Years 7–13 students in Term 1 of 2014, opening in March and closing in September. The traditional essay competition has been re-designed to promote the use of 21st century technologies. In addition to an essay category, the competition will offer a range of media categories such as short film, art work, and waiata through which the students can present their research about Ngārimu and the 28th (Māori) Battalion values and deeds and their relevance today. Find out more... 

Seaweek 1-9 March 2014


Seaweek is New Zealand’s annual national week about the sea. Co-ordinated by the NZ Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE), Seaweek focuses on learning from the sea and includes a wide range of events, activities, opportunities, competitions, and calls to action. See the Seaweek website for resources, events in your region, and more... 

Trade Aid education resources


Trade Aid offers a range of different activities and resources that can contribute to learning programmes in your school, including free online and print resources, links to interactive activities, and educators who are available to visit your school.

Guidelines for school food programmes


Practical new guides for schools wishing to introduce food programmes have been released by Children’s Commissioner Dr Russell Wills. The guidelines provide clear advice to schools, whether they are thinking about where to start or wanting to improve an existing food programme. They can be used by primary, intermediate and secondary schools of all deciles and in all communities. Available in PDFFind out more....

Online Teaching and Learning Programme for English Language Learners in Year 7-13


Your school/students may be eligible to participate in ELLINZ online (English Language Learning in New Zealand.)
ELLINZ online is a Ministry of Education programme designed to provide English language tuition to complement school provision for the target students.
Lessons are provided online by qualified ESOL teachers. Eligible participating schools are required to supply the necessary technology to access the online lessons, and a teacher aide to support students in completing learning  tasks. If you are interested in finding out more about the programme or in enrolling students for this programme please email ELLINZ online: eprincipal@ellinz.vln.school.nz

Improve the Ministry of Education site - win a $200 Prezzy card


The Ministry of Education is redesigning their website to make things easier to find. They want your input on how to organise the most important content.
Complete one (or more) of the quick online exercises and you’ll be entered in a draw to win a $200 Prezzy card, which you can use most anywhere VISA is accepted.

Preventing and responding to bullying: A guide for schools


The Ministry of Education has worked with school sector leaders and other key agencies to develop: Preventing and responding to bullyingA guide for schools. The guide provides practical information for schools to support them to effectively prevent and respond to bullying behaviour.

Version one of the guide is available now. It can be downloaded at: http://pb4l.tki.org.nz/Deter-bullying We welcome feedback from schools and any thoughts on how it could be improved. 

Feedback can be given via an online survey https://wwsurveymonkey.com/s/bullyingguide or you can email your feedback to bullying.prevention@minedu.govt.nz  

All suggestions and comments will be read and considered and will help inform the final version of the guide, due to be published later in Term 1, 2014.

Please note that the deadline to receive feedback on the Preventing and responding to bullying: A guide for schools has been extended. All feedback is now due by 5.00pm on Wednesday 12 March.