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Paul Seideman Holocaust Essay Competition


The topic for this essay competition is – The Holocaust and the lessons for New Zealand. It is open to all year 10 and year 11 students, and the winner receives $200. The deadline to submit essays is 21 November 2014. Click on the link below to download the flyer.

PDF icon. Paul Seideman Holocaust Essay Competition (PDF 1 MB)


Waitangi 175


A new website Waitangi 175 has been launched to commemorate 175 years since the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi next year. The site will enable teachers, principals, boards, and their communities to develop a range of teaching and learning programmes that can link to New Zealand's history, civics, citizenship, and nationhood. Schools will also be able to share what they are doing to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Tokelau Language Week / Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau 26 October–1 November 2014


This resource page has ideas and resources to help you celebrate Tokelau Language Week/Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau with your students and school community. 

Teaching in the digital world: Term 4 webinars


Register now for one or more of the free webinars available in Term 4. This term the webinars during Connected Educator Month are run in conjunction with the Ministry of Education.

New VLN group: Secondary Learning Support Coordinators


Secondary Learning Support Coordinators is a new group on the Virtual Learning Network (VLN). This group is for staff managing or providing additional learning support for students. Existing VLN members can search in the groups’ section to join. If you are not a VLN member already, follow the link on the home page for advice on how to register.
Learning support staff are encouraged to share this with their teams, clusters, and networks.

Enrichment with mana


The Education Gazette reports on REP (Reading Enrichment Programme) an established reading support programme that is integrated into the teaching and learning programme of One Tree Hill College and its school community.

Beating the summer effect


While a certain amount of stagnation in children's learning may be expected following the summer holidays, one school has made positive changes that have negated much of that drop-off, meaning teachers can immediately build on progress made during the previous year.

Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival 4–8 March 2015


Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival 2015 will be at North Hagley Park, Christchurch 4–8 March 2015. Forty five teams representing kapa haka from New Zealand and Australia will compete in Christchurch to become the new Toa Whakaihuwaka and win the title of national kapa haka champion. Find out more...

Connected Educator Month – the next 7 days


Check out the latest newsletter and calendar for the next 7 days of Connected Educator Month.

Recent e-asTTle updates explained


The following updates were made to e-asTTle on October 8.

  • Student Result Summaries and Target Setting now available from left menu.
  • Student Result Summaries now available to External Coordinators.
  • New Writing report interpretation guides.
  • Extra information on headings for Writing Individual Learning Pathways.
  • Element norms no longer display on Writing console reports.
  • Corrections to Pānui and Pāngarau questions.

For a full explanation of these updates, go to the update page on the e-asTTle Help site.

You can access the Help site from the left hand navigation column of the e-asTTle Home page. The e-Help site has all the information you need to help you navigate e-asTTle and make good assessment choices. Use the search function or Popular Topics to find what you're looking for.