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Battle of Passchendaele competition for students at NZ schools and kura


This competition is open for students aged 16 -19 at schools or kura in New Zealand and closes on 2 July 2017.

Through this competition, the Ministry of Education is working with the Passchendaele Society and the Fields of Remembrance Trust to raise awareness of the service and sacrifice during this period in military history.

Students enter the competition as individuals or in groups and use digital technology in an innovative way to produce a curriculum resource for Year 7 to 10 pupils about the Battle of Passchendaele. 

More details about how to enter and an online entry form are available from this web page.

Bullying-Free NZ Week 22-26 May 2017


Bullying-free NZ Week starts 22 May and ends on Pink Shirt Day 26 May.

This is an opportunity to raise awareness about bullying and to promote a bullying-free environment at your school. 

You can download a school activity pack [PDF] which has bullying prevention-themed ideas and activities to mark the week.

There is also a competition for students: Years 1-8, and Years 9-13.  Students can draw a picture; write a story, song or poem; take a photo; or shoot a film.

The closing date for entries is 5.00pm on Friday, 2 June 2017

See pages 8-9 of the school activity pack [PDF] for more information.

MASAM spotlight


Use this second spotlight from NZ Curriculum Online to engage in professional learning about Māori achieving success as Māori.

Explore what MASAM means to you and work together with your staff to devise ways to be more culturally responsive.  

Includes videos, interviews, a self review framework, blog posts, and questions for discussion.

Connected Learning Advisory — Te Ara Whītiki workshops


In Term 2 2017, the Connected Learning Advisory (CLA) is running free half day or optional full day workshops aimed at supporting schools and kura with their planning for the use of digital technologies.

The workshops are free of charge and are being held in locations across the country, from 12 - 22 June.

The workshops will introduce the Strategic Thinking Roadmap and provide an opportunity to apply this process to your own school planning, facilitated by CLA advisors.

Registration is open now from this page of the Connected Learning Advisory website.



Words relating to all areas of the Ngā Toi curriculum have now been uploaded to the Paekupu website.

Paekupu was launched in 2016. It will contain the dictionaries related to the learning areas of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.

Over the next couple of years dictionaries relating to other curriculum areas will be added starting with Te Reo Pāngarau later this year, Te Reo Matatini, and Te Reo Pūtaiao in 2018.

The long term goal is to include all the learning areas of the curriculum.

New Zealand Music Month


Each May, New Zealand music is showcased as part of New Zealand Music Month. 

New Zealand Music Month provides a useful context for students to develop understandings in several learning areas. 

This resource page from New Zealand Curriculum Online is packed with ideas on how you can celebrate New Zealand Music Month with your students and communities. 

New titles – Ready to Read


There are five new titles in the Ready to Read Series.  Audio and teacher support materials (TSM) are available online:

Hannah's Game   

Helping at the Marae   

Matariki Breakfast

Sports Day for Monster

The Three Princesses

Find out more from Literacy Online.

New titles – School Journal Story Library


There are two new titles available online in the School Journal Story Library Series: 

Wind Chimes, set in a dystopian future, is written by Paul Mason and illustrated by Mat Tait

Living the Dream is an interview with Māori aerospace engineer and NASA employee Mana Vautier.

Find out more from Literacy Online.

Te Whāriki has been updated


New Zealand’s early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki has been updated.

Te Whāriki, which has shaped early learning in New Zealand for the past 20 years, now better reflects the context of children’s lives in the 21st century as well as changes in early learning theory and practice. 

The updated Te Whāriki includes two documents in one flip book: 

Te Whāriki: He whāriki mātauranga mō ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa Early childhood curriculum and 

Te Whāriki a te Kōhanga Reo

Read Te Whāriki, and find supporting resources on the new Te Whāriki website.

RAMP literature reports


The Review and Maintenance Programme (RAMP) implemented a review process to ensure materials that support NCEA continue to be aligned with The New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) and support the development and use of quality teaching and learning programmes in secondary schools and other providers.