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Connected Educator Month – October 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


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


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


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


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

Junior Journal 49


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


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


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


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

Money Week, 13–19 October 2014


MoneyWeek 2014 is October 13–19, the first week of term four. It is a nationwide week of events to motivate Kiwis to look at their financial situation. Financial literacy is an important life skill and part of the New Zealand Curriculum. MoneyWeek is a great time to get your students and school community thinking and talking about money matters. For dynamic tools and resources for the classroom to help schools participate, check out the MoneyWeek website.