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Rays of Sound: Māori and Samoan early language learning books online


Digital recordings of a collection of early Māori and Samoan language learning books have been made available online by staff at Victoria University's Language Learning Centre.

Stories and songs from readers that were published on tape by the Ministry of Education in the 1980s and 1990s are now digitised and available as an online audio teaching resource for early childhood centres, schools, and others to enjoy.

Samoa language week / Vaiaso o le gagana Sāmoa 29 May–4 June 2016


Samoa language week / Vaiaso o le gagana Sāmoa takes place this year between 29 May and 4 June.

The theme for 2016 is E felelei manu, ae ma’au i o latou ofaga – Birds migrate to environments where they survive and thrive. 

This page has ideas and resources to help you plan programmes of learning and get involved.

Garden Bird Survey - who`s in your backyard?


On this virtual field trip with LEARNZ, starting 28 June 2016, your students will become citizen scientists! They will join thousands of other citizen scientists all over New Zealand as they take part in the annual Garden Bird Survey. They will see students from other urban and rural schools do the survey and make comparisons with what they see at school and at home.

By going on this trip your students will learn how important birds are as indicators of the health of New Zealand's environment, in both the physical and social sense, and learn how to take appropriate action where species are declining.

Find out more....

2017 TeachNZ Study Awards, Study Support Grants, and Sabbaticals


Applications are now open for TeachNZ Primary, Secondary, or Area School Study Awards, Study Support Grants, and Sabbaticals.

There are 12 Secondary, Area, and Primary Study and Sabbatical Awards available for the 2017 school year.

The awards are tailored to meet the requirements of teachers and principals  intending to study part time, full time, or undertake a sabbatical.  

To find out more and to apply, visit the TeachNZ website 

Ready to Read – what’s new?


Read about the latest set of Ready to Read books – four books for guided reading (at Yellow 1, Yellow 2, Blue 1, and Blue 3) and one non-fiction book for shared reading.

Teacher support materials (TSM) and audio files are available online

Your thoughts or suggestions are welcome, and your feedback helps shape the series. Send your comments and questions to our publishing provider at readytoread@lifteducation.com

St John in Schools programme


The St John in Schools programme provides learning experiences for pre-school, primary and intermediate school aged children to empower them to act in an emergency.

Hands-on lessons, delivered by specially trained educators, align to the NZ Curriculum and enable students to gain confidence and skills to respond in an emergency.

Find out more from this Education Gazette notice, and the St John in Schools website

New Zealand Sign Language Week, 9 –15 May 2016


New Zealand Sign Language Week takes place this year between 9 and 15 May. This resource page provides ideas and resources that teachers and students can use to get involved.

Workshops for middle leaders


National and regional workshops provide opportunities for middle leaders to come together to develop learning-focused communities. 

Key focus areas are supporting middle leaders with the NCEA standards alignment process; programme design; engaging students who are currently underachieving; and attending to the student learning area literacy and language needs, in the context of The New Zealand Curriculum.

The over-arching focus for this work is to raise achievement for all students and particularly for Māori and Pasifika students and those with special learning needs.

For details of regional workshops and in depth support in each learning area, and to enrol online, see this page .

Launch of Play.sport


Sport New Zealand (Sport NZ) has launched a new initiative aimed at supporting schools to deliver quality physical education (PE) and sport.

Play.sport is a multi-layered approach to the provision of PE and sport with hands on, practical support and training for teachers, schools, parents, and community organisations to improve the quality of the experience for young people.

Play.sport is currently available as a pilot in 41 schools in Upper Hutt and Waitakere.

Find out more from this Education Gazette article.

Māori-medium magazines


Everyday use of te reo Māori is being celebrated with a range of Māori-medium magazines available to primary and secondary students, teachers, and whānau.

This article from the Education Gazette profiles several magazines including Takatū Ake, a new publication that is available online at Te Kete Ipurangi.

These colourful magazines include fun activities and games, and cover topics and events that are of high interest to students.

Some provide the opportunity for students to contribute as writers.

Find out more....