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NZTA secondary curriculum resources


New resources have been added to NZTA's secondary collection. These integrate road safety as a context into several learning areas and are set at curriculum level 4 and above. 

Observing water


A level 1–2 resource that uses observation as the basis for learning about the properties and structure of matter. Students explore the characteristics of solids, liquids and gases through their observations of water in its different states. Simple hands-on activities use an inquiry approach to explore both the science concepts and the Nature of Science Investigating in Science strand.

Making Language and Learning Work


The Making Language and Learning Work DVDs are now online. They demonstrate how to effectively integrate content-area teaching and language learning in mainstream subject classrooms for students from diverse language backgrounds. 



By celebrating Matariki with your students and the wider community you can bring the principles of The New Zealand Curriculum to life, especially community engagement, cultural diversity, the Treaty of Waitangi, and inclusion. At NZC Online you can find a rich collection of digital and print resources to help you celebrate Matariki with your schools and communities.

School Journal


From now on the School Journal and School Journal Story Library are available in digital form as well as in print. See Literacy Online for the latest journal stories, articles, poems, and more.

Explore Parliament


These online resources introduce students to the work of Parliament and explore concepts of democracy, representation, and leadership. They include primary and secondary teacher guides, discussion topics, activities, and links to the New Zealand Curriculum.

Live online Q&A: Investing in Educational Success


From 4:30–5:30 pm on Tuesday 17 June, you can take part in a public online question and answer session on the Government’s Investing in Educational Success initiative. The initiative will support the creation of Communities of Schools as a way of strengthening collaboration between principals, teachers, and schools in order to raise student achievement.

The question and answer session will be hosted by Dr Graham Stoop, the Ministry of Education’s Deputy Secretary responsible for Investing in Educational Success.

This will build on a previous question and answer session, which is still available to view at https://crowdhall.com/h/233/#/h/233/

Find out how you can take part at education.govt.nz

Elsie Locke Writing Prize 2014


The Elsie Locke Writing Prize, for original writing by students in years 7 and 8, commemorates Elsie Locke’s life, both as a writer and as a person who was concerned about peace, the environment, women’s issues, and community. The winner receives $250 together with a commemorative bookplate and certificate, and the story is published in a School Journal.  

Entries need to arrive by Monday, 4 August 2014.

Full details are available in the PDF to download: Elsie Locke (PDF 82KB)

Essay Competition – New Zealand’s Democratic Process – Y12–13


The Association of Former Members of Parliament is promoting this essay competition to encourage secondary school students to think about ways to increase young people’s understanding and participation in the democratic process.

Competition closes 4 July. 
See Principals and HODs for details of entry and prize or enquire: former.members@clear.net.nz

The Immortal Beethoven


Radio New Zealand Concert is presenting a festival of Beethoven during June and July 2014, when live concert recordings of all of the Piano Sonatas, String Quartets and Symphonies will be broadcast, with accompanying interviews and radio programmes featuring Beethoven. See The Immortal Beethoven collection of supporting content for links to documentaries, long-form interviews, reviews, podcasts, and live concert recordings.