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Venice Biennale and Lisa Reihana learning resource


A new digital resource has been produced to support learning about New Zealand's involvement in the international contemporary art exhibition Venice Biennale, and the works of New Zealand's 2017 exhibitor Lisa Reihana.

The Year 9–13 resource provides a set of multimedia and curriculum-driven Visual Arts and Social Sciences teaching units.

The resource is a collaboration between Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa, with support from  Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.

Find out more......

Matariki - the Māori New Year


Matariki is the Māori name for a group of stars known as the Pleiades star cluster. 

The Māori New Year is marked by the rise of this star cluster and the sighting of the next new moon.

In 2017, Matariki is due to begin on 25 June.

Matariki is seen as an important time to celebrate the earth and show respect for the land, and is an opportunity for Māori communities to share their stories and culture with other New Zealanders. 

This resource page from NZ Curriculum Online has many ideas and resources that teachers and students can use to get involved and celebrate with their school community.

By celebrating Matariki with your students and the wider community you can bring the principles of The New Zealand Curriculum to life, especially community engagementcultural diversity, the Treaty of Waitangi, and inclusion.

Matariki units on nzmaths

Matariki units on nzmaths


New cross curricular units that explore a variety of mathematics ideas in the context of Matariki are available from nzmaths.

The units support learning at level 2level 3, and level 4

The sessions in each of these units can be run as individual activities, and most of them could be adjusted to suit different curriculum levels.

Feedback about the units is welcome and can be sent to andrew@nzmaths.co.nz

Ngā Hangarau Matihiko i ngā Kura Ara Reo Māori | Māori-medium ICT Research Report 2016: Digital Technologies


In March 2016 a survey was conducted for the Ministry of Education on how Māori-medium kura are using digital technologies. The survey was delivered during terms 2 and 3 of the 2016 school year.

The findings are described in this report in relation to the key areas of inquiry in the survey: school-wide strategies, access, use, usefulness, impact, barriers, te reo Māori, and communication.

The full report is available to download from the Education Counts website.

Digital technologies for learning: Findings from NZCER national survey of primary & intermediate schools 2016


This report draws on data from the NZCER National Survey of Primary and Intermediate Schools, conducted in late August and early September 2016.

The report looks at the role of digital technologies for learning in primary and intermediate schools.

The survey asked how digital technology is being used, how it could be used, and what it means for teaching and learning.

The survey got responses from principals, teachers, trustees, parents and whānau.

Digital technologies for learning infographic illustrates some of the key findings.

Sit less and move more


The Ministries of Health and Education together with Sport New Zealand have released new Physical Activity Guidelines for children and young people (five to 17 years). The new guidelines include recommendations for sleep.

This article from Education Gazette looks at what schools could consider doing to support children getting sufficient sleep, and how else they could support the guidelines.

More information, and a link to download the guidelines, can be found on the Ministry of Health website

2018 study awards, sabbaticals, and study support grants


See Teach NZs table of closing dates and application forms for 2018 study awards, sabbaticals, and study support grants.

Next closing date is 6 June.

Teaching and School Practices Survey Tool


NZCER was commissioned by the Ministry of Education to develop a new online survey tool to provide robust information for school-based inquiry into teaching and school practices, and principal leadership.

The tool is free and involves the principal and teachers completing a quick online survey

The tool is open for use in Terms 2 and 3 each year. It takes teachers around 15 to 20 minutes and principals around 10 to 15 minutes.

An instant set of reports is available to use in reviewing and planning. 

Participation is voluntary, and confidential. No individual teachers can be identified.

Find out more from these FAQ

Consultation on Draft L1 Digital Technologies | Hangarau Matihiko Matrix and Achievement Standards


The Ministry of Education, together with expert Digital Technologies | Hangarau Matihiko teachers, industry partners, and NZQA, has been developing reviewed NCEA materials to better credential student learning in Digital Technology | Hangarau Matihiko.

The Ministry wants to hear your views on the NCEA level 1 draft achievement standards. This feedback will help ensure your voice is taken into consideration as the Ministry continues to develop these standards. 

 Feedback will be open until 4pm, Friday 2nd June 2017.

The draft achievement standards and the associated matrix and other materials can be found on this page along with the link to the questionnaires.

Samoa language week / Vaiaso o le gagana Sāmoa 28 May–3 June 2017


Samoa language week / Vaiaso o le gagana Sāmoa supports the curriculum principles of cultural diversity and inclusion and takes place this year between 28 May and 3 June.

The theme for this year is Ma’au i lou ofaga; maua’a lou fa’asinomaga, Keep your identity alive, to thrive.

This page from NZ Curriculum Online has suggestions and resources to help you and your school community celebrate.