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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.

Updated on Enabling e-Learning


The Learning areas section has been updated and new pages created that contain school stories and resources to support e-learning across the school curriculum. 

Take a look at:

Staying Safe Online


Staying Safe Online: Cybersafety tips from NZ’s leading online companies is a booklet that has been developed by NetSafe in association with several major online content providers including Facebook, YouTube, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Trade Me, and Twitter.

It has clear and practical tips for reducing risk and encouraging safety, to ensure all New Zealanders can use the internet in a positive way. The booklet has been sent out to all schools and is available for download from the NetSafe website. 

Further digital citizenship resources on Enabling e-Learning:

e-asTTle outage September 4, 6pm–midnight


e-asTTle will be unavailable on Thursday 4th September 2014 between 6pm and midnight.

This scheduled outage is to install improved functionality for user maintenance via ESAA Self Service. It will resolve a technical limitation which prohibited some users from maintaining their personal details.

Please pass on this information to all staff who use e-asTTle. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please contact the MoE Service Desk if you have any queries.

Phone:  0800 225 542 (option 2)

Email:   MOE.ServiceDesk@minedu.govt.nz

Special Education Study Awards


Applications close soon for Special Education study awards. Packages have been developed that offer study leave with an ongoing salary, a contribution towards travel and accommodation, and paid tuition fees.

Find out more... 

Oxford Databases available through EPIC


All NZ schools are again able to get free access to Oxford Art Online, Oxford Music Online and the Oxford English Dictionary Online through EPIC

The Ministry of Education has allocated some additional funding to add these resources to the annual e-resource subscription on behalf of all NZ schools through EPIC.

Find out more about EPIC's worldwide range of electronic resources from the EPIC website

Tongan Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga 1–7 September


Tongan Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga takes place this year from Monday 1 September to Sunday 7 September 2014. This resource page provides ideas, resources, and inspiration to help you learn and celebrate the Tongan language with your school community.