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News of April 2016

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.

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....

Inclusive Practice and the School Curriculum


Inclusive Practice and the School Curriculum is an online resource for teachers and leaders in New Zealand English-medium school settings.

It has been developed to build professional knowledge and create a shared understanding of inclusive practice within the New Zealand Curriculum.

It is anticipated that providers of PLD will draw on the resource as they work in and with schools to develop effective and inclusive teaching and learning programmes.

Anzac Day resource page


Use this Anzac Day resource page to help plan learning activities around this significant national day.

The page offers a rich array of classroom ideas and links to support students to gain insights and understandings.

Latest Junior Journal and School Journal Story Library audio and TSMs available


Audio files and teacher support materials are now available on Literacy Online for Junior Journal 52 and School Journal Story Library 2016 texts Breathless and Diary of a Wild Boy.

Maintenance of the Vocational Pathways


To ensure that the Vocational Pathways remain current and relevant we are carrying out a minor update for 2016.

This means expired standards and qualifications can be removed and newly registered standards and qualifications can be considered for inclusion.

Submissions are being received for any proposed inclusion of standards and qualifications into the Vocational Pathways. 

You have until the 18th April to make a submission.

Find out more from this page on the Youth Guarantee website.

Student Management System Workshops


The Ministry’s Student Information Sharing Initiative (SISI) is working with the sector to resolve  the challenge of easily accessing and sharing information that schools, students, and caregivers need.

Following sector feedback requesting professional learning support on the use of student management systems (SMS), the Connected Learning Advisory—Te Ara Whītiki is running a series of half-day workshops throughout Term 2 on behalf of the Ministry of Education.

These workshops are free of charge and are being held in 30 regional locations. These workshops will be useful to senior leaders in all schools and kura, regardless of the SMS you use.

You can register here for a workshop in your area.

Read more about the Student Information Sharing Initiative here in this Education Gazette article.