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News of October 2016

NZ ADHD Awareness Day 30 October 2016


The ADHD guide provides practical classroom strategies and suggestions that benefit all students, but particularly those with ADHD.

The guide includes links to in-depth resources and specialist support services.

'Get Firewise' resources


The New Zealand Fire Service offers a range of fire-safety education resources for early childhood, kōhanga reo, primary, and year 7 and 8 students.

The education resources are designed to be delivered by teachers and kaiako. They can be supported by firefighters with a school visit and fire-safety presentation.

Resources are free to schools and can be ordered using the form on this page.

A NZ Fire Services poster [PDF] has five steps schools can take to help minimise the risk of arson. It can be downloaded from the NZ Fire Services website.

What’s the Plan, Stan?


The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management has relaunched What’s the Plan Stan?, a guide for teaching emergency preparedness in primary classrooms. 

The resource explores six impacts students may face in an emergency event and how they can prepare for an emergency situation.

Tokelau Language Week Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau 23–29 October 2016


This year Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau (Tokelau Language Week) will run from 23 October to 29 October.

This resource page from New Zealand Curriculum Online has ideas and activities to help you celebrate and nurture the language and culture of Tokelau in your classroom and school community.

Improvements to NCEA student app


Find out from this Education Gazette article about the recently enhanced NCEA student app.

The app has new features including specific assessment information and dates, and is available in English and te reo Māori.

The NCEA student app complements the NCEA guide app, for parents and employers, which was launched by NZQA in 2014. 

The apps, which are both free, are available from the iTunes and Google Play stores, along with a range of other student apps.
NZQA encourages students to look at all available options and choose the one that best meets their needs.
More information about both apps can be found on the NZQA website.

LIVE Webinar: NZQA update on digital exams


Steve Bargh will be presenting a free webinar that looks at digitising external assessments with regard to:

  • NZQA journey to date
  • Schools currently trialing digital assessment
  • Outcomes and feedback so far from trials
  • Where to from here for the future

When: 15:45 - 16:45, 26 Oct 2016

Venue: Adobe Connect

Register, and find out how to join the webinar on this page.

Vagahau Niue Language Week


This year Niue Language Week runs from Sunday 16 October 2016 and will end on Saturday 22 October with Niue Constitution Day.

The theme for this year’s Niue Language Week is ‘Ponataki, Tukutaula ke Mauokafua e Vagahau Niue’, which translates into ‘Bind, Anchor to Firmly Uphold the Vagahau Niue’.

This resource page offers ideas and resources to help you celebrate Vagahau Niue Language Week with your students and school community.