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News of February 2017

New resource from NZ Police: Safer Schools


A new resource from NZ Police is designed to help year 7/8 students to identify and prioritise action that will make the school environment safer. 

Safer Schools is a structured series of learning activities involving students, the school, and police that culminates in student-led recommendations and actions to improve the school environment.

You can download all the resources needed to implement Safer Schools from NZ Police's School Portal, or speak to your School Community Officer.

Kupe Scholarships for Māori and Pasifika High Achievers


The 2017 TeachNZ Kupe Scholarships for early childhood education, primary, and secondary teaching are now open, and close on Tuesday 7 March 2017.

You can download the 2017 application form and application guide from the TeachNZ website.

Video guides that offer you some key advice when completing your application are also available on the site.

Digital citizenship modules


These self-paced modules from the Enabling e-Learning website can be used for personal or staff professional development.

Each module contains different activities that include questions for reflection.

These can be worked through individually or with your colleagues and are designed to be flexible.

Select the content that is relevant to you and your school from each of them.

Connected Learning Advisory professional support for schools in 2017


Throughout 2017 the Connected Learning Advisory is offering free professional learning opportunities for school leaders, teachers, and leaders of digital technologies to come together and explore ways to manage and plan how their school or Community of Learning (CoL) uses digital technologies for learning.

The workshops are free and will be held across the country. The first of these will be held on 14 and 16 March in Auckland and Tauranga.

For more information about workshops and registration go to this webpage.

Staying Safe Online: A Quick Reference Guide


Netsafe and their educational partners have put together some ideas to help schools talk about staying safe online.

Staying Safe Online: A Quick Reference Guide is full of advice to help students, staff and whānau. It includes tips to help students safely use apps such as Instagram, Snapchat, Google, Facebook, and more.

Download the guide from NetSafe’s website.

Ministry for Primary Industries teacher resources


The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has developed a set of level 4 and 5 learning activities for mathematics, science, social studies, and technology with a specific focus on the New Zealand kiwifruit industry.

The industry snapshot gives an update on the kiwifruit industry and is suitable for all subject areas.