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News of October 2017

Term 4 Enabling e-Learning webinars and events


Enabling e-Learning has a fresh series of free online webinars and forums this term to support your professional learning and development, and build your e-capability. 

Register now for these free webinars:

Full calendar of events

LEARNZ virtual field trip: Life at the boundary - investigating natural hazards


Living in New Zealand means that your students, during their lifetime, are likely to experience an emergency caused by a natural hazard. 

In this natural hazards virtual field trip, starting 31 October 2017, students will see dinosaur fossils, fault lines, plus evidence of past and recent earthquakes, tsunamis and landslides that all helped to create the landscapes we see today. 

They'll explore the difference between a natural hazard and a disaster, how to reduce the impact of natural disasters on people and property, and ways to make their own home more resilient.

Diwali - festival of lights


Diwali, also known as Deepavali, or the Festival of Lights, is a five day long Hindu celebration, beginning this year on 30 October.

Diwali signifies the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and renewal of life.

 Millions of Hindus around the world, including those in New Zealand, celebrate Diwali with gifts, lights, fireworks, and special meals. Major public festivals, along with private and family celebrations, mark Diwali in New Zealand.

This page from New Zealand Curriculum Online has ideas, activities, and resources to help you celebrate Diwali in your school.

Working with English Language Learners


The DVD that accompanies the Working with English Language Learners (WELLs) handbook for teacher aides and bilingual tutors is now available in digital form along with the handbook on ESOL Online.

The WELLs handbook consists of a series of short modules that support schools to maximise the effect of teacher aides/bilingual tutors supporting English language learners from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

Wellbeing@School student survey free of charge until December 2018


The Wellbeing@School student survey is now free of charge until December 2018. 

The Wellbeing@school survey has been designed to help schools identify how different aspects of school life contribute to a safe and caring environment that deters bullying. 

Gathering data also provides a baseline for monitoring outcomes over time. 

You can sign up for the free Wellbeing@School student survey and find out more about the toolkit here. 

Conservation Week 14–22 October 2017


Conservation Week 2017 encourages you to “love your backyard” by getting involved in activities and events either in your own backyard or in our big New Zealand backyard. 

This resource page from New Zealand Curriculum Online has many suggestions for activities, projects, events, and resources to support your involvement.

Niue Language Week 15–21 October 2017


This year the goal of Niue Language Week is “Ke fakamau, fakamanatu mo e fakaaoga tumau e Vagahau Niue”, that is, the maintenance, retention and development of Vagahau Niue (Niue language)."

This resource page from New Zealand Curriculum Online offers ideas and resources to help you celebrate Vagahau Niue Week with your students and school community.